10 Ways to Boost Your Immune System This Winter (Part 1)

immune systemIt’s no fun being sick, especially doing the cold winter months. Here are 10 simple ways to alter your lifestyle to stay more cold and flu resistant this winter:

  1. Get plenty of sleep. Sleep deprivation takes its toll on the immune system because your cells regenerate while you rest. Try to go to bed at roughly the same time and get at least 7-9 hours of sleep each day.
  2. Don’t skip breakfast. Eating hot cereal with reduced fat milk, or poached eggs on whole grain toast, along with some fruit will get your day off to a healthy start.
  3. Drink enough water. Dehydration can weaken the immune system, since your body relies on fluid to flush toxins from each cell. Drink water (not soda, tea or other beverages) throughout the day; try to consume at least eight glasses total.
  4. Add probiotics to your diet. Since the majority of the immune system is located in the gut, include yogurt as a snack, especially if you’re taking antibiotics. This provides healthy bacteria that can ease an upset stomach caused by some prescriptions. If you’re lactose-intolerant or dislike yogurt, try taking a probiotic supplement.
  5. Think zinc! This important mineral is found in lean red meat, fish and poultry as well as whole grain cereals, legumes, dairy foods and nuts. You can also buy zinc lozenges.

Check back tomorrow for the remaining 5 ways to boost your immune system this winter and keep yourself healthy!

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