Canadian winters are almost always harsh, more so now that the world has been talking about the coldest winter yet. Winter has returned with a bit of a cold streak and Canadians are all about finding ways to keep warm.
Outdoor activities and adventures are fun and all but never when one is sick and the cold and snow is sure to attempt to blow on people’s immune systems. Here are seven old age steps passed from generations that is sure to help fend off the colds, coughs and flu and keep you healthy, strong and fit for the rest of the cold season.
Drink water. Lots and lots of water.
Staying hydrated is the number one key to fitness, all experts say that and that proves true for keeping healthy and helping digestion. Drink at least 6-8 glasses a day. If you don’t like drinking water, you could opt for refreshing teas. Pick teas that offer antioxidant benefits. Popular choices are mint and green teas.
Lessen your sugar intake
Studies show a connection between weight gain and refined sugar. Refined sugar, along with refined flour are also said to compromise your immune system. Instead of eating these, better to snack on healthier choices made with whole grains and natural sugars such as fruits.
3Go for the extra garlic
Garlic is one of the best known natural bacteria and virus killer and an intense immune booster. Try putting more of this spice on your home meals, sauces and pasta. If you don’t like cooking with garlic, you can buy garlic supplements at most health food stores.
Load up with vitamin C
Research shows that vitamin C is still the most powerful immune boosting vitamins readily available. Vitamin C supplements in liquid or chewable form are also available in most stores. If you’re not for the supplement tablets, Vitamin C is naturally occurring in oranges and broccoli.
Don’t forget about zinc
Vitamins and minerals are two very different things, both essential in keeping a healthy body and strong immune system. Zinc is like the mineral equivalent of vitamin C. Zinc lozenges, mostly used for sore throats, can be purchased in most stores. Zinc is also naturally found in most meats like beef, lamb, pork and salmon and in whole grains, beans and nuts.
Wash your hands
This is the most effective preventive method of not getting sick. Even when it’s not winter, you should practice washing hands to kill germs that might be passed onto you.
Get regular exercise
Stay loyal to your exercise routine even in the winter. It will not only boost your immune system but also decrease your stress levels and keep your weight down. Buy exercise equipment, get a gym membership, watch fitness videos or go for a run or a brisk walk. 45 minutes three times a week would be a good solution. If your day is too busy, you can wake up an hour earlier or do your routine before going to bed.
Proper nutrition, diet and exercise are all that is needed to maintain and strengthen your healthy body and boost your immune system against sickness. Bundle up for the cold winter, everyone!