During the winter months, flu and cold are rampant because of changes in weather and lack of sunlight. However, you don’t have to be a victim of these diseases. There are several things you can do to help boost your immune system during winter.
Get Plenty of Healthy Oil
It’s important to supplement your diet with cod liver oil or other essential oils. These oils take the place of natural sunlight. During warm weather, the sun’s rays provide nutrients that help you boost your immune system. In winter, however, most people don’t have a lot of exposure to the sun. Thus, it’s important to replace these nutrients with cod liver oil and other oils that contain Vitamin D. You may also want to take a Vitamin D supplement.
Raw garlic may sound gross, but it is one of the best natural immune-system boosters you can find. Garlic contains many antibiotic and antiviral elements that are destroyed if you cook it.
This doesn’t mean you have to just eat whole garlic cloves, however. Get creative; put garlic on top of toast, in salads or mix it with hummus. You’ll get even more of its positive effects if you crush it. You can mix crushed garlic with honey or other sweeteners to make it more palatable.
Stock Up on Yogurt
Yogurt is a powerful pro-biotic; this food item contains healthy bacteria that help protect the health of your stomach. This is important because stomach disease seriously harms your immune system; if you have digestive problems, you are more likely to get sick. Eat yogurt at least once a day. You can use it to top waffles, mix it with sliced fruit for a parfait or eat it plain. You can also substitute plain yogurt for sour cream in many recipes.
Avoid Processed Foods
Processed foods often contain a lot of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients that your stomach finds difficult to process. It’s especially important to avoid these foods during the winter months so that you can protect your digestive system’s health. Again, the healthier your stomach is, the healthier you will be overall this winter.
Eat Plenty of Salads
Eating a lot of salad is beneficial during the winter because many vegetables contain Vitamin C, which can help bolster your immune system. Make sure your salads include generous helpings of the following foods:
- Bell peppers
You should also eat fruits that are rich in Vitamin C, such as oranges, strawberries, papaya and pineapple. You may want to use some of these fruits to top your salads.
Eat fruits and vegetables raw for greatest potency.
Sugar not only causes tooth decay and increases your risk of diabetes, but also depresses your immune system. Some people are very sensitive to sugar’s effects, while others may not notice them. Regardless of your sensitivity to sugar, you should avoid it as much as possible to protect yourself from illness.
This is especially challenging during the holiday season, but is well worth it. Limit your intake of sugar to one or two special items in order to avoid immune system problems.
Make Sure You Get Enough Sleep
It’s vital to get enough rest during the winter months so that your body can renew itself and your immune system can stay strong. If you can’t sleep through the night for some reason or just feel tired and run-down, make sure to squeeze in time for a nap during the day.
It can be more challenging to keep your immune system strong during the winter months, but if you follow the tips above, you can protect your health.
Ron Thompson writes for Del-Immune V®, a unique probiotic supplement made from the lactobacillus rhamnosus which is a natural immune system booster from Del-Immune.