Stay Healthy This Winter
Winter is often given a bad rap as it brings with it the cold & flu season and cold, dark mornings. However, with a little effort there is no reason for our health to suffer during the colder months! Follow these simple tips to keep healthy and love living well during winter.
Support your immune system by eating well, getting enough sleep and staying active. Supplement your diet with echinacea, garlic, vitamin C, and zinc will help to assist healthy immune function.
Keeping bugs at bay
Despite our best efforts it’s not always possible to avoid catching a cold or flu. To avoid the viruses that cause colds are spread by sneezing, coughing and hand contact, wash or sanitise your hands regularly, keep household surfaces and kids’ toys clean and avoid close contact with someone who has a cold.
The cold weather can affect our skin and contribute to conditions such as dry, itchy skin, chill blains and eczema. Using moisturisers daily may help to keep the skin moist and supple whilst supplements containing vitamin E or garlic help assist blood circulation.
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 a day of water during winter as it is essential for our body to function. Herbal teas are a great way to increase your intake if you struggle with plain water.
We know it’s harder to find the motivation to exercise when it is cold outside, so keep your momentum and move your exercise indoors. Be sure to spend time warming up before you start your exercise as it can take a little longer for your joints to loosen up in the cold weather.
Steer clear of high fat winter comfort foods and instead cosy up with warming and nourishing soups and stews full of flavour and healthy vegetables.
Proper sleep (eight hours for an adult) can help keep the body's immune system healthy and fight off colds. It’s your body’s time to recharge and replenish