Unravelling Immune System Boosters: The Surprising Stuff You Did...
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The first frozen nights of the year have already arrived, and as the weather changes, so do our bodies' needs, logically. Colds, a weaker immune system and winter dips are sometimes a part of it, but by giving our bodies what they need, winter can look a lot brighter.
When you think of deficiencies associated with winter, vitamin D is most likely the first thing that comes to mind. And not unfairly so, because although it is also found in our diet, sunlight is the main source of vitamin D, which of course can be scarce in our winter months. A tanning bed can help with this, but is not as good for skin health, so it is recommended to supplement this vitamin.
Most flu medications contain a high dose of vitamin C for good reason. It strengthens the immune system and unlike other vitamins and minerals, in the case of vitamin C a slightly too high dose is not dangerous because you urinate it out again. So it's not a bad idea to eat a lot extra of this during the coming period. You can buy Vitamin C in a jar, but it is better to get it naturally: in citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, kiwis and tomatoes, for example.
Although in theory all natural products are superfoods in their own way, some foods have antibacterial properties. So at a time when your immune system can use some extra help, this comes in handy. Pimp up your dishes with cinnamon, honey, chili pepper, ginger, turmeric or garlic.
In addition to a varied diet, fresh air, plenty of exercise and a good night's sleep all contribute to getting through those harsh winter months without a hitch. So an occasional sleepy Sunday is not a bad idea at all!