Ways to Stay Healthy this Winter

Increase your water intake.

Surely, it’s easy to stay hydrated when we’re working out and aware of the summer heat; but as winter comes, we forget that our bodies need adequate water to guard against illness and operate at maximum efficiency.  Dehydration is to blame for small cracks inside our nose that allow germs to enter easily, so drink up.

Eat with the season. 
Now is the time to gravitate towards warmer foods, suddenly raw, cold salads have lost their appeal.  Make soup, stew, roasted vegetables and warm meals with foods naturally in season.

Dry brush your skin before you shower. 
Skin is the #1 detox organ and since we don’t sweat as much throughout the winter months, our bodies could use the extra help. Even if you do sweat regularly, boost your immune system with a good brushing before your morning shower.

Have a hearty breakfast.
Winter is the perfect season for porridge. Eating a warm bowlful on a cold morning isn’t just a delicious way to start your day, it also helps you to boost your intake of starchy foods and fibre, which give you energy and help you to feel fuller for longer, stopping the temptation to snack mid-morning. Oats also contain lots of vital vitamins and minerals.

Spend time in sunlight.
Studies have shown that supplementing with Vitamin D is an immune booster.  Get some sunshine on your body.  If you can find a wind blocked area on a warm, sunny winter day, spend some time with minimal clothing on and get a few minutes of natural sunlight on your body.

Drink more milk.
You are 80% more likely to get a cold in winter so make sure that your immune system is in tip-top condition. Milk and dairy products such as cheese, yoghurt are great sources of protein and vitamins A & B12. They’re also an important source of calcium, which helps keep our bones strong. Try to go for semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, rather than full fat, and low-fat yoghurts.

Eat more fruit and vegetables.
When it’s cold and dark outside, it can be tempting to fill up on unhealthy comfort food, but it’s important to ensure that you still keep your diet healthy and include five portions of fruit and vegetable a day.

By: Hina Adeel

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