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Strengthen your immunity this winter in India


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Even as you appreciate the wonderful change in weather, the winter coldness will soon bring with it illnesses such as colds, flu, and fever. Boosting your immunity is the greatest strategy to avoid becoming sick during this season. As it is, winter makes one feel hungrier than normal, therefore it is essential to eat the correct foods. You must also adhere to a suitable fitness regimen, therefore adopt lifestyle modifications to reap the most benefits.

Consume a well-balanced diet.


During the winter, the market is flooded with fresh fruits and vegetables. As a result, your primary goal should be to consume as many nutrients as possible through healthy nutrition. To strengthen your immune system, a balance of vitamins A, C, D, and E, minerals like selenium and zinc, antioxidants, and Omega 3 is essential, which may be found in meat, legumes, cereals, whole grains, nuts, and seeds, in addition to fresh fruits and vegetables. Maintain a healthy digestive system in order to strengthen your immune system. Fermented foods include beneficial microorganisms that should be included in your diet. Yogurt, kefir, and kimchi are examples of such foods that you should include in your diet.



Choose homemade food.

Ayurvedic medicine highly recommends fresh, home-cooked meals that increase immunity, such as milk, yogurt, green leafy vegetables, nutritious grains, and clarified ghee (in moderation). It also stimulates the use of foods with sweet, salty, and sour flavors throughout the chilly winter months to provide the necessary boost. At the same time, avoid cold drinks and meals since they dilute the gastrointestinal digesting fluids. Avoid eating stale, leftover meals, deep-fried foods, soft drinks, processed meats, baked goods, artificial sweeteners, or refined sugars since they overload the system with superfluous calories. They help calm the elevated gastrointestinal digestive fire, which lowers immunity.



Cook using herbs and spices.

Herbs and spices include all of the necessary components to enhance the immune system. Ginger, garlic, black pepper, turmeric, thyme, basil, and cinnamon should all be used.

Try not to get dehydrated.


Most of us do not feel thirsty in cold weather, which leads to dehydration. It is essential to drink plenty of water so that it may circulate throughout the body and promote blood circulation. To receive an extra dosage of Vitamin C, infuse your water with citrus fruits and drink it throughout the day.



Get enough rest.

Getting seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night can revitalize you. It also ensures that your body gets enough rest before returning to work the next day. It boosts the immune system's ability to combat infections and keeps viruses at bay.



Relax.

Manage your anxiety levels since stress might raise your chances of being unwell. Because the cold weather might make you more prone to depression, it is essential to take efforts to relax. Try meditation and yoga for your body, watch humor shows on TV, hang out with clever friends, visit your neighbors, or perform a nice action! All of these will benefit you and aid to boost your immune system.



Get some sunlight

Because the sun is not too harsh in the winter, this is the greatest time to go for a stroll in the sun. A morning stroll will provide you with natural Vitamin D, which is required for good bone health. You may also do easy workouts outside, such as walking, jogging, or stretching.


 

FAQs

How much sleep do I require?

Adults require around 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. This varies depending on the individual. However, sleeping for fewer than 7 hours every night on a consistent basis may impair your immune system.


Sleep deprivation inhibits the immune system's ability to produce protective chemicals such as antibodies and cytokines.

Should I try to lose weight?

Is exercise beneficial to my immune system?

Is smoking bad for my immune system?

What more should I do to boost my immune system?



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