Southern California Integrative Wellness Center
Remaining healthy during the colder winter months is important, and it doesn’t simply mean staying warm and taking supplements, but getting into a good habit of preventing germs and thinking one step ahead. As this time of the year is especially more tricky given the developments we have seen with COVID, I want to highlight the following ways you can practice good immune support habits with your family.
Keep Up with the Active Lifestyle
It can be harder to stay active when winters get bitterly cold, but lack of exercise is correlated with a decline in our immune system. No matter how busy you are, continue to set aside time for your usual exercise routine and encourage your family to do the same.
Abundant Restful Sleep Matters
Regardless of the temperature, sleep remains a priority. An average of six to eight hours of sleep can be vital to both your health and productivity. It is especially that your children follow a consistent sleep schedule that ensures they do not have to miss out on fun winter activities due to being sick.
Vitamin D Provides a Boost
Vitamin D is harder to get because of the colder weather outside. In addition, low vitamin D can also contribute to lower mood levels and susceptibility to other illnesses. When the sun does come up, take the time to head outdoors and spend an hour or two to make sure you get enough vitamin D. You can also use this time to exercise or do a fun outdoor activity with your family, ensuring you get both vitamin D and active habits.
Staying updated on the latest vaccinations during the winter months is vital, especially as new virus strains emerge rapidly along with the developments surrounding COVID. Vaccination not only protects yourself, but also protects your loved ones.
The following research from Harvard University also illustrates the main essentials to supporting your immune health, including:
- Avoid smoking
- Eat a high fruits and vegetables diet
- Regular exercise
- Adequate sleep
- Minimize stress
For additional information about supporting your immune system during a pandemic winter season, follow Beverly Hills and Los Angeles pediatrician, Dr. Ed, on Instagram or Youtube channel on the top right corner of the page.