Improving Immunity in Winter Season
In this season people are more vulnerable to respiratory problems as body functions differently in each season, and in the transition between the hot and cold seasons the digestive fire can start to oscillate dramatically. Thus it is important to adjust your diet and routine for the seasonal transitions, or else body’s immune system will weaken by respiratory illnesses and allergies.
20 minutes a day outside between 11 am and 4 pm with as much unprotected skin as possible for it to produce vitamin D is an ideal thing to do. Remember that your shadow has to be shorter than you for vitamin D to be produced in your skin. In 20 minutes your body will make between 10,000 and 15,000 IU of this sunshine vitamin depending on your age and skin pigmentation, which will boost your immune health over the course of dim months of winter, if you do it daily in every season.
Any activity like walking, jogging, bicycling should be adopted as this season tends to keep you indoors and lack of exercise will lead to excess fat which will suppress immunity of the body. It is scientifically proven that moderate exercise elevates Glutathione levels in your body which in turn boosts your immune system.
Include more fresh fruit and vegetables into your diet, especially orange, limes, apples, kiwi, spinach, celery, carrot etc as these are rich in Vitamin A, c and B6 and also iron, zinc, foliate and folic acid, eat more of these than usual. And most importantly, consume lots of liquids to stay hydrated throughout the day, no matter where you are - at home, in your office, or travelling. Don’t forget to say a big no to temptation of alcohol and smoking to keep your immune system healthy.
Immunity can also be improved by consuming natural immunity boosting foods regularly. Visit our immunity blog to learn how to increase immunity and the top home remedies to improve immunity power.