WINTER, COLD AND KLEENEX

'Well, winter is coming; I will for sure get sick at least once!'

Who is guilty of having these types of thoughts when temperatures are starting to drop and snow appears on the ground? Winter season is of course known as cold or flu season. Some research has been done to explain the phenomenon without any precise or conclusive results but here are a few facts to take in consideration that might explain why cold and flu viruses are much more present during the long months of winter:

  • Lower temperatures favorable to virus stability 

  • Immune system often weakened during winter temperatures

  • More frequent groups of people in closed spaces, which facilitates the transmission of the virus

  • Frequent temperature changes between cold and hot, which can affect the balance of the human body

  • Decrease in the number of hours of sunlight, which also affects the immune system

  • Etc.

 

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Unfortunately, we don't have control over outside temperatures, but we can play on several other components to strengthen our immune system and thus fight winter viruses. So here are some tips to arm your body and prepare it to resist illness:

- Take a daily vitamin D supplement

- Eat a diet rich in probiotics, vitamins and minerals

- Eat a diet rich in sources of healthy fats

- Avoid processed food or food high in sugar

- Exercise regularly

- Wash your hands often and maintain a good general hygiene

- Avoid places with high pollution levels

- Keep a good air quality in your home

- Decrease and manage your daily stress

- Avoid smoking and moderate your alcohol intake

- Focus on quality sleep

- Aim for a healthy and balanced lifestyle all year round!

 

Have a good day,

Coach Claudia.