Boosting Your Winter Immune System

During the winter months, the cold and flu seasons are in full swing. Getting sick can put your schedule on hold and may even force you to miss out on holiday gatherings.

Boosting your immune system is one of the best preventative measures that you can use against winter illness. Here are our best tips for a stronger immune system all winter long:

Get Vaccinated

Receiving your recommended vaccinations can help you steer clear of common winter illnesses. Talk to your doctor about receiving your annual flu shot and COVID-19 booster shots for a strong immune system this winter. 

Sleep Well

Getting enough high-quality sleep each night allows your immune system to work efficiently. While you sleep, some aspects of your immune system may even kick into a higher gear. For instance, during sleep, your body produces more proteins called cytokines, some of which help fight infection, inflammation, and stress. 

Adults generally need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Try to maintain a consistent sleep schedule and put away screens at least 30 minutes before going to bed.

Stay Hydrated

Your immune system needs plenty of water to work at its best. It brings oxygen to the cells and flushes intruders, like bacteria and toxins, out of your cells. So, aim to drink at least eight to 10 glasses of water per day while limiting alcohol and quitting smoking, both of which can dehydrate your body.  

Consider Supplements

Eating a balanced, nutrient-dense diet is a great way to give your immune system the fuel that it needs to function properly. But, your doctor may recommend vitamins and supplements to fill in the gaps. Supplements containing vitamins C, B12, and D, for example, may help strengthen your immune system this winter. 

The physicians at Florida Wellness Center are here to keep you healthy all winter long. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!