How to boost your immune system in winter
Do you get sick more often in winter? It's completely normal! The cold weakens the immune system. To stop having a runny nose, sore throat or other winter ailments, today I am going to share with you 7 valuable tips :
#1. Wash your hands regularly
It is important to wash your hands with soap and water before eating, when leaving the toilet, after blowing your nose, after touching door handles, after shaking hands with people, after taking public transport, when leaving the hospital, before taking care of children, after touching your pet.
If you don't have soap or water available, you can use a hydro-alcoholic gel to disinfect your hands.
#2. Ventilate your home
The air we breathe inside our homes is polluted by volatile organic compounds from carpets, rugs, wall paintings, decorative objects, clothing, PVC windows. On that list, we can add the harmful substances released by appliances, household products, room fragrances, scented candles, etc.
When there is no ventilation, moisture can set in and create mold. And, mold can cause allergic reactions, cough, and worsening asthma.
#3. Get enough sleep
Lack of sleep weakens immunity. So if you don't want to be prone to infections and diseases, allow your body to recover, regenerate, and regulate your metabolism as long as needed.
#4. Eat well
During the winter, we tend to let loose and turn to comfort foods. But unfortunately, they're not always the healthiest options... Since food directly influences everything related to our metabolism and our immune system, we need to increase the nutritional value of our plates! It's easier said than done when you don't know how to do it, or when you're addicted to junk food. That being said, at some point, you have to stop making excuses and change your bad eating habits once and for all. Start by getting in touch with a health practitioner and that will already be a step forward.
#5. Do some physical activity
It's all about striking a happy medium. Too much or too little puts your body in a state of vulnerability to illness. The keys are moderation and regularity.
#6. Use medicinal plants
Thanks to their active ingredients, medicinal herbs are effective natural remedies when used appropriately. Consumed internally, they warm the body and let's say that in winter we enjoy this kind of sensation!
#7. Disinfect your smartphone
They follow us everywhere but still we don't think of disinfecting them. If you're wondering why you should do it when you don't see visible dirt. The answer is that our cell phones are real germs because they are not always handled with clean hands plus the fact that they release heat allows bacteria to thrive. Estonian researchers have discovered that there are 10 times more bacteria on our cell phones than in the toilet bowl. It's hard to believe isn't it? Here is the study that was done.
Soap vs hand sanitizer, UCI health