13 November, 2015

5 Ways To Help Boost Your Immune System





With Autumn and Winter slowly approaching I am trying to think of ways to boost my immune system to keep those pesky bugs and colds away. 


Below I have listed 5 ways to help boost your immune system. 


1. Drink 


A lot of us don't drink enough, especially water, I know I don't. Drinking plenty of fluids when ill will help keep your body hydrated as well as helping to flush any bugs through your system, they say you should aim for about 2 litres a day. 


As well as drinking water, ginger and honey in hot water is extremely beneficial not only will it help sooth sore throats but will also help clear sinuses and boost your immune system. I've started to drink more of this regardless if I'm ill or not. Ginger has so many health benefits, from reducing inflammation, to pain reduction and reducing sickness. I remember when I was pregnant I lived of Ginger biscuits for the first 12 weeks!  







2. Eating Well 

Eat plenty of foods packed with vitamins and minerals. Foods such as kale, fish, garlic, ginger, fennel and blueberries are perfect for the fight against colds.  Prepare from fresh and make some delicious homemade meals not only will they taste great but you will be packing yourself with all the goodness your body needs. 







3. Supplements 

Supplements are a perfect way to up your daily intake of vitamins, there are many supplements to choose from to get the best for you pop into your local pharmacy or Holland and Barrett and ask for more info. 


4. Sleep 


Rest and sleep as much as you can, aim to sleep for at least 8 hours a night. That is a lot easier said then done if your a parent, but once the kids are in bed get an early night yourself. Sleeping helps your body to repair and protect to fight off colds so get those zzz's in whilst you can. 



5. Exercise 

Exercising is a perfect way to get you in shape but did you know its also good for preventing colds? Moderate exercise helps to strengthen the immune system.  I would prefer to hit the gym or go for a bike ride to up my cardio each week. Going out on your bike is much cheaper than a gym membership, if you don't have a bike you can get some fantastic bike bargains online.  If you don't have time to go to the gym then why not try a fitness videos from home.



What do you do to help prevent colds?



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