Winter Is Coming - Boost your immunity for the chills ahead
It is that time of the year when your jackets start coming out of the attic where they were stashed away. There is a nip in the air, a clear indicator that winter has finally arrived. So before you start stocking on the flu medicines, try these natural hacks to give your immunity a boost so that it stays in fighting shape.
- Eat a balanced diet
Make sure your meal has all the necessary elements – vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts and sprouts. Also, herbs and spices, including turmeric, garlic, ginger, chilli, cumin and cinnamon are known to have antibacterial healing properties. A sprinkle of these healthy spices can up the nutrition quotient of your meal.
- Stay hydrated
Doctors advise drinking 7-8 glasses of water every day. That’s because this wonder drink cleanses your system of all the toxins that accumulate over time, tidying up your immunity in the process.
- Exercise regularly
You don’t necessarily have to enrol in a tness studio for this. Even a 30-minute walk every day can do wonders for your health. It is advisable to exercise indoors because of the rising air pollution levels during this time of the year. Team your walking sessions with strength and conditioning exercises to stay fit across the year.
- Sleep tight
Nothing can strengthen your immunity more than seven to eight hours of sound sleep. To make this a habit, try going to sleep at the same time every day. This way, your body’s circadian rhythm is maintained. Also, keep o any electronic device during the hours leading up to bedtime.
- Cut back on stress
A stressed-out body is the perfect breeding ground for a host of illnesses. However, in this day of cut-throat competition, stress is often inevitable. Take some time out to relax, unwind, and engage in meditation and other relaxation techniques. Yoga can be beneficial to keep stress levels in check.
Whether you have some of the tell-tale signs of a cold or want to keep one at bay during the winter, following the hacks mentioned above can help.