Goodbye sniffles: 5 easy ways to give your immune system a boost this winter 2 months ago

Goodbye sniffles: 5 easy ways to give your immune system a boost this winter

Sniffle and flu season has descended once more.

Both my children have been home from school much of this week with fever, sore throats, runny noses and even a touch of the tummy bug, and from what I have been told in the class WhatApps groups, so have plenty other kids in their classes too.

'Tis the season, it would appear.

Meaning; I am now on a mission to ensure I don't get sick myself – like; I DO NOT have the time. Which I am sure goes for most of us. I am determined to stay healthy and fit all winter long – starting now.

And if you fancy giving your immune system a good aul' boost, here are five things experts swear will do just that:

1. Sleep

We all know not sleeping enough can leave you tired, but did you know it can also leave you sick? Sleep is incredibly important for your immune system, and especially during the colder months when we are more susceptible to catching anything going.

Make sure you get between seven and eight hours every night and try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on the weekends. This will help regulate your sleep cycle and make you sleep better.

Young woman sleeping in bed.

2. Sip on green tea

Sitting down with a steaming cup of tea as the evening draw in and the nights are getting colder is not only soothing, it is also good for you. Especially if you go for the green variety, which is choc-a-bloc with antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.

Dried green tea leaves ready to be brewed into a antioxidant rich, hot cup of tea.

3. Break a sweat

Colder weather and darker evenings make us all want to hibernate, but, in fact, this time a year, it is more important than ever to haul your behind off the sofa and hit the gym. Exercising three times a week is ideal for staying fit and giving your immune system a boost. Oh, and want the good news? Sex counts as exercise too!Closeup shot of runner's shoes

4. Eat more nuts and garlic

Garlic is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and nuts are full of healthy fats, known to keep your body healthy – and your skin young and smooth.

Selection of dried fruits in jars

5. Take a bath

A bath will not only warm you up when you come in from the cold but will also make you relax, sleep better and can even strengthen your immune system if you do it right.

The next time you hit the tub for a soak, try this: Add 2-3 handfuls of sea salt, the juice from one lemon and some fresh (or dried) rosemary, thyme or sage. Leave the herbs to soak in the bath for 5-10 minutes before you climb in.

Woman in bathtub. Bubble Bath. Horizontal shot.

Here to a sniffle-free winter, mamas!