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.