As the seasons of lower temperatures fall on the northern climes of the United States and Canada, the cold change in the weather creates an environment that makes a person more susceptible to a cold or the flu.
Chilly thermometer readings are a factor in such illnesses. The viruses that cause these ailments thrive even better in cold air, so they reproduce and spread far more easily among the population.
Another cold and flu factor is the effect that these seasonal drops in temperature can have on the immune system. Breathing in cold air may reduce the body’s immune response, making it easier for cold and influenza viruses to be infectious.
The idea that lower temperatures equal lower protection may also be connected to less vitamin D intake due to a lack of sunshine and more time spent indoors. Immune system function is dependent on the presence of this vitamin.
What’s a Body to Do?
A number of steps can be taken to protect your health and support your immune system this time of year.
One of the most obvious ones is to dress for the weather. Subjecting your body to the stress and shivers of being chilled to the bone is not good for you. Stay comfortable, stay well.
Moderate-to-vigorous exercise has been shown to stimulate the immune system, so make time for regular physical activity and its slew of other health benefits.
If you exercise outside, dress warmly in layers of clothes that can be taken off and put back on again to adjust to the intensity of physical activity that results in sweat and cooling-off chills.
Treat yourself to hot, relaxing baths with a magnesium touch from Mag-nificence CWR. This bath additive dispenses an essential mineral that plays a number of possible roles in the functioning of the immune system. And it will help you sleep. Adequate slumber primes your body’s defense against sickness.
Eating well is one of the best steps for staying well year-round and especially relevant during the winter, when temperatures can make you more vulnerable to seasonal ills. Production of immune cells and antibodies can be inhibited by the lack of one or more nutrients, so choose healthy, plant-based nutrition as much as possible.
Depending on where you live, finding a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables may be difficult this time of year. Boost this intake with the nutritional diversity of 18 fruit and vegetable powders in BarleyLife Xtra.
Furthermore, supplementing your food consumption with any of AIM’s whole-food powders is a convenient and sensible way to augment plant-based nutrition and increase your protective antioxidant intake. BarleyLife, CoCoa LeafGreens, Just Carrots and RediBeets are all suitable for these purposes. [For additional antioxidant protection, take Proancynol 2000.]
If you’re susceptible to the winter blues brought on by fewer hours of daylight, beverages made with AIM greens may even help to lift your spirits.
For a healthy supplemental protein, take ProPeas, a vegan source from peas that delivers a metabolic boost for your body any day of the year. Keep in mind that potential winter weight gain can be offset by this satiating form of protein yet with only 60 calories a serving.
The fact is that all of AIM’s food powders are very low in calories and exceptionally high in nutrition, a winning combination for staying well this
fall through winter.