When the temperatures drop, the excitement and anticipation for the holiday season fill the air. But unfortunately, the change in season also brings a surge of germs and subsequently those pesky common colds run rampant this time of year. That’s why it’s extra important to pay close attention to your immune system and your family’s to make sure everyone in your home stays healthy and happy for the holidays. Here are 3 natural ways to protect your immune system and stay healthy this holiday season.
Regulate your sleep
Do everything you can to regulate your sleep schedule. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day is one of the best things you can do for your body. On top of running your entire body down, sleep deprivation can specifically decrease the efficiency of your immune system, which makes it easier for unknown viruses to attack your body. Make sure everyone gets 7-8 hours of sleep every night to be more productive during the day and to keep your immune system healthy.
Pay attention to your diet
The foods you fuel your body with directly affects the way your body functions. No news there. But in order to cater to your immune system to keep your body virus-free, fill your diet with power foods such as lemons, turmeric, garlic, cinnamon, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, yogurt, and shellfish. For an immune improvement wintertime ritual, consider squeezing half a lemon into a glass of lukewarm water to drink before bedtime.
Staying active year-round is one of the best ways to keep your immune system strong and functioning properly. Exercise raises the levels of oxygen in the body, and the more oxygen your body has, the better your body runs. Although the weather conditions aren’t ideal, don’t use the winter months as an excuse to miss your daily workout. Take your workouts indoors by joining a gym or taking a yoga class to avoid the cold weather and still get your workout in.
These three tips are general ways to maintain your health and wellness all year long, but it’s extra important to pay close attention to your body to protect your immune system during the winter months.