Old Man Winter has arrived and he has brought more than just the chill in the air and snow and ice…he has brought the dreaded common cold, respiratory problems, the flu, increased blood pressure, and a ton of other ailments. So, why does it seem like we all get sick more in the winter months? This is because cold weather has been linked to suppresses our immune systems, making us more vulnerable to illness. Now on top of the cold weather, we are now battling being sick as well. You know the feeling; sinus pressure, runny/stuffy nose, body aches, coughing, etc. Well, we can help to boost our immune system naturally during these winter months by taking action.

Start fighting the common cold and other illnesses this winter by:

Sleeping

That’s right getting enough sleep and/or rest is essential to help our bodies perform at their best. Meaning, when our bodies are well rested they are more likely to be able to fight off that illness.

Soak up Some Sun

This one is tricky since one of the downsides of winter is a lack of sunlight. However, whenever possible aim to soak up those rays. Too cold to enjoy the outdoors? Try positioning yourself by a window where natural light shines through. Close your eyes, relax, and soak up the sun even for that brief moment when you step outside before the cold air shoots straight through your body.

Vitamin D

No rays? Opt for a vitamin D supplement which may enable your body to produce well over 200 antimicrobial peptides. Meaning it actually boosts our immune system and can help fight off illness. Some studies have even gone as far as to claim vitamin D can be more beneficial for our bodies than antibiotics. Studies have also shown that vitamin D may be essential to help prevent chronic diseases. Learn more about vitamin D.

Foods High in Vitamin C

Vitamin C can boost white blood cells, which help fight infection. However, it is important to understand that vitamin C is not stored in the body. This means that you must be mindful about eating vitamin C loaded foods on a daily basis. Some foods high in vitamin C include; oranges, red peppers, grapefruit, broccoli, kale, and strawberries.

Listen to Your Body

This one is really hard for most of us, as we all live busy lives and it is hard to stop and take the time to listen to our bodies. If your body is telling you it is weak and run down, listen. Take the time to take care of yourself.