Ashley is sharing tips for a healthier winter, naturally.
Although the snow hasn’t quite hit the ground, winter is in the air. As you know, winter weather tends to bring the sickness out in even the best of us. We have already had a bout of the flu, already. With the holidays around the corner, we don’t have time for the sniffles. So, check out these tips for staying healthy, naturally this winter.
Tips for Staying Healthy, Naturally this Winter
Get Some Fresh Air
Did you know the real reason people get sick in the winter is because we are all cooped up in a house close together. We literally create bacteria build up just by keeping our houses air tight. If you can open a window, step outside, or get some fresh air during these winter months, you will drastically lower your chances of getting sick.
Go to Bed Earlier
As winter sneaks in on us, so does the darkness. It is dark when we go to bed and dark when we get up. The darkness increases melatonin production in our bodies which makes us feel sleepy. If you aren’t getting enough sleep as it is, you are definitely going to feel the effects of it during those dark months.
Not only will you feel more tired, but if you don’t get enough rest, it lowers your immune system. So, when Sally comes into work with the sniffles, you will get it too. Go to bed at least 30-minutes earlier to help your immune system work better!
Do some Spring Winter Cleaning
Yes, spring is a great time to do cleaning, but you should also get rid of those germs during the winter season as well. So, get out your cleaners (all natural of course) and disinfectant spray and start cleaning those nooks and crannies. Here’s a list of places bacteria and viruses like to hide: ● The refrigerator
- Toys and stuffed animals
- On door knobs
- Ceiling fans
- Shower heads and faucets
Change Out Your Toothbrushes
You should be changing out your toothbrushes every 6-months, but it’s always a good idea to do it right before winter takes over. Bacteria from food and drinks take over those wet, moist toothbrush heads and can really make you sick. So, get some new toothbrushes before the sickness starts. Also, if you do get sick, remember to change your toothbrush when you feel better so you don’t reinfect yourself.
Take Your Immune Boosters
Last, but certainly not least, take some immune boosters. If you want to decrease your down time this winter, there are various supplements you can take to boost your immune system this winter. Here are a few great options:
- Echinacea: Echinacea is a great immune booster that increases your white blood cells to fight infection before you even know you are sick.
- Vitamin D: Since its going to be darker more often, you probably won’t be getting your vitamin D from the sun. Take vitamin D daily to keep you healthy.
- Elderberry: Elderberry naturally strengthens your immune system. It has in-vitro antiviral and antimicrobial properties.
- Vitamin C: Need I say more? Vitamin C plays and important role in keeping our immune system healthy.
What are you doing this winter to stay healthy? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below!