5 Ways To Stay Healthy In Winter
19 Dec 2016
Winter is that time of year when the cold temperatures and the lack of sunshine have a considerable impact on our health. It's also the season when the number of cold and flu cases goes up, so you need to take some extra measures in order to make it through the winter without being too sick.
But winter doesn’t have to zap your energy or pit you against this season’s new hard-to-beat bug. Stay well all winter long by following the tips below:
1. Boost your diet and your immune system
Eating well, getting enough sleep and staying active are all important during winter to help keep you healthy and to support your immune system. Supplements containing herbs and nutrients will help to support healthy immune function. Eating foods that are high in vitamin C will help keep your immune system strong, so include fruit and vegies such as lemons, kiwifruit and broccoli in your weekly meals. Make sure that your diet also includes plenty of lean meats, fish, poultry, wholegrains, nuts and seeds, and use lots of herbs and spices.
2. Take care of your weight
In winter time it's quite easy to get lost among so many delicious foods and forget about our figure. Be careful, though, this custom can often lead to weight gain. That is why it's very important to stick to your workout regime and be careful with what you eat.
3. Get enough sleep
A good sleep can help keep the body's immune system healthy and fight off colds. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes as these substances can affect the quality of your sleep. Regular, moderate exercise, relaxation techniques and establishing a regular sleep routine may help to promote improved sleep.
4. Make sure you drink plenty of water
As the weather cools down and our thirst decreases it is easy to forget to drink enough water. You still need to aim for about two litres/day of water during winter as it is essential for our body to function. If you are having a hard time drinking all that water, try to spice it up a little, add some lemon slices or some fruits.
5. Keep the viruses under control
Ok, let's just say you can't go through the whole winter period without catching a cold. What do you do then? Well, first of all, make sure that you take the proper medication in order to get better. Drink lots of liquids, especially hot tea, take supplements and you will get better in no time.
What are your tips to stay healthy this winter?