Winter seems to be coming upon us faster than ever. The nights are starting earlier, the mornings are colder, and we’ve reached that time of year where putting your arm out of the duvet first thing in the morning is almost unbearable.
However, winter’s approach has its advantages as well. Since Christmas is on the way, you can snuggle in front of the fire with a hot chocolate as soon as you get in and there’s nothing more beautiful than a crisp winter morning. It also has a considerable disadvantage such as the spread of winter bugs. At this time of the year, it can start to feel like you’re always ill—a new cold hitting just as you’re fighting off the last one. If you’re not careful, you can spend four months with a cough and a runny nose, never quite feeling your best.
But, you don’t have to let winter bugs beat you. There are a few simple ways to boost your immune system so you can stay on top form even in the coldest of weather.
Exercising boosts many of your body’s functions. It’s almost like you’re giving it a kickstart. While you exercise, your body produces more blood cells which your immune system can use to fight off infections and bugs. Exercise also helps to keep you generally fit and healthy and boosts your mood. So, even if you do get sick, you’ll feel better and have less trouble recovering.
If you do get sick, it’s important that you rest and listen to your body. But unless you’re so ill you can’t get out of bed, a little gentle exercise such as a walk could still help you to feel better.
Essential oils such as doTERRA oils can help your immunity in a few different ways. Oils such as bay laurel, cinnamon leaf, eucalyptus, oregano, and sage can help boost activity in your immune system, in much the same way as exercise. Then, other oils such as lavender, lemon, pine needle, tea tree, and sandalwood can help your body to fight off infections. Peppermint can also help you to feel better if you ever feel unwell. The said ingredients are available in doTERRA products with the aim of helping you feel better and stay healthy all year around.
Changing your diet is probably the easiest and most effective way to boost your immunity. Try to cut out caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars, and saturated fats as much as possible as all of these things can limit your body’s ability to fight off disease. Instead, eat a diet rich in citrus fruits, green vegetables, ginger, garlic, mushrooms, and yogurt.
Not getting enough sleep means you’re not giving your body chance to recover. So you’re starting the day less than your best. Try to get eight hours as often as you can and allow yourself an early night or lie in now and then for an extra boost.
Have a Laugh
Laughter can raise the levels of antibodies in your blood and in the mucus which lives in your nose. These antibodies can stop germs entering your body and kill them off when they do. Laughing more could literally help you to live longer.
Yes, winter bugs are a part of life that can’t be completely avoided. But you can reduce the risks and give your body the best possible chance at fighting them off.