Why do people get sick in winter? Have you ever thought about that?

Have you ever opened the fridge and noticed we refrigerate food because pathogens generally steer clear of the cold? They prefer warmer temperatures like most of us. So then, why do we get sick in winter? It does not make sense on the surface, and as we start the trek into winter, it’s essential to ask the question?

The colder temperatures during winter can weaken the immune system, making it more difficult for our bodies to fight infections. This is because the immune system works best at its optimal temperature, slightly higher than our body’s average temperature. Therefore, when exposed to colder temperatures, our immune system may not work as effectively as in warmer temperatures.

Secondly, people spend more time indoors during winter, often close to others. This increases the likelihood of coming into contact with viruses and bacteria that can cause illness and makes it easier for these pathogens to spread from person to person.

Additionally, the air tends to be drier in winter due to indoor heating systems, which can dry out the mucous membranes in our noses and throats. This can make it easier for viruses to take hold and cause infection.

That means this is the perfect time to start preparing and strengthening our immune system; what are the best ways?

The immune system is truly a tremendous force within our bodies. It constantly protects us from harmful pathogens, viruses and bacteria, serving as our ultimate defence mechanism. But its ability to adapt and learn is even more incredible, making it one of the most potent tools to fight illness and disease.

Despite its remarkable abilities, as we said the, the immune system is not infallible. It can weaken or become compromised, leaving us vulnerable to illness. But the good news is that it’s possible to rebuild and strengthen the immune system through small lifestyle changes and a few simple dietary tweaks.

By prioritizing rest, physical activity, and an immunity-enhancing diet, we can give our immune system the boost it needs to function at its best. In addition, eating nutrient-rich foods like bone broth, leafy greens, ginger, berries, and citrus fruits, while avoiding processed and sugary foods can help reduce inflammation and nourish the body.

Exercise has also been shown to improve immune function, with as little as 30 minutes of daily physical activity helping to build up the immune system. And by incorporating immune-boosting herbs and supplements like echinacea, elderberry, probiotics, vitamin D, vitamin C, and zinc, we can further strengthen our body’s defences.

The most crucial component of a healthy immune system is rest. Lack of sleep and chronic stress can weaken the immune system and make us more susceptible to illness. By prioritizing getting enough quality sleep and engaging in stress-reducing activities like meditation, deep breathing, and spending time in nature, we can help our bodies heal and function at their best.

Feeling powerless and discouraged is easy in the face of illness and adversity. But by taking care of ourselves and building up our immune systems, we can feel empowered and confident in our body’s ability to fight off disease. So let’s take charge of our health and support our immune system to keep us healthy and robust.

Let’s put it all together in the Ultimate daily routine to give you the best chance this winter:


  1. Wake up at a consistent time each day, with big glass of water to rehydrate.
  2. Take your Vitamin and a probiotic.
  3. Do some light stretching or yoga to wake up your body.
  4. Eat a healthy breakfast consisting of fruits, whole grains, and protein.


  1. Identify and complete the most important tasks of the day.
  2. Take short breaks every hour to stretch or move even if it’s just around your desk.
  3. Eat a healthy lunch consisting of lean protein, vegetables, and healthy fats.
  4. Go for a walk or engage in moderate physical activity for 30 minutes.


  1. Prepare a healthy dinner consisting of vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains.
  2. Spend time relaxing or engaging in hobbies and interactions you enjoy.
  3. Practice good sleep hygiene by avoiding electronic screens for at least an hour before bed.
  4. Take supplements, such as Zinc or Vitamin C, a calming botanical supplement or magnesium, to help improve your sleep quality.
  5. Go to bed at a consistent time each night to ensure you get eight hours sleep.


For any guidance, advice or assitance, please contact C Beyond Health today. You are so welcome!

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