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Boost your immune system this winter

In addition to the well-known hygiene measures, it is important to support the immune system in general in order to prevent seasonal flu and colds. Let’s take a look at what else we can do to boost our immune system and avoid getting ill during the cold winter months.

A good night’s sleep

Regularly getting a good night’s sleep works wonders for our immune system. If you’re sleep deprived, your body won’t have the reserves it needs to fight off germs.

A balanced diet

Eating a healthy and balanced diet is another way to strengthen your body’s defences. During the winter months, you need to make sure you top up your usual five a day with extra fish and dairy products. As important sources of Vitamin D, these food groups will make up for the fact that your body doesn’t always get the direct sunlight it needs to produce enough of this vitamin at this darker time of year. You may find that you also need to take supplements in winter if you’re not getting enough vitamins in your diet or if you have a vitamin deficiency. You should speak to your doctor if you suspect that your body is lacking vitamins.

Exercise and fresh air

Our immune system needs us to keep moving during the winter months. Regular exercise is a great way to strengthen your body’s defences. It doesn’t even have to be too intense! Moderate movement like swimming, jogging and going for long walks in the great outdoors will do the job.

Ways to stay strong and healthy through the winter:

  • Get enough sleep
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Head outside to exercise
  • Make time to relax
Michel Wenger, Medical director, Centramed Basel Aeschen<br/>

Thank you to Dr Michel Wenger, Medical Director of the Basel Centramed Basel Aeschen Practice, for these top health tips.

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