Stay healthy this winter

5 July 2019

Winter is here and that means short days and cold temperatures, but those cold days and nights can lead to lethargy and illness like cold and flu.

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Rest assured we have some tips for staying healthy this winter.

While it’s tempting to eat more comfort food during the winter months, it’s important to maintain a balanced diet all year round so your body can fight infections and recover quickly. Eat plenty of foods that are:

  • high in antioxidants, protein and fibre
  • high in vitamins B, C, D and E
  • low in sugars and fats.

Drink plenty of water. It’s easy to forget to keep your fluids up in the cooler months because we don’t always feel thirsty like we do in summer. Keeping your body well hydrated will help to keep your skin healthy, flush out toxins and ward off winter bugs.

Make an exercise routine and try to stick to it. This can include simple things taking the stairs or swapping up you your normal day to include a walk.

Staying active can feel like a chore when it’s cold but it is hugely important for health and wellbeing. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a condition associated with winter that can be offset by keeping active and maintaining regular contact with others.

Winter is also the dreaded cold and flu season, so make sure you do what you can to protect yourself and your family. You can protect yourself by:

  • getting the flu vaccine
  • covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • throwing tissues in the bin after you use them
  • washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze or using alcohol based hand sanitisers
  • trying to avoid close contact with people who have a flu-like illness.

Learn more about keep you and your family healthy this winter.