Despite being surrounded by infectious microorganisms all the time, you’re quite healthy, right? Thank your immune system for it! Highly effective and continuously defending you against germs and bacteria, your immune system has to work over time during the cold and flu season.

Instead of falling prey to the flu, develop healthy habits to boost your immune system and protect yourself in the most natural way this winter. Here’s what you can do…

 

Eat fruits and veggies in abundance

Eat fruits and veggies in abundance

Those with a poor diet are more vulnerable to infectious diseases. This is why it is important to supply adequate vitamins and minerals through food on a daily basis, especially in winter. Foods that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins C and A are particularly beneficial. Include citrus fruits, broccoli, spinach, pumpkin along with a balanced portion of lean protein and whole grains.

 

Get some vitamin D

Get some vitamin D

Even 10-15 minutes of sun exposure can trigger production of vitamin D in your skin and this is beneficial for your bones and protects you against respiratory infections. However, just because it’s winter, you cannot skip wearing sunscreen. The sun’s rays are equally powerful all-year round and can cause skin damage. Use the Lakmé  Sun Expert Ultra Matte SPF 50 PA+++ Gel which offers up to 97% protection from harmful UV rays.

 

Healthy sleep patterns

Healthy sleep patterns

Develop a healthy sleep pattern and avoid stress as much as possible. A sleep deprived and over stressed body will never have a good immunity system. Aim for a minimum of 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep, you can put a few drops of lavender oil on a tissue and tuck it under your pillow case to get better sleep.

 

Stock up on garlic

Stock up on garlic

The use of garlic is prominent in every cuisine around the world. It is a natural immunity booster and a must-have for your body. Garlic is also known to lower blood pressure and slow down artery hardening. Add it to your soups or stir fry some veggies and protein in garlic-base sauce to enjoy a delectable yet healthy meal.