Making it through Winter – Facts and Myths
Snowy days, wind, rain and being underdressed are the recipes for a cold, persistent cough and the flu. Especially with a low resistance these things will happen. Now the question is, how do we keep our immune system in good shape?
Vitamin C does wonders – Fact!
Vitamin C cannot avoid colds or the flu, but it makes sure you recover faster. The symptoms are often less severe. The most famous vitamin C supplier is citrus fruit, but don’t forget fruits like papaya and cranberry. Vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale and Brussels sprouts are also high in vitamin C. Also a daily vitamin C pill will do you good, taking a bit more when you are under the weather.
Eating garlic is good – Fact!
Indeed! Garlic is one of the oldest medicinal plants and people have been using it for centuries against bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. It has been scientifically proven that this ancient remedy helps the resistance due to the high allicin content. Also with garlic, put it in your food or taking it as a pill will do you very good.
Outdoor sports are healthier than in the gym – Fact!
Sports practiced in the fresh air, like a game of soccer, swimming, cycling or running, can do wonders. The body gets a lot of oxygen in the blood and you will notice that it helps you in the evening to fall asleep more easily.
Too thin dressed? That is asking for flu or a cold – Myth and fact!
Dressed in thin clothes will not get you the flu. That’s because flu is in fact caused by a virus. Big temperature differences are an attack on the body if your immune system is low. You can “harden” your body by varying the showers with hot and cold water or regularly go to the sauna. But to avoid a cold, it is important to dress appropriate in warm clothes.
Stress makes you sick – Fact and myth!
A mild degree of stress sometimes seems to have a beneficial effect on the body. Too much stress on the other hand consumes energy and weakens the immune system. The body takes nutrients too fast, and shortages may arise. Get enough sleep and try to relax from time to time is very important to make it through the winter without feeling weak or sick.
Sleeping with the window open is healthy – Fact and myth!
Fresh air and good ventilation in the bedroom are good, as long as the temperature doesn’t drop below freezing. Frost is a major attack on the body, which increases the chance to catch a cold. The perfect temperature in the bedroom is 18 degrees Celsius.
Taking vitamin D supplement doesn’t do anything for the resistance – Fact!
Most of the vitamin D you get inside your body through your skin, for instance from the sunlight. Eating more fat fish, eggs and dairy products will help but a walk outside is always better. A UV lamp or a solarium will also provide vitamin D to your skin.
A crowded bus is a breeding ground for viruses – Fact!
If it gets colder, it’s tempting to jump on a warm bus to get to your destination. But the chances of flu or cold are greater because you come into contact with many other people that may carry bacteria and pathogens with them. So another reason to take that walk. Don’t forget to wash your hands often to get rid of nasty germs.
These are just a handful of tips to get you through the winter. But just remember, move more, eat well, protect your body and enjoy life to the fullest is the best way to stay healthy in the winter and to get ready for the spring!