Winter is here and whether you love it (the comfy and cute scarves, hot cocoa and snowmen) or hate it one thing is for sure; tis the season for the sniffles.
So what can you do to avoid the dreaded winter cold and flu season? Your body is amazing and equipped with something designed just for that. Your immune system! Like every system in your body, there are ways to strengthen it. Read our 8 natural ways to boost your immune system this winter.
1) Open your Windows
It’s freezing outside and the thought of letting that cold draft in can be terrifying, but trust us, that cold breeze is your friend. Breathing in stale air reduces the body’s natural ability to fight off bacteria, viruses and germs. Breathing in clean, fresh air allows oxygen to pass freely through your system, fueling your white blood cells and allowing them to work their magic. Apart from this, recent studies have shown fresh air promotes energy levels and a brisk walk can even be a great, healthy alternative to that extra cup of coffee you were considering.
2) Wash your Hands
Hand washing is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Using soap and water to remove bacteria before it gets to your mouth, nose or eyes will drastically reduce your chances of catching a cold or flu.
If you're concerned with the constant washing potentially drying out your skin or the chemicals that can be found in many commercial soaps there are wonderful natural options to choose from. O Naturals offers 3 beautiful collections of all natural and cruelty-free soaps that will leave your hand's bacteria free, nourished and smelling divine.
3) A Balanced Diet
We know that what we eat can have a major impact on our digestive system but did you know it may also affect your immune system?
Your immune system, powerful as it is, is also very delicate. A balanced diet is a sure way to keep it working at its full potential.
Turmeric is a super-food that people are now realizing has a major, beneficial impact on the immune system. It has been used in many cultures for its medicinal properties for 100’s of years. Only recently, has its benefits been backed up with scientific studies. Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric and is hailed for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. As mentioned before your immune system is delicate and certain things can upset the balance. Inflammation is a response put out by your immune system to fight certain ailments, but too much inflammation can be damaging to your body. Turmeric soothes inflammation and can be essential in restoring a healthy balance.
Another random benefit of turmeric is its natural whitening ability. It has been touted as the perfect all natural tooth whitener. O Naturals makes a brilliant Activated Charcoal and Clay Tooth Whitener infused with Turmeric for just that.
5) Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits are not only delicious and nutritious they also have the highest Vitamin C content of all fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins needed to recharge your immune system. A lack of Vitamin C in your body can make you more susceptible to a cold, flu or other illness. Your body does not naturally produce or store Vitamin C so adding some citrus to your daily diet is essential for good health.
Just as Vitamin C is essential inside your body it can also play a powerful role on the surface. It is extremely nourishing and healing and wonderful for rejuvenating all complexions. O Naturals Moisturizing Hemp & Vitamin C Serum harnesses the power of Vitamin C to give you lush, hydrated and healthy skin.
6) Get Enough Sleep
Studies have shown that not getting enough sleep makes you more likely to get sick after exposure to viruses such as the common cold. During sleep, your body produces certain proteins which are needed by your immune system to fight off and prevent infections and inflammation. On top of this, your whole body, including your immune system needs to recharge daily. Just like a car can’t run without fuel and a charged battery, your body can't run without food and sleep. For adults, the recommended daily sleep time is 7-8 hours per night for your immune system to be working at the maximum function.
Stress has numerous health implications on the body. In times of stress, your body produces cortisol. In and of itself this is not a bad thing; cortisol can actually boost immunity if it is produced occasionally. The problem arises when you are in a constant state of stress and constantly producing cortisol or if your cortisol levels drop suddenly (there is quite a debate within the scientific community today regarding what point and level cortisol has to be at to affect your immune system - either way it is agreed across the board that keeping your stress levels low and thereby keeping your cortisol levels balanced will boost your immune system). So what are practical and natural ways to de-stress?
Certain essential oils can really help you relax. If you are looking for an easy way to wind down aromatherapy can help. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your diffuser and feel some of that stress melt away. Don’t have a diffuser?
No problem, O Naturals Argan & Lavender Natural Body Wash is a great option. Take a hot shower and soothe your mind, body and soul with the calming notes of lavender. As an added bonus your skin will look and feel glorious afterward.
8) Keep Hydrated
The ultimate recipe for a healthy life is to keep hydrated. Water is always a good choice. If you really can’t stomach water, caffeine-free tea is another option.
Your body is made up of about 60% water. Every organ, cell and function within you relies on water to keep doing what it is doing. We also constantly lose water through sweating, breathing and the digestive system. Depending on the climate you live in, how much exercise you are doing and your body weight, you will require a different amount of water per day to keep yourself at your optimum hydration level. Most countries health departments will give out a recommended daily water intake based on the countries season and conditions. It’s worth it to look into this and see if you are keeping up with this recommendation.
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