I feel like winter has well and truly settled here in Adelaide! While the lucky girls in the northern hemisphere are preparing for the beach and bikinis, we are preparing for blankets and ugg boots! I’m sure it is no secret that I am a summer girl through and through. I love being at the beach and in the sunshine - it honestly makes me so happy! One of the worst parts about winter is the possibility that you may get sick. Nobody wants to get struck down with the flu or a cold especially when you have a million things to do. Here are my top tips on how to avoid becoming sick this winter:
1. Up The Probiotics
Probiotics are excellent for your body, and if you have been meaning to add them to your diet, then now is the best time to do so! Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, but especially your digestive and immune systems. Our bodies are full of bacteria, both good and bad, but sometimes the balance can be a bit off. Your good bacteria can take a hit if you have been taking antibiotics or eating too many bad foods. You can buy probiotics in supplement form or find them naturally in foods such as natural & greek yoghurt, sauerkraut and other fermented foods. When buying yoghurt it is important to check that is still has ‘live cultures’ on the ingredients lists, which are the probiotics.
2. Wash Your Hands
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but it is especially important during the winter months! It is so easy to get sick in winter just through making contact with a virus. This can happen through touching a public door handle, washroom or other public surface. After you have made contact, it is as quick as touching your eye, nose or mouth and bam! that virus is able to enter your body, meaning you could possibly get sick. Be wary especially if you catch public transport a lot. The best thing to do is make sure you are washing your hands before and after eating, sneezing and touching public surfaces. Wash for at least 20 seconds with warm, soapy water. If you are on the go you can use antibacterial gel, but make sure it is alcohol-based as this makes it harder for the bacteria to build resistance to it.
3. Get Fishy
If you are looking for new meal ideas then now is the best time to get creative with fish! Fatty fish, like salmon, are filled with Omega-3’s which can help boost your immune system and infection fighting cells. I love grilling salmon and serving it with a broccoli and wilted spinach salad - both of which also contain essential vitamins and nutrients to help strengthen your immune system!
4. Get Sleep
If you are already battling with a weak immune system then a lack of sleep can make this worse. Your body needs sleep to help it heal from infections and keep your immunity strong. If you have been feeling run-down and tired the first thing you should do is try going to sleep an hour earlier. So many people underestimate the power of their own bodies, it is up to you to let them work at their maximum potential!
5. Get A Boost Of Sunshine
As there is less sunshine in winter, it can become more difficult to get your daily dose of Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps your body to fight off colds and other respiratory illnesses. If you can’t find a chance to get some sunshine onto your skin then try taking a Vitamin D supplement or eating fatty fish, such as salmon.
6. Disinfect Everything
If you think about it, we use a lot of things - all which can harbour bacteria and germs. If you have been sick or are feeling a cold come on disinfect everything you use. The most important being your phone screen, we touch this everyday - it can sometimes get dirtier than a toilet seat (gross!). If you use lipstick wipe the top layer off with a tissue, and if you are sick don't use your lip gloss wands to apply it directly to your lips. As for makeup brushes, make sure you are disinfecting them after each use and wash them thoroughly once a week. Also be wary of handrails, sanitise your hands after touching them.
I hope these tips help, and if you do get sick make sure to listen to your body, stay warm and rest up.Kayla xx