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Boosting Winter Immunity|Get Healthy!





The winter season can become a magnet for cold and flu viruses. But there is good news, if we all follow some preventative measures, we can boost our immune systems to keep away sickness and stay healthy and energetic throughout the colder months.


With the holiday just around the corner, we know that none of you want to spend that time in bed due to the cold and flu and instead use the short week of half-term holiday productively.


So, what can we do to boost our immunity?



1. WEAR YOUR MASKS!


Masks in society have become the new norm and it is something that some people are more comfortable with than others. However, masks can truly make all the difference with limiting the spread of viruses and bacteria. So, make sure you’re wearing your mask properly, keep a suitable distance from people, and it will make a great difference. We often see people walking around with their masks on but with their nostrils popping out…we hate to tell you, but this will stop the mask completing its function altogether, we all need to wear it properly for it to count.


2. WASH YOUR HANDS!


Washing hands is something we are taught from the earliest of age, but you’d be surprised with just how many people do not do this enough. Make a habit of washing your hands every time you come home or use the bathroom, and before and after every meal. Use warm water and soap and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Also, it is wise to avoid touching your face altogether and to disinfectant items like phones and laptops. You’d be surprised how much bacteria can build up on these items.


3. SLEEP, SLEEP, SLEEP!


We know that Qatar itself is a very night orientated cultured country. This is probably because in the summer months it’s too hot to go out when the sun is up and therefore people use this habit even in the winter. But sleep is crucial to one’s health. Getting enough rest is critical for keeping your immune system strong and healthy since your body regenerates when you sleep. Aim for at least seven to eight hours of shuteye a night.


4. EAT A BALANCED DIET AND TAKE YOUR SUPPLEMENTS!


Foods that are high in vitamin C and antioxidants have immune-boosting properties. Choosing colorful fruit and vegetables and avoiding that deep fried yummy fried chicken we all like, is really going to benefit you. We know that often we can cheat and get a bit naughty with our food choices, but regardless, it is always good to take some supplements that are immune supporting. One vitamin we recommend to you more than anything in the winter months is Vitamin D. Vitamin D is needed more of in the winter as we get decreased exposure to sunlight, which has been shown to affect the immune system in a positive way


5. MOVE ABOUT!


Now is the perfect chance to get more active than before. With half-term off, there are less excuses that our students can make when it comes to an active lifestyle. 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise, like walking, or yoga boosts your blood flow, where exercise can help encourage the production of white blood cells, which protect your body from disease. The activity you choose doesn’t need to be strenuous. It just needs to be enjoyable and consistent.


A thought for our blog readers, do you find yourself to be healthier in the winter or the summer? What motivates you to keep on track of your immune system? Share your tips with us J


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