It’s that time of the year now, when the weather can become cold, and you want to get into a blanket quickly, wear warm clothes, and have those piping hot bhajiyas, Elaichi Adrak Chai. In other words, you want to do everything that keeps you warm.
It’s also a time when, wherever you go outside, you find everyone around you coughing and sneezing, whether you are going to a provision store to buy the groceries, or you are travelling to your office by bus, or you are in your office.You are bound to encounter someone or the other having a torrid time with their cold.
Or you may be just home in your apartment building, and you’d hear people sneezing and coughing early in the morning and at night. If your nose is extra sensitive to the cold, it may seem all trouble has broken loose upon you so suddenly.
If you are immunosuppressive or have existing conditions like Asthma, COPD and Diabetes, the infection could catch hold of you quicker. Catching a cold, therefore, when everyone else around you is grappling with it might be inevitable, or is it?
1. Relax more often
Yes, just relax and your immune system will be fine as well. if you are vulnerable or catch cold faster it could also be because of too much stress and not enough sleep”
So, don’t be afraid to retreat, take a break and recharge your tired batteries this winter.
If you spend time alone to relax it as well reduces the number of people getting into contact with you for that period and lesser chances of you catching an infection from them.
2. Drink more water
If you don’t drink water regularly and don’t hydrate yourself sufficiently, that also affects your overall immune system. Make sure you give your body a chance to remove all toxins.
Toxins in your body also compromise your immunity, and the chill in the air makes your condition worse. So, nourish yourself with plenty of water at all times.
3. Eat foods that boost your immunity
Make sure you get in most of your vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in, and maintain a balanced and nutritious diet,”.
“Try to have a mix of colors on your plate. If you eat vegetables of a variety of colors it gives you a chance to consume Phytochemicals, which are chemical compounds from plants which are found in them. Phytochemicals help body in fighting off inflammation
4. Seep in enough sun
Getting enough sun during winters, the sun his incredible quality to relax your body and keeping you warm and comfortable. Sunshine also has great quantities of vitamin d which nourishes your body, warding of deficiency and then cough and cold.
5. Have a mix of vitamins and minerals
Make sure you are able to get a mix of vitamins and minerals either through your food or through supplements, as these are associated with a strong immune system. You can find Vitamin A in liver, milk and cheese and green leafy vegetables, and vitamin C in oranges, tomatoes, kiwis, blackcurrants, peppers and broccoli. These will definitely ward of your cold and cough