Our top tips to stay healthy this winter

May 17, 2019, Author: Danita Pilley

Sneezing, coughing and runny noses – the cold and flu season has begun to rear its ugly head. As temperatures begin to drop in Johannesburg so do our immune systems, so we’ve rounded up our top tips to stay on top of your game and get the most out of life despite the chilly weather.


Build your immunity

Most people tend to stay indoors during the colder months which often times leads to a lack of fresh air and sunlight, a decrease in physical activity and an increase in bad food choices which leave us deprived of vital vitamins. Build your immunity by taking vitamin D supplements and loading up on fresh fruit and vegetables to maintain your daily dose of vitamins. Research also suggests that staying active and raising your heart rate strengthens the immune system so don’t slack on your workout routine. Added bonus – making healthier food choices and staying active will lead to a healthy and happy mindset and it’s a well-known fact that a positive attitude can give your immune system an extra boost.


Get enough sleep

Getting enough good quality sleep every night is an essential part in staying healthy when viruses and bugs are at an all-time high. Scientists have proven that sleep deprivation is directly linked to a compromised immune and lowers its ability to fight off colds and flu meaning you’re more likely to get sick. Be sure to get in your seven to nine hours of shut-eye every night so that your body can fight off those nasty germs.


Keep your hands and surroundings clean

Your hands can be one of the biggest carriers of germs so be even more conscious of keeping them clean during the winter months. Use hand sanitizer as much as possible, make sure to thoroughly wash hands several times a day and keep them away from your nose and mouth as much as possible. It is also important to keep surfaces sterilised as viruses are easily spread from person to person through communal spaces.

Get your winter flu shot

An annual flu vaccination can help prevent your chances of getting sick and is the most effective way to protect yourself against viruses. When you get vaccinated your body releases antibodies that can prevent you from the most common strains of the flu during that season. Of course, you may still get sick and catch a different strain, but your symptoms will be less severe, and you’ll recover much quicker.

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