Now the cold seems to be setting in we are all seeing the spectacular array of winter illnesses spreading through the town. Rather than wait until either your family or you fall victim to the viruses, let’s cover some top tips on how to keep healthy and avoid contracting whatever it might be that is going around.
Many common germs and viruses enter the body through your eyes, nose and mouth, which invites them directly into your body. It’s like encouraging a robber straight into your home through an open door. Avoid rubbing your eyes or biting your nails if this is you. Finally if you have kids- make sure they aren’t picking their nose!
Regular cardiovascular exercise of around 30 minutes a day is thought to reduce your chances
of getting ill for a number of reasons. However extreme exercise regimes can actually give an increased susceptibility to becoming ill for a short period of time following. If you can’t resist those long punishing runs, or brutal boot camps through the winter then fear not! Vitamin C supplements are thought to offer some protection whilst your body replenishes its stores and restores the immune system to full health.
Now we are into October the intensity of the sunlight we receive will no longer help us to produce Vitamin D which is crucial for good immune cell functions. So ensure your diet contains good amounts through the winter. Don’t hold back on foods rich in Vitamin D such as: oily fish, milk or yoghurt, eggs, and even liver if you tend to enjoy a sliver of the stuff
Wash your hands regularly, particularly before meal times so you don’t ingest any unwanted inhabitants. Keeping a small antibacterial gel in the car or in your handbag is a good idea in case you grab something on the go and can’t get those hands washed in time.
Proper immune function relies on having good levels of a wide range of vitamins and nutrients. I won’t list the benefits of every food source right now-but variety is the key. A diet containing a mixture of: fruit, vegetables, oily fish, nuts, seeds and occasional red meat provides us with most, if not all of what we need to function well. Takeaways are fine but why not limit yourself to one a week…all that salt just dehydrates us and that leads to an increased risk of urinary tract infection! 1.5 litres of water per day – not fizzy drinks, is what you should aim for. Did you know that dehydration is also a risk factor for coronary heart disease? No excuses!
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