Regularly getting ill during winter? Winter is the peak season for colds and flu, they circulate in the community due to the winter weather, as research suggests being cold makes our immune system less able to fight infection.
In this blog post, we share our top tips on creating a stronger immune system during the winter - making you more able to fight off any infections.
Our top tips:
- Quit smoking: It damages your lungs ability to clear infection and increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and many more health complications.
- Be active: Exercising releases feel-good endorphins, improving mental and physical well-being.
- Spend time in the sunlight: We know that there’s not much sunshine in the winter, but investing in a sunlamp can be an effective way of getting sunlight. This increases levels of serotonin in the brain, which is associated with improved mood.
- Have a balanced diet: Ensure your diet is balanced, with plenty of fruit and veg to supply the nutrients your body needs to work effectively.
- Drink responsibly: Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can lead to major risk health factors such as heart attacks and strokes.
- Have 7 - 9 hours of sleep each night: Sleep helps to restore and repair your heart and blood vessels.
- Find better ways to cope with stress: Dealing with stress effectively can help you to be happier, healthier, and more productive.
- Take vitamin supplements: Vitamins and minerals, such as iron, calcium and vitamin C are essential nutrients that your body needs in small amounts to work effectively.
- Wash your hands regularly: Removes germs from hands, which prevents infections, and remember to use your sanitiser!