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As winter starts to draw closer, it’s a good idea to stock up on vitamin C and to begin to take precautions to help improve our chances of your staying healthy during the coming months. Instead of changing up your entire routine in order to give your immune system a bit of a boost, what might be a little easier is to try a couple of things that can be implemented without disrupting your life too much. I’d like to share some of the tips that have helped me to maintain good health in the colder months over the years. Do as many of these as you can, daily if possible, in order to make sure your system will keep functioning at optimal capacity.
Start Your Day With Lemon, Lime Water
Whether you prefer lemon water, lime water or a combination of both, starting your day with a glass of this is going to bring health benefits aplenty. Lime water is handy for promoting good digestion, and lemons are packed with important vitamins and minerals. By habitually having a glass of this when you wake up, you’re also sending a signal to your body that it’s time for a new day to begin, which can be especially useful on some of the colder mornings.
Speaking Of Water...
It goes without saying that you should be consuming enough water each day to keep your body hydrated, and your cells nourished. When winter rolls around, it’s especially important to check in with yourself about whether you’re drinking enough of it over the course of the day. A simple way to consume more water is to substitute lunch and dinner drinks with a healthy glass of water (or two), which will also help you to feel a little more full between meals.
Post-Breakfast Supplements Are Your Friends
When you’re trying to keep your immune system strong ahead of cold and flu season, post-breakfast supplements can be a great way to give your body that extra boost to get through. A multivitamin with Vitamin D3 (2000 IU), Vitamin C (2000mg), Zinc (75mg) and Vitamin B-complex is a good option to explore. If you’re already getting some of these in ample quantities through your diet and would like to stick to daily recommended amounts, you could also take them individually. Some of the best brands to explore include Metagenics Vitamin D3 5000,Solal MegaB & Zinplex.
Minimise Processed Foods and Include More Whole Foods
Good health and wellbeing generally requires minimising consumption of processed foods, but when you’re in hibernation mode during winter, it’s easier to fall into the takeout or processed food trap. Try to restrict the amount of times you do so in a month, while still allowing yourself some leeway to have some comfort food on the days you want it. A good way to counter cravings for processed foods is to include more whole foods in your diet, including fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains and more.
Have Something Handy For When You’re Feeling Low
Going through the ebb and flow of life includes realising that there will be days when you feel a little less like your usual cheerful self. Rather than reaching for the candy bowl (or alcoholic beverage), it’s handy to have a go-to elixir on hand to give you the boost you need. Soak ginger slices and a squeeze of lemon in hot water for a minute or two, along with a sprinkle of turmeric and black pepper. Feel free to add a dash of cayenne pepper or raw honey as you see fit. Voila! Your elixir is ready.
By following some of these quick tips, you’re giving your body the best possible chance to stay healthy this winter. As the world continues to fight the coronavirus, giving your immune system a fighting chance to ward off infections efficiently is a necessity, not just a nice-to-have. That said, if you find yourself looking for more ideas on how to give an added boost to your day, feel free to reach out to me, and I’ll send you the recipe for a delicious cold afternoon drink that will do the trick. Here’s to a good winter season this year, filled with warmth, joy and good health.