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3 ways to keep yourself healthy this season

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Cold days are officially here and so are seasonal colds.

Autumn and winter can be tough on our health, especially if we live in places with little sunlight or make frequent switches between the windy outdoors to the heated indoors. It’s so easy to catch the flu by not wrapping up enough or forgetting to wash your hands after a long day.

These easy steps will help you make it through this cold season in good health!

Boost your Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the primary ingredients for any immune system supplement used to promote infection-fighting proteins, cells and enzymes. It’s a powerful antioxidant proven to prevent the common cold by protecting us against free radical damage, chemicals and pollutants that may harm our body’s cells.

As a huge bonus, it’s also required for the production of collagen which keeps your skin youthful and glowy. If you’re feeling tired, you might be lacking vitamin C as it helps with the conversion of amino acid lysine to carnitine which supplies cell’s mitochondria with energy. 

Best sources: bell peppers, broccoli, blackcurrants, kiwi, lemons, oranges, leafy greens, guava

Get More Vitamin D

Remember when you had so much energy during the summer? Our bodies have the ability to naturally obtain vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, but people living in northern countries with lots of darker days can suffer from vitamin D deficiency.

That’s where vitamin D supplements come into play. It regulates the absorption of calcium from our food, fortifies the immune system and aids in serotonin and dopamine synthesis. 

Best sources: cod liver oil, salmon, mushrooms, egg yolk, tuna, shrimp, cheese, yoghurt, orange, oatmeal

Onions and Garlic

These underrated ingredients show strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, killing several types of bacteria and viruses.

Try adding them to your everyday diet or make your own cold and flu remedy by mixing up garlic cloves, turmeric, ginger, honey and lemon. This combination of natural ingredients will help defend your immune system and will give you a real boost on cold autumn days. 

Feed your body with vitamin-rich, nutritious food and it will thank you later. Instead of treating an already acquired flu it’s better to prevent it by a holistic approach to your health. 

Remember to stay active, load up your fridge with lots of leafy greens, a rainbow of fruits and vegetables to remain thriving even if the weather encourages you to do nothing else but snuggling up under a cosy blanket!

*The information in this article is from, “How not to die” by Michael Greger and Gene Stone, and “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell

Words by Weronika Wawrzuta, Edited by Saya Uotani

Hope and Vicky are your lifestyle editors.

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