Is this icy cold weather reaping havoc on your health? Jumping from warm to cold several times during the day wears us out. Shivering uses up our physical fuel making us more tired in these winter months than we want. According to Livestrong.com you can burn up to 400 calories an hour depending upon the temperature and amount of clothing you are wearing1. If you do this several times a day, such as waiting for a bus, walking to the store, etc., your body starts to get run down. This makes us more susceptible to attracting and harboring “germs”.
The immune system is supposed to be able to counter these “germs”, but if you are tired all the time, stressed out and not getting very good sleep, then your ability to ward off trouble decreases. The immune system dysfunction is a response to the overload of toxins in our system.
Everyone asks me how does this happen? Where do these toxins come from? The answer is that they accumulate from various areas such as: environmental pollution, digestive imbalances- where food is not eliminated on a regular basis and literally hangs around too long, and from the people that freely share their germs from sneezing, coughing and not washing hands. Bottom line is that winter puts so many variables into the picture and our stressed immune systems have a tough time supporting us.
What can we do to help our Immune Systems?
- Reduce stress on the body and the mind. Try deep breathing 10 times (consecutively) at different times during the day. Find other suggestions to reduce stress: http://www.professional-nutrition-services.com/so-who-takes-care-of-you
- Improve the number of hours you sleep. The body does heal itself especially during the hours between 9 PM and 2 AM.
- Eat proper protein meals on a regular schedule and avoid consuming fast food with little nutritional value.
- Boost your immune system with proper nutrients. D3, L-glutathione, minerals, L-glutamine, proper probiotics, electrolytes to name a few. *Each person is different as to what will work best for them.
- Consume alcohol in moderation.
- For those who smoke, quit.
- Exercise at your level – don’t overdue exertion when fighting off germs as exercise does create free radicals. (which are also kept under control by your immune system)
- Eat chicken soup. Yes, the broth and veggies support proper nutrition.
- Don’t touch your face and wash your hands throughout the day (especially after being in public places).
- Laugh or at least smile at someone every day! It will help your whole body to relax and give way for the immune system to fight the invaders.
1Stephens, K. (August 16, 2013). How Many Calories Are Burned By Being Cold? Retrieved from: http://www.livestrong.com/article/317620-how-many-calories-are-burned-by-being-cold/)