As the winter months approach, you might be looking for ways to keep the chill at bay improve your health. Here are some easy ways you can boost your immune system and maintain your wellbeing as the seasons change:
The main way to maintain your health is with your meals. When the cold sets in, it can be easy to turn to comfort foods with more carbohydrates, sugars and unhealthy fats. It is important to choose foods rich in the nutrients and minerals you should be getting in your diet to ensure your body continues to run at its best.
This means eating more fruit and vegetables along with your grass-fed meat. When you cook up your portion of steak for dinner, pair it with a hearty dose of stir-fried or steamed veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, carrot and spinach. Alternatively, replace your potato wedges with a selection of roast vegetables, including sweet potato, parsnip, carrot, red onion and capsicum.
Get enough sleep
Jessica Alexander, spokesperson for the Sleep Council, states the average person should be getting between 7-9 hours sleep every night. Sleeping less than this, or more, could lead to larger health issues. Having a good night’s sleep leads to better mental and physical health aiding/boosting the function of both brain and body.
When the days get colder and darker, you may find yourself wanting to venture from the comfort of your home. Don’t stop getting your daily dose of exercise. Keeping active helps to maintain a healthy body weight while also strengthening your immune system and aiding mental health. If you really can’t face the cold, head to a class at your local gym or do some cardio in your lounge when you’re watching your favourite TV show.
Sometimes, minimising the spread of germs is as simple as washing your hands regularly and not sharing items such as drink bottles with other people. When someone you live with has come down with the flu, clean surfaces more often and keep your home in tip-top shape.