We love how cold weather gives us an excuse to rug up, stay in, and eat soul-soothing food. What we don’t love about winter is when everyone starts coughing, spluttering, and sneezing, and before you know it, you’re out of action for a whole week. Keep your health in check with our top tips on ways to build and maintain your immunity.
1. Stay hydrated
Who’s guilty of staying ‘hydrated’ with coffee and hot chocolate in winter, without refilling that water bottle as often? Water carries oxygen to your cells and keeps your systems in tip-top shape, flushing out toxins and ensuring your skin stays as supple as a baby’s bum. Make it a daily goal to slurp down two litres a day!
2. Increase your veg intake
Few foods help keep your immune system game strong like vegetables. Ingredients such as broccoli, capsicum, garlic, citrus, ginger, spinach, and turmeric are supercharged with inflammatory-fighting, blood-pressure lowering minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins.
3. Squeeze more out of life
Take your nutrient intake to the next level by adding a cold-pressed juice into your day! Cold-pressed juices squeeze out vitamin-rich liquid gold, and our YouJuice range is one helluva rainbow-hued immunity booster. Two of our fave combos include Awaken, which stars strawberry, orange, and carrot, and Green Machine, a Hulk-approved blend of all your essential greens with a minty-fresh finish! Find out which YouJuice is best for you with our guide.
We’re not saying you need to run a half-marathon, but a moderate level of activity is the bare minimum that’ll keep the winter lurgy at bay. Hit the recommended 10,000 steps a day with a brisk walk after work or find other ways to get your heart rate racing. You’ll be grateful for any movement when swimwear season arrives!
5. Get to know your gut
If you’re filling your tum with high sugar, processed foods, don’t be surprised when that flu hits you hard! Give your gut an extra boost of good bacteria by taking quality probiotics (chat to your doctor about what’s best for you) and adding prebiotic foods to your meals. Ginger and garlic are easy additions, while fermented and funky sauerkraut will add loads of great gut goodness.
6. Catch happiness, not colds
When the dark, cold months settle in, our vitamin D levels and happy hormone serotonin take a hit, meaning we’re more likely to laze around indoors, slightly miserable. Avoid the winter blues by filling your days with things that put a smile on your face (catching up with friends, curling up with a book, watching a movie etc.) as an extra way fight off the germs, like the health boss you are.
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