The change of seasons brings out the bugs that cause colds and flu but, by following these simple health tips, you can steer clear of the dreaded lurgies.
A healthy, well-balanced diet the most important aspect of health and wellbeing. So, eat a variety of nutrient rich foods and make sure you get out for a long walk once a day, or two short, vigorous walks. You’ll be amazed at how strong your immune system will be just by following this one tip.
Eat these essential micronutrients
It’s one thing to have a well-balanced diet, but there are some micronutrients you can eat to give your immune system a real boost. If your diet takes in all five food groups, you should be okay, or you can focus on foods rich in:
- milk and dairy
- dark green leafy vegetables
- sweet potatoes, carrots and pumpkins
- fortified cereals and grains
- beef and poultry
- starchy vegetables
- non-citrus fruits
- Swiss cheese
- fortified cereals
- citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, grapefruits and limes
- Kiwi fruit
- red peppers
- Brussels sprouts
- fortified dairy products
- lean meat
- wholegrain cereals
- lean meat
- fish and poultry
- leafy green vegetables
Increase your probiotic intake
Probiotics help to bolster your immune system by increasing white blood cell activity and boosting your natural immune barriers. You can take a probiotic supplement, or you can just incorporate more of these foods in your diet:
- dark chocolate
- miso soup
- kombucha tea
Get more sleep and exercise
It’s easy to sleep in during winter. I mean, how good is it to wrap yourself up in your doona and put a pillow over your head for a cold morning sleep-in? Easy. But getting up and exercising is a little more difficult – especially in the colder months.
Still, after a good sleep, it’s not so tough getting up, popping the heater on and doing a few push ups, some yoga and maybe some stretches.
Your body works its best when it gets a balance of good food, rest and exercise, so make a concerted effort to get a good night’s sleep, then eat well and exercise a little each day and you’ll reap the rewards – and be more likely to stay fighting fit this autumn and winter.
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