Winter is the season to boost our immune system and nurture our bodies.
Although it's hard to imagine that these frigid low temperatures could possibly bring any health benefits, according to Ayurveda, winter is the season in which to enhance the immune system.
Cold weather leads to decreased body temperature, and the body undergoes thermoregulation to adjust to the new climate. Sometimes this transition paves the way for a number of issues, such as catching colds or viruses. However, by following some easy precautions, with little effort, you can have a supercharged healthy winter.
Here are 10 healthy habits to adopt during the winter season:
Include physical activity
The winter cold can make you lazy and demotivated to work out. But only 15-30 minutes of exercise is more than enough to feel active & energized. When we exercise it releases sweat which helps to release feel-good hormones such as endorphins and enkephalins which improve mood. It is also good for our heart health. Exercising during winter doubles the amount of fat that we burn and helps us to stay warm. It also helps boost our immunity and fight seasonal illnesses. So, try to include cycling, walking, playing your favorite sports, and exercise in your daily lifestyle.
Dryness is very common during the winter season. It can bring irritation and cracked or dry skin. The only way of treating this is drinking enough water as dryness is the main symptom of dehydration. Also, Don’t forget to use a good quality moisturizer or Coconut Virgin Oil.
Moisturize or massage your whole body including lips, neck, arms, legs, elbows, and knees, not just your face and hands.
Enjoy seasonal fruits and vegetables
It is important to eat particular fruits according to the season, as it will maximize their benefits. Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fibers. Eating them is very beneficial for our immunity and will help us fight illness.
Winter season fruits and vegetables like spinach, broccoli, oranges, carrots, apple, grapes, etc. are full of vitamins c, zinc, and iron.
Drink Tulsi/Basil honey tea
During winter our chances of getting a cold, cough, and flu are very high. Because of this, we need to take immediate measures to boost our immunity. Evidence has shown that including Tulsi/Basil and honey in your diet in form of tea or other is very beneficial for preventing diseases. Boil some Tulsi/Basil leaves in a cup of water, pour it in a glass and add honey to it. Drinking this will help boost immunity.
Eat healthy diet
Special care should be given to diet during the winter season and it should be nutritious in order to provide energy and keep us warm. Try to include protein and fiber in your diet. Protein helps to increase energy levels and helps in building muscles, bones and tissues. It also helps boost your metabolism. Major sources of proteins are meat, dairy products, nuts, etc.
Including omega-3 rich food
Fatty fishes like sardines, salmon, walnuts, and flax seeds are amazing sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
These work as lubricants for the joints and help in providing relief from joint pain that occurs during winter. Keeping the content of fiber high is also very beneficial for digestive health.
Drinking enough water not only reduces dehydration, it also helps in removing toxins from the body in the form of urine. Hydrating yourself is essential during the winter season because the body loses fluid due to the high expenditure of energy, frequent urination and use of heavy clothing.
Get exposure to sunlight
Exposure to sunlight for 30-40 minutes during winter is very beneficial for us as it helps in blood flow and to maintain an adequate respiratory rate. Sunlight is also a major source of vitamin D. It is also good for our mental well-being as it helps in reducing anxiety and depression.
Maintain good hygiene, and wash hands to keep the bacteria and viruses from spreading.
Smoking makes individuals susceptible to respiratory infections in winter hence one should quit smoking.