Stef Williams WeGlow Health & Fitness

The best ways to stop a cold before it starts this winter…

The known benefit of Vitamin D is to promote bone health, however, vitamin D is great for the immune system.

We can obtain Vitamin D from some foods such as oily fish, egg yolks and whole milk, however 90% of the Vitamin D we get is made by our bodies. This is because Vitamin D is actually a hormone rather than a vitamin

The most natural way to obtain Vitamin D is to expose your skin to sunshine. Vitamin D is produced endogenously (in the body) when ultraviolet light from the sun triggers Vitamin D synthesis when it hits the skin, so despite the cold weather, wrap up and get some sun on that skin.

– Get plenty of sleep.

A good snooze is key when it comes to preventing colds.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends aiming for at least 7 to 9 hours per night.

– Eat your vegetables

Green, leafy vegetables are rich in vitamins that help you maintain a balanced diet — and support a healthy immune system.

– Keep moving

Staying active by following a regular exercise routine does more than keep you fit. It keeps inflammation and chronic disease at bay, reduces stress and the release of stress-related hormones whilst accelerating the circulation of disease-fighting white blood cells which helps the body fight the common cold

– Reduce alcohol intake

New research shows that drinking alcohol can damage the body’s dendritic cells, a vital component of the immune system. An increase in alcohol consumption over time can increase a person’s exposure to bacterial and viral infections.