Winter is here. And so is the fear of catching a cold or the flu. But guess what? You can beat those germs at their game with a few simple precautions.
Drink Plenty of Water
We know you may not feel that thirsty during winter. But it’s important to drink enough water. Dehydration dries up the protective, mucosal lining inside the nose and throat. This makes it easier for invader germs to invade our body. Water also moves infection-fighting immune cells to all parts of the body.
Regular, moderate physical activity boosts immunity. Exercise boosts circulation of cells that fight infection and lowers production of stress-related hormones that suppress immune function. A 30-minute walk a day is enough to close the doors on those nasty germs.
When you are stressed, not only do you lose clarity of mind but you also lose your immunity. Imagine stress as a kid throwing a loud tantrum, preventing your nervous, hormonal and immune systems from communicating with each other effectively.
To beat stress, sleep well, laugh a lot, try relaxation techniques and do things that make you feel happy.
Sometimes, infections come knocking despite your best efforts to shoo them away. In such a case, an OPD health plan can cover you against medical expenses, year-long.
Bask in the Winter Sun
Let the warm, soft winter sunshine hold you in a cosy embrace. Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients for the immune system. It triggers your immune system to function effectively. It also prevents the immune system from attacking healthy cells; also known as autoimmune disease.
Superfoods for Super Immunity
The right foods can make you invincible to infections.
Garlic: Garlic is said to ward off vampires. We don’t know about that but garlic sure does away with beastly bacteria, frightening fungi and vicious viruses!
Yogurt: The good old dahi is great for keeping healthy and strong during any season. The probiotics in yogurt keep your gut and immune system healthy.
Red, orange and yellow foods: Deficiency of Vitamin A lowers your immunity, so have Vitamin A containing foods such as papaya, pumpkin and sweet potatoes.
Vitamin C is known for boosting immunity. Reach out for amla, guava and citrus fruits.
Winter is the time to celebrate festivals, hang stockings for Santa to fill and gear up to welcome the New Year with open arms. Don’t let infections take away from the joy of this season. Take care!