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Whatever the season, feeling fit, well and healthy is key for staying on the top of your game. If you want to avoid catching those common colds that pop up in the autumnal months, getting your immunity up to scratch is key. To help you out, here are a few of our top tips on fighting off the flu and cold this winter.
Get 6-9 hours of sleep
Sleep is crucial for anyone wanting to sustain a strong immune system. In fact, the NHS states that most adults should get between six to nine hours of sleep a night, in order to function at their best. Studies also support the importance of sleep on the immune system, showing that a good night’s sleep underpins the effectiveness of both innate and adaptive immunity in fighting those common colds and cases of flu.
Improve your diet
A wide range of vitamins and nutrients from a well-balanced diet can be the difference between an unhealthy and healthy immune system. Aim for 7 portions of fruit and vegetables a day as well as plenty of healthy proteins and fats according to healthy eating guidelines. . It’s not just food either - staying hydrated has also been shown to improve, fortify and maintain a strong immune system. Six to eight cups of water a day is enough to keep your body hydrated, especially when spread out throughout the day.
Support your immune system with supplements
For those with a busy, hectic lifestyle, it can be tough to find the time to balance the right diet and sleep. Immune Health supplements can be a good choice for bolstering your immunity and preparing your immune cells to fight illnesses. On top of that, they are easy to take.
Wash your hands
You’ve heard this a lot over the last few months, but the facts haven’t changed - washing your hands is key for avoiding illnesses. Using warm water and soap, wash your hands all over for at least twenty seconds to keep your hygiene at its best. It doesn’t stop at your hands either - general hygiene during flu season, such as keeping distance from ill people and wiping down surfaces in your home, can stop you from getting ill.
Immune health isn’t just about fighting off the common cold. A fortified immunity can help you fight fatigue and keep your performance levels high all through the year.