Cold and flu season is rife – not to mention another certain virus beginning with ‘C’, so there’s no better time to make small lifestyle changes that support your immune system.
Does your immune system get worse in winter?
It’s unclear whether your immune system is weakened by cold weather. One animal study from the NCBI indicates this may be true, while Harvard Health says that the rise in winter colds could be down to other factors.
They explain that, rather than the plummeting temperatures taking down your immunity, prolonged time indoors increases your chances of transmitting infection.
The influenza virus is said to stay airborne for longer when the air is cold, allowing it more time to strike and make you unwell. It’s a disastrous combination.
So, whether or not the cold affects your immune system or the environment puts you at risk, you must take steps to bolster your defences as we head into winter. With this in mind, resident Cannaray wellness expert Zara Kenyon reveals the top tips to help you fend off those winter bugs.
Make sure you get enough sleep
Bad sleep has a lot to answer for. Not only does it deplete your mood and increase anxiety, but it also affects your immune system, says PubMed.
Their report reveals that the link between sleep and immunity is bidirectional, meaning if you sleep poorly, your immune system is compromised, but if you sleep well, your immune response may be stronger.
That’s why you must get plenty of sleep, so your body can fend off potential aggressors. Allow enough time for a full eight hours every night, and consider trying out these sleep tips.
The Cannaray x Panda London Sleep Kit is perfect for getting some well-needed shut-eye.
Try CBD with vitamin C
There’s a reason vitamin C is one of the most popular supplements out there. It contributes to the immune system’s normal function, supports normal energy-yielding metabolism, and reduces tiredness and fatigue. It’s one of many reasons we’ve added vitamin C to our Bright Days CBD Capsules.
They’re also brimming with a hefty dose of vitamin D3, which, as you’ll see below, is another immunity supporter. One capsule with so many benefits.
Soak up some winter sun
You don’t need to head to far-flung beaches to get some sun (although that would be a plus). Make sure you head outside when the sun is shining and make the most of the (slightly chilly) daylight.
According to the NCBI, vitamin D plays a big role in supporting your immune system, and by getting a dose from your CBD Capsules, you can soak it up when you’re outside too.
Swallow two capsules daily and take yourself for a lunchtime stroll. These quick and simple steps may positively affect your overall well-being through winter.
Keep your body moving
The call of the sofa and a Netflix session may be tempting when it’s cold, but it’s still important to make time for movement – especially if you’re working from home.
Moderate exercise (like a brisk walk or jog) may be “immuno-enhancing”, says one PubMed report, with studies suggesting it helps improve vaccines’ effectiveness in people with low immunity.
A light workout may also lower levels of inflammation and encourage your immune cells to regenerate faster. Use the Cannaray CBD Muscle Balm to ease any sore muscles post-workout.
Eat fresh fruit and vegetables
Eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables daily is important, as well as getting your daily dose of vitamins C and D3 in the CBD Capsules. The British Heart Foundation says the best immunity-supporting vitamins are A, B6, B12, C and D, and copper, iron, zinc, folate and selenium.
By eating various leafy greens and colourful foods – nuts, seeds and wholegrains – you can top up these essential nutrients, giving your body the boost it needs.