It’s that time of year again. It’s freezing outside and there’s a cold/flu bug traveling around the office. You’re already crabby from the post holiday blues and the last thing you need is to catch the cold that everyone else has.
Eat More Veggies: Stop reaching for those leftover frozen Christmas cookies. Excess sugar actually weakens our immune system which means you’re less likely to be able to fend off that flu bug. Instead of reaching for the sweets, snack on some veggies and healthy fats like nuts and avocados.
Get Moving: I know it’s cold out there but it’s time to get moving. Exercising means you’re breathing deeper and your body is full of oxygen. Sickness has a really difficult time surviving in oxygen. You don’t have to be like Rocky- making a smoothie with raw eggs and running down the sidewalk for miles on end. Find something you enjoy- whether that be yoga, HIIT, weightlifting, zumba, or even swimming at your local park district.
Check Your Vitamin D3 Levels: Many Americans are deficient in Vitamin D. A lot of people know that Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium which is good for our bones. A lot of people don’t realize though that vitamin D also helps boost our immune system. Vitamin D is something we absorb from the sun in the spring and summertime but is nearly impossible to absorb from the sun during these Chicago winters. Supplementing with a high quality vitamin D3 is a great idea for these winter months- research shows that this supplement actually helps boost our immune system. It’s important to note that vitamin D is fat soluble so don’t take it on an empty stomach. Fat actually helps unlock vitamin D so the body understands how to use it.
Find A Way to Control Your Stress: Stress is one of the biggest culprits for tanking your immune system. Finding a way to unwind at the end of the day is a big deal. Whether that be reading a book, doing yoga, watching the Blackhawks, knitting a scarf, or even playing some video-games.