Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet
As well as your mental well-being, eating a healthy diet is important to provide your body with the essential nutrients it needs to fight off disease. Stick to healthy whole foods, raw foods, fruit and vegetables and try to load up on superfoods for an extra boost that these can offer. Keeping your body hydrated is essential for good health and fighting off illness, so drink plenty of water during the winter time.
Try Techniques to Reduce Stress
Studies consistently shows that high levels of stress can make people more likely to become ill and contract cold and flu. Make sure you have a proper work-life balance, spend plenty of time with friends and family. There are many techniques you can use to help reduce stress and ensure your body gets the time it needs to recover from the daily stress of living. Such stress-reducing activities include yoga and meditation.
It has been well-established for many years that smoking compromises the immune system. If you are a smoker, then giving-up smoking this winter will significantly improve your overall health and well-being.
Plenty of Exercise
Regular exercise is important to keep your body fit and healthy, you don’t need to go to the gym, just 15 minutes of exercise a day is sufficient. Try walking the last half-mile to work, or do some light exercise at home. During exercise your body is flooded with endorphins which give you a feeling of euphoria, which can help to reduce stress too!
Make Sure You Get Enough Sleep
If your body does not get enough sleep then it will soon begin to tire and your immune system will suffer, leaving you vulnerable to illness and disease. Keep your body fit and running like clockwork by ensuing that you get enough sleep. The average person needs at least 6-8 hours per night.
Reduce Sugar in Your Diet
Your immune system can be affected negatively by excessive sugar in your body. Reduce your intake and try to consume a maximum of 9 teaspoons of sugar a day. Remember that many other foods such as pasta and bread are broken down into sugar inside your body, so bear this is mind; it’s not just cakes and soda which contain sugar.
Wash your Hands with Soap and Water
Did you know that there are some viruses and bacteria which are not killed off with alcohol cleansers? Many experts recommend simple soap and hot water as the best ways to wash your hands. Wash them regularly throughout the day to prevent the spread of bacteria and to reduce your chances to becoming ill.