The cold chilly winter season is finally upon us and with it, come some unique challenges to your health. Why is it unique? You may ask. Well, that’s because although the winter has always been a thriving season for cases of flu, the coronavirus pandemic has given it a considerably gloomier feel than before.
This is the time of the year where immunity and fitness lapses are commonly experienced. With a pandemic still raging across the globe, none of us can afford to have a body whose immunity is dwindling. Fortunately, there are certain adjustments you can make to your lifestyle that are guaranteed to boost your wellness this winter.
So without wasting any further time, let’s look at the 6 things you can start doing right away to maintain your health for this and many other winters to come.
1. Eat Healthy, Eat Organic
This goes without saying, your diet will have a significant impact on your health. As winter is the season when a body’s immunity is most vulnerable, it will help if you load up on immunity-boosting food and drinks. Fruits and vegetables with rich Vitamin C content will help boost your immunity levels, thus shielding you from symptoms of common cold and other annoying flu-like conditions.
Besides Vitamin C, providing your body with B vitamins is also a great way to maintain optimal health levels. Vitamin B-rich food like oats, dark chocolate, etc. will not only help energize your body but also keep you in a good mood by triggering the healthy release of dopamine in your body.
Finally, we highly recommend adopting an organic lifestyle. For instance, having organic coconut sugar or stevia instead of refined white sugar in your diet will go a long way in improving your health. Similarly, replacing refined flour with organic wheat flour will offer more nutrition to your body while helping you maintain a healthy body weight.
2. Eat More Seasonal Produce
Like we mentioned, loading up on organic vegetables and fruits is the best way to provide your body with the nutrition it needs to withstand the diseases festering during winters. However, simply packing your fridge with organic produce isn’t enough. Most fitness experts agree that you can get the most benefits out of eating a fruit or vegetable when it is in season.
Seasonal fruits and vegetables are relatively fresher, taste better, and possess higher nutritional content than their non-seasonal counterparts. It also helps that seasonal produce is cheaper. Grapes, oranges, kiwi, Guava, bitter gourd, cabbage, capsicum are just a few of the seasonal fruits and vegetables you include in your diet today to reap maximum health benefits.
3. Feed Probiotics to Your Gut
Many of us have no idea the role our gut plays in keeping us healthy from head to toe. In fact, an imbalance of healthy and unhealthy bacteria in the gut is said to be the primary cause of health conditions like weight gain, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, etc. A healthy gut wards off diseases and keeps your immunity up.
It is like an engine that keeps your body operating at optimal levels. So it is wise to take care of your gut health. The best way to do so is by feeding it probiotics. Probiotics can help improve gut health by helping it absorb nutrients and vitamins better from food, resulting in a healthier immune system that tackles cold and flu-like symptoms.
4. Sleep Well
There are several studies that recommend adults get at least 7 or more hours of sleep while children should get at least 9 hours of sleep every single day. The winter season can be stressful both physically and mentally. Lack of sleep can affect your quality of life, making you more tired, triggering depression, and even making you prone to both benign and severe health conditions.
Unfortunately, people today, especially the millennial generation suffer from inadequate sleep bought on by their own sedentary lifestyle. To get better sleep, we recommend cutting down on sugary and caffeine-heavy drinks. Regular exercise is another way to get good sleep at night. Also, try to switch off your phone at least 2 hours before you go to sleep.
5. Exercise Regularly
Regular exercise is mandatory if you want to live a long and healthy life. However, not many are aware of the special merits that await those who undertake intense workout sessions during winter. Exercising when the weather outside is cold can help you burn more calories. The body works harder to regulate its core temperature in the cold. This can help you lose weight fast and improve the health of your heart.
6. Do not Forget to Hydrate
Finally, it is imperative to drink enough water and stay hydrated at all times. Water will help clean your system and remove harmful toxins, viruses, and bacteria that make you susceptible to flu. Studies suggest that women should consume 2.7 liters of water while men should consume 3.7 liters of water every day.
Winters don’t have to be gloomy with most of your time spent in bed while tackling sickness and cold. It can be a blissful time if you decide to make the necessary changes to your lifestyle. The above 6 tips will boost your wellness if followed diligently. So this winter, adopt an organic lifestyle, hydrate, sleep well and stay in the best shape of your life for eternity.