There are several periods of the year that are considered critical to the health of all people. These periods are between the seasons – end of March, June, September and December.
The most critical period during the winter time. The explanations are many and varied – lack of fresh and sufficiently vitamin foods during the cold months, not enough sunshine, frequent meteorological changes with big difference in atmospheric pressure and temperatures, feeling sleepy and prefer to stay more at home, lack of motion, etc.
To prevent seasonal troubles, experts advise us to eat at least 5 fruit and vegetables every day. And because ‘Winter is coming’, Mrs Hughes has decided to share with you some powerful immune system boosters.
As you know, we support and promote a healthy and sustainable living. So if you’re looking for ways to prevent winter colds and the flu, your first step should be to visit your local grocery store. Variety eating of good organic food is the key to keep your health strong. No one multivitamin box will give you more than the nature.
Most people turn to vitamin C after they’ve caught a cold. Vitamin C is thought to increase the production of white blood cells. These are key to fighting infections. Foods rich in Vitamin C are citrus, papaya, red bell peppers, etc. Another very important Vitamin is D – yogurt (Greek style) and mushrooms are good source of Vit D.
There are foods loaded with multiple benefits. Broccoli is supercharged with vitamins and minerals – vitamins A, C, and E, as well as many other antioxidants and fiber. Kiwis are naturally full of a ton of essential nutrients, including folate, potassium, vitamin K, and vitamin C. Spinach made our list not just because it’s rich in vitamin C. It’s also packed with numerous antioxidants and beta carotene.
And now the foods, which having magical benefits for our health – garlic, ginger and turmeric. Garlic is known as ‘the natural antibiotic’ – immune-boosting properties seem to come from a heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin.
Ginger may help decrease inflammation, which can help reduce a sore throat and other inflammatory illnesses. Ginger may also help decrease nausea, help decrease chronic pain and may possess cholesterol-lowering properties.
You may know turmeric as a key ingredient in many curries. But this bright yellow, bitter spice has also been used for years as an anti-inflammatory in treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Also high concentrations of curcumin can help decrease exercise-induced muscle damage.
You should not underestimate the motion. The body should not be burdened with heavy workouts or long crosses if it is not used to them. Daily morning gymnastics is enough for about 15-20 minutes. It is a question of breathing exercises in an open window, abdominal presses, but without standing upright (thus sparing the cross), lifting weights from 1 to 3 kilograms (if possible).
Give yourself time for self-care! It is important to take care for your health, especially in this stressful days we live in!