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Making the Common Cold Rare: How to Remain Healthy this Winter




The colder months are notorious for bringing about bouts of allergies and illnesses amongst the general public. The common cold is referred to in such a way because it’s so common, it spreads like wildfire. Whilst attracting such ailments may seem inevitable, this article divulges practices vital for maintaining one’s health this season.

You are what you eat: Strengthen your immune system by eating whole foods

To fend off diseases, your body has developed tiny fighter cells called antibodies which destroy invading viruses and consequently keep you illness-free. Your antibodies form part of a large immune system. As with all other bodily functions, the immune system is impacted greatly by an individual’s diet. Vitamins and minerals catalyse the immune system and allow it to operate smoothly and efficiently. In the winter months, sickness is ubiquitous in our societies, therefore strengthening your immune system becomes a priority. You can do this by consuming varied seasonal fruits and vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, cabbage, oranges and grapefruits.


You may be cosy, but you still need to get out


The winter months denote colder outside temperatures, making staying inside on the sofa all day snuggled up under a blanket seem all the more inviting. While this is understandable, being outside is imperative for adequate Vitamin D absorption, which, apart from being important for the reasons listed above, is also required for building and sustaining bones. Exposing oneself to natural light can also help decrease the likelihood of developing Seasonal Affective Disorder.


How much water should I be drinking in winter?

Adequate water intake might be constantly recommended during the sweltering summer months, but it is essential during winter too. Only when properly hydrated can the body effectively carry out its many functions. Alcohol, coffee and sugary drinks all dehydrate the body, thus more water should be consumed alongside them to make up for the decreased water levels. Your body still loses water through sweat glands in colder temperatures, so ensure you are drinking enough to replenish whatever your body excretes. Experts recommend drinking a minimum of 2 litres of water daily, even during the winter months.


Don’t Hibernate: How to Sleep Soundly in Winter

As appealing as winter afternoon naps may seem, a consistent sleeping routine is fundamental to maintaining one’s health in the colder season. A good night’s sleep acts as a prerequisite to your overall health as it rejuvenates and rests your mind and body. Aim for 8 hours of sleep a night and avoid caffeine, exercise and sugar close to your bedtime.


Why is staying warm so important in winter?


Whilst the common myth that being cold makes you sick has been debunked; it is a fact that a lower body temperature makes you more susceptible to attracting illnesses. Layering properly guarantees you will remain comfortable throughout the day. Invest in an insulated jacket and weatherproof shoes to help keep you warm and dry all winter.


One other way of staying healthy during the winter months is to make sure you stay on top of your health through regular health screening and checkups. Contact us today on +356 21221355, 9985 2404 or send an email on info@clinipath.com.mt.

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