We are well and truly into winter and, as would be expected with this season change, we are surrounded by people sniffling and sneezing full of cold.
If you are worried that the cold weather will consign you to your sick bed, fear not; follow the handy hints in this post to stay bursting with good health this chilly winter.
You are what you eat
Eating a nutritious, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health. Your body relies on vitamins and minerals found in food to provide essential nutrients that are needed to keep your body working properly. Fruit and vegetables have a vast amount of health benefits, so try and eat at least five portions a day to ensure your body is feeling its best. You are 80% more likely to get a cold in winter, so make sure your immune system is strong by topping up on milk and dairy products that are great sources of protein and vitamins A and B12.
Trips to the dentist and optician can sometimes seem like trivial chores, that many of us avoid like the plague. But having regular check-ups is much better than waiting until there is a problem and any damage has become much more extensive. So get it out the way and book a check-up and an eye test today.
Get enough sleep
Studies have found that not getting enough sleep can lead to accidents, weight gain and an increased risk of heart disease. Try to get a regular eight hours sleep and you will immediately notice that you have more energy and more motivation to do things. Ultimately this could help you live longer, boost your memory and reduce stress, so be sure to get enough beauty sleep!
Physical activity can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. During exercise the body releases endorphins, natural feel-good chemicals, which boost your mood and makes you feel good. It’s recommended that adults do about half an hour of exercise a day, even this relatively small amount of time can make a huge difference and have a measurable benefit. It may be chilly outside so forget the running shoes, get involved with local sports teams or give yoga a try.
About 65% of the human body is water. To stay healthy, it’s important to replace the fluid we lose when we breathe, sweat or urinate. If you don’t drink enough fluids you may notice headaches, a lack of energy or feeling lightheaded. Water is the healthiest choice for quenching your thirst at any time, as it has no calories and contains no sugars that can damage teeth.
Wash those hands
Germs multiply quickly, so to keep you healthy and free of cold and flu minimise your exposure to harmful bacteria by washing your hands regularly. We come into contact with millions of bacteria on a daily basis, particularly on public transport or in busy areas, so maybe consider investing in a sanitising hand gel for when you aren’t near a sink.
Just a few simple precautions can keep the sniffles away from your door during autumn and winter and help you live a healthy lifestyle.
How to stay healthy in the winter blues
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