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The winter season has a mixed vote among the people. Some look up to it while others cannot stand the harsh cold. But winter is known to bring its fair share of diseases such as the cold and the flu, along with it. However, there is no reason for our health to suffer unnecessarily. With the help of a few tips and tricks we and our families can glide through the winter as a knife goes through butter, without so much as a sneeze. Here are a few tips to be followed for a healthy and hassle free winter.

Proper Exercise

During the winter people has little or no motivation to work out. However, it’s not very healthy. When it’s cold outside, one should always remember that being outright active on the winter days promotes your health. Be sure to warm up before jumping into routine exercises, as during the winter the joints need a little time to loosen up.

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Improve the immune system

It is important to take care of your health. However, during winter it becomes all the more important to maintain a healthy routine. Eat well, sleep adequately and maintain a vitamin diet rich in vitamin c and zinc.

Eat properly

Though it must be encouraging to dig in the overtly delicious high fat, warm foods during winter, one has to cut down on such diets. Instead, try stews and soups with winter exclusive vegetables such as radish, beet, cabbage, lettuce and much more. Carrots, beets are rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant which is good for the health and the immune system.

Avoid touching exposed parts

Studies have suggested that people who frequently touch their nose and eyes have a 41% chance to develop some sort of upper respiratory infection. Keep your hands clean if you do this often, consciously or unconsciously, or better yet, don’t do it at all.

Drink green tea

The catechin found in green tea can prevent influenza causing viruses as well pneumonia-causing bacteria from taking over your body.

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Ginger

Some honey-soaked ginger is perfect for that sore and itchy throat that often pesters you in the back of your mind often in winters.

Clean your sinuses

During winter everything starts to dry up, including your nose. This is when the virus starts to settle in the nasal cavity. Rinse your nose every morning by pouring warm water through one and releasing it from the other. This helps to keep the nasal passage moist and functional up to the brim.

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Modify your meal

Consuming organic probiotics like yogurt on a regular basis gives a significant boost to the immune systems. Studies have shown was that individuals who consume probiotics reduce the chance of actually getting affected by that strain of bacteria in the long run. Also, mushrooms help in strengthening the immune system.

In a recent study, the effects of diet on two groups of people were observed. One group was provided with a normal diet while the others were given an additional item- mushrooms to their diet. It was found that the group with the mushroom diet had an increased immunity compared to that of the normal diet ones.

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