Best lifestyle tips to support your immunity during winter

The immune system is our first line of defense against illnesses, which are especially common during the colder months. Luckily, there are a few simple things we can do to support and protect it.

It's important to understand that no supplement, no matter how miraculous it claims to be, will cure disease. Our immune system is incredibly complex and is still being studied. But despite its complexity, there are everyday lifestyle habits that can help give your immune system what it needs to fight off an infection.

1. 1. Prioritize your sleep

Prioritize your sleep

Getting enough sleep has been linked to lower body weight, lower levels of stress, and better health. The lack of sleep, however, can lead to weight gain, depression, craving for high-fat and sugary foods, and, obviously, a feeling of tiredness. Depending on our age, we need anywhere between 7 and 10 hours of sleep, with 7 or 8 being the average for most adults. To improve your sleep, cut back on caffeine after midday and switch off any electronics at least an hour before bed. 

2. 2. Work out

Don't forget to exercise

Daily movement is key to maintaining good health. It has been proven that people who exercise regularly are less prone to illnesses (and recover faster). Plus, it's mood-boosting and helps fight stress. Find an activity you love and stick to it. 

3. 3. Manage your stress levels

Manage your stress levels

Stress is one of the main reasons we get ill. It has a much bigger impact on our health than generally perceived. So while most of us can't completely eradicate the cause of our worries, we can try to ease them. Try meditation, reading, painting, pretty much anything that takes your mind off your problems for a while. And don't forget to squeeze in a short workout. 

4. 4. Watch your diet

Watch your diet

You knew this was coming. A healthy diet is a must if you want to keep your immune system strong. This does not mean you can't indulge once in a while, but try sticking to healthy meals 80% of the time. Aim for as many colors on your plate as you can. And quit sugary drinks. 

5. 5. Keep an eye on your waist

Keep an eye on your waist

Don't forget to measure your waist. Carrying too much fat around the middle is linked to a number of problems, from type 2 diabetes to stroke. So focus on keeping your waist a healthy size by following the previous 4 tips!

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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