How to keep in tip top condition during winter

Colder days are fast approaching

Long dark evenings, sniffles, sneezes and that duvet day feeling – winter must be on its way.  But even if you’re facing lockdown, it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom; winter can be a great season to get to grips with our immune system, toughen our resilience and give a boost to our general wellbeing.

So how can we make the best of the winter months?

Here are some practical tips we can follow to aid our resistance to those winter viruses along with helping to battle those winter blues:

  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and wholegrains to support our immunity and encourage good digestion
  • Aim to reduce intake of salt, sugar and fat and try to avoid processed foods as they are generally high in all three
  • Endeavour to eat as much fresh food wherever possible as foods full of preservatives and so called ‘junk’ food will deplete the body’s natural protection system
  • Include some form of exercise into our daily lives to give our immune systems a boost and produce those ‘feel good’ endorphins
  • Stay hydrated with plenty of fresh water and avoid consuming too much alcohol or caffeine as they have a detrimental effect on our body’s ability to absorb minerals and vitamins
  • Try and keep to a regular routine as continued late nights and long work hours can have detrimental effects on our general health
  • Skin and hair should not be neglected during the colder months so both men and women should include quality conditioners and creams in their washing regime.

Yoga, swimming, massage, walking in daylight hours, taking up a new hobby or practicing mindfulness are just some forms of healthy relaxation which may help us to feel good about ourselves during those long winter days.

It has been said that winter sunshine can improve our general health, our immunity to viruses and help to lift those winter blues so try to get outside as much as possible or perhaps consider taking some extra vitamins – see our feature on Vitamin D

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