When winter comes knocking at the door, you begin to feel a little tired. The days are shorter, you have a less desire to move, winter coats come out of wardrobes – but it’s time to get going! It’s time to wake up and prepare your body for the rigors of winter.

The important thing is to strengthen your immune system. It works like an army in your body; it is this system that fights against external aggression. So the stronger it is, the less your chances of falling ill. Here are some helpful tips:

Rebalance your micronutrients. Take a course of copper-gold-silver, selenium and zinc. Zinc is a trace element that stimulates the proliferation of white blood cells. One dose of each, once a day, should be enough.

Homeopathy offers few “universal” cures because it is a medicine which attaches to the constitution of the patient, rather than the disease itself. However, you can take 15CH thymulin, one dose per month during winter. It is a hormone that stimulates the thymus maturation of certain white blood cells.

Also essential: Ribes nigrum 1DH (blackcurrant) in gemmotherapy, a technique that uses pickled buds, which have retained their power of growth. Blackcurrant increases one’s cold resistance by its action on the pituitary gland, and via thermoregulation, it stimulates general metabolism, and the immune system in particular.

Take a course of vitamin C. It is a powerful antioxidant. You can take between 500 and 2000 mg per day. (If you have small stomach problems, you should choose Ester-C.) It is found in citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, tomatoes, broccoli sprouts and most greens.

Think of probiotics. Bifidus, Lactobacillus acidophilus – names that should begin to be familiar to you, describing the bacteria in the intestines. The healthier your intestinal flora, the more your immune defense will be strong. You can find probiotics in special yogurt, but you can also buy enteric-coated capsules (which dissolve in the intestine and not in the stomach). Choose capsules that contain at least two billion bacteria each.

Eat honey. With fewer calories than sugar, it is a natural antibiotic, which also contains vitamins, minerals and digestive enzymes. And while you’re at it, take the opportunity to eliminate white sugar from your diet, because it increases the secretion of cortisol, a hormone that weakens the immune system.

Vary your diet. Choose fresh produce, rich in vitamins, and cut out processed and refined products. Eating wholemeal products (bread, pasta, rice, etc.) is a solution which guarantees a maximum return on your immune system, because the less food is processed, the more nutrients it contains, and your health will be even better.

Don’t forget to add garlic to your cooking. It too is a natural antibiotic that stimulates the immune system to help fight against bacteria and viruses.

Get active! Even if you do not play sports, take the trouble to do at least half an hour of walking per day. This will move your lymphatic system and strengthen your body.

Finally, sleep! Nights are longer this time of year. Take the opportunity to sleep a little more and allow your body to rest in order to establish its small army of white blood cells.