Sniffles, sneezes and shivers kind of go hand in hand with chilly weather. As unpleasant as colds can be there are a number of tips and tricks you can use to strengthen your immune system and kick that cold before it even has a chance to get started.

One of the most obvious ways to stop a cold dead in its tracks is to get some good old-fashioned beauty sleep. Not only is it brilliant for your skin it is also essential for keeping you healthy and your immune system in tip top condition. When you sleep your body is able to create cells that boost the immune system by regulating the release of the stress hormone cortisol. With this boost the immune system is strengthened, an essential for kicking a cold!

Next up is exercise. Yes even if it is freezing outside its totally worth dragging your butt to the gym or on a brisk walk just to get a few minutes of moderate exercise. Now I’m not saying you have to go hard-core on your workouts but just enough to raise your heart rate and really get your blood pumping! When you workout you sweat allowing your body to release nasty toxins that could make you sick. Plus exercise is essential for maintaining a healthy heart and body weight. So dust off those running shoes and get to it!

Now this next one might sound a little odd but trust me it REALLY works and only takes a few seconds. At the end of you’re shower flick the temperature down a few degrees for 10 seconds before turning it back to hot. Repeat this two or three times for an immune system boost. The temperature fluctuation works by shocking your body in to action and the change from hot to cold creates steam which is great for clearing blocked nasal passages and relieving sinus pain.

Finally pop some magnesium supplements! Magnesium is my absolute favourite supplement for a whole host of ailments. If my skin is playing up I reach for magnesium. Achy tummy, gotta have some magnesium! Even if I’m just feeling a little off magnesium helps me to feel more balanced. It’s also brilliant for those annoying aches and pains that so often accompany a cold. If in doubt? Just try some magnesium.

 

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