Being healthy all your round is our aim so let’s dispel the myth that cold temperatures make you unwell in fact the opposite is true, cold therapy such as ice water baths or other cold water exposure (such as cold water swimming) stimulates an improvement in your immune system.
There are no more germs and cold and flu viruses floating around in the winter, paradoxically some medical articles indicate that there might actually be a slightly larger amount of viruses all around us in the summer due to more favourable conditions for their survival on surfaces.
Hence why does it seem that there is more people unwell in the winter months, this is due not to the barometer, but the strength of the suns rays, and how this affects your health… In winter sicknesses spike due to the lack of sun, it is the strength of the UVB rays, and how much vitamin D your body produces. These levels drop significantly, which reduces immunity, sunlight and Vitamin D levels are important for so many functions inside the body, including immune system and hormone production and balance.
Vitamin D from food intake and sunshine sources with supplemental Vitamin D3 and K2. Natural D2 does exist in some foods like mushrooms. Natural Vitamin D from either cod liver oil and/or an oil-based D3 supplement are the best options for the times of the year you’re not getting enough sun. The best food sources of natural Vitamin D are egg yolks (organic/free range), fatty fish (salmon/mackerel), organ meats (liver/heart), and some mushrooms (portobella/maitake). Cod liver oil is a brilliant supplement too.
Read this on how to get sun exposure in a healthy way without damaging your skin.
Kombucha tea is a fermented tea that contains billions of friendly gut organisms (probiotics) that help to strengthen your immune system.
Kefir is a cultured/fermented dairy drink that’s been used for thousands of years as a health elixer in many parts of the world.
You can also get beneficial probiotics from fermented foods such as sauerkraut (non-canned), yogurt, kimchi, and other fermented foods.
Drinking green/chamomile tea can help boost the immune system.
Load up on antioxidant-rich fruits, berries, teas, red wine, unsweetened organic cocoa (in smoothies, etc), and veggies to help prevent sickness.
Get outside for some fresh air getting the circulation going is good to help.
Lose junk, processed and sugar foods which cause inflammation. Grain-based foods (bread, cereal, muffins, pasta, and bagels) are a big culprit in causing internal inflammation and disrupting normal gut function. Science of Paleolithic nutrition, humans don’t actually need grains to survive…they were never a part of the ancient human diet until agriculture came around only about ten thousand years ago!
Be like the caveman!
As always consult a professional before undergoing a regimen.