With winter around the corner, individuals are more likely to catch a cold or the flu. Why is this the case? With temperatures dropping, people are more likely to stay indoors and be in close quarters! In addition, viruses are more active during the cooler months. This year, the team at BIOLYTE wants you to feel your best all winter long. Read below to see our four tips for fighting the inevitable winter cold.
1. Prioritize Hydration
Typically, hydration is the first thing that a doctor recommends when their patient comes down with a common cold. Staying hydrated helps flush toxins out of the body quickly. In addition, hydration helps equip the immune system to combat negative symptoms. Whether you choose to grab a glass of warm lemon water or a bottle of BIOLYTE, make sure that hydration is a top priority!
2. Pack Your Diet With Nutrients
The body needs adequate vitamins and minerals to function optimally. Many people don't realize that the majority of their immune system lives in the gut. Vitamin C is an essential part of a functioning immune system. Antioxidants help reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and boost immunity. Many fruits and vegetables are packed full of the vitamins that your body needs to fight off illnesses. When choosing what to put on your plate, look specifically for foods that are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and antioxidants.
3. Tend To Symptoms
If you have congestion or a runny nose, try using nasal spray. When you have a sore throat, utilize organic cough drops that have natural ingredients such as honey and lemon. In addition, you can try to soothe your throat by drinking warm liquids such as lemon water or broth. For pain in the head or aches in the body, consider taking an over-the-counter pain reliever that helps with inflammation.
4. Say No To Certain Indulgences
Unfortunately, alcohol and coffee are both dehydrators that inhibit the effect of medicine in the body. Alcohol is known to increase inflammation in the body. Although the holiday season is typically a popular time to consume these beverages, it is important that you can "say no" on the days you are feeling unwell.
Eating a balanced diet and staying hydrated is critical when you are suffering from a winter cold! When you consume nutrient-dense food, your immune system is equipped to fight off illnesses. Grab a BIOLYTE and stay hydrated throughout the winter months.