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Winters are here! Check out the best hacks to stay healthy

There’s a nip in the air. In a few days from now, winter will set in. And that brings us to the dreaded season of flu and cold. It is actually the time when our bodies are most vulnerable to viral attacks or influenza. Needless to say, making the immune system really strong is crucial to stay in a pink state of health throughout winters!

 

A team of experienced physicians and nutritionists from Mayom Hospital (Gurgaon) talks about some simple yet effective hacks that will keep infections at bay.

 

A balanced diet for an extra boost

 

Winters are all about eating. But not junk! Indulge in wholesome meals loaded with vitamin A, C, D, and E, or minerals like zinc and selenium. Food enriched with Omega 3s will give you that extra boost when it gets super chilling outside. Eat pumpkin seeds, nuts, whole grains, green vegetables, fresh fruits, reishi mushroom, etc., to lend your body the strength to fight infections. Say no to fried foods, artificial sweeteners, processed baked goods, soft drinks, and so on.

 

Vitamin C

 

Vitamin C works wonders and keeps the body healthy by producing white blood cells and antibodies. Berries, kiwis, bell peppers, and dark green vegetables are amazing sources of Vitamin C.

 

Spices and herbs

 

Ginger, curry leaves, turmeric, black peppercorn, garlic, onions, cayenne pepper, etc., are packed with components that will provide much-needed support to your immune system in winters.

 

Plenty of water

 

The thumb rule is to keep the body hydrated! Drink plenty of water to boost the production of lymph, which is a fluid made of white blood cells and bacteria-fighting cells. You could also squeeze some lemon into every glass of water for an extra punch of vitamin C.

 

A good night’s sleep

 

Sound sleep and plenty of rest are important for rejuvenation. Remember, fatigue is your body’s biggest enemy! Sleep for at least 7-8 hours at night. If possible, take afternoon naps to recharge the body’s strength.

 

Bask in the sun

 

Step out of the house and soak up some natural Vitamin D. Do it at least for 30 minutes daily. It will strengthen your immune system and you will feel the difference!

 

Avoid antibiotics

 

Antibiotics attack the body’s immune and digestive functions. The best way to cure your ailments is to first try some natural alternatives. For instance, you could fight cold and flu with a hot cup of tea brewed with herbs, lemon, honey, and ginger.

 

Visit http://mayomhospital.com/ and get in touch with our doctors for more suggestions on fighting illnesses this winter!