Winter is fast approaching and as temperatures drop, the number of viruses, colds and bugs is steadily on the rise.
Nobody wants to spend weeks tucked up in bed recovering from a nasty flu, so we’ve put together some simple advice and information to keep you healthy this winter.
During the winter, it can be extremely tempting to ditch healthy eating habits, turning to carbs and sugar for comfort.
A poor diet is going to negatively affect your immune system and make it difficult to fight winter viruses. Neglecting a healthy diet of fruit and vegetables is also going to leave you feeling tired, sluggish and susceptible to becoming ill. Check out this guide to fruits that can help fight flus, created by Men’s Health.
You shouldn’t assume that the best way of staying healthy this winter is by wrapping yourself up in a blanket, with something warm and chocolaty to sip on.
Just like your diet, when winter sets in, those good exercise habits you got yourself into over the summer can go out of the window. However, a study conducted by the BBC suggests that people who exercise on a regular basis are less likely to get a cold than those who don’t. According to the study – conducted by researchers in the US – exercising and being active reduced the risk of developing a cold by almost 50%.
Although your focus should be trying to get as many vitamin and mineral rich foods into your diet as possible, it’s also a good idea to give your body a helping hand. Vitamin supplements and healthy immune products are a great during the winter months when your immune system is under more strain.
As well as taking vitamins and supplements, it’s also vitally important that you stay up-to-date with any prescription medication that you take. When it’s snowing a blizzard, a trip to the pharmacy isn’t the most appealing prospect in the world. However, you can renew an NHS or private prescription online, with the help of companies like Medicines2U. This is a fast and easy way to get the medical supplies you need and keep yourself healthy this winter. What’s more, if you choose to pay for your prescriptions and vitamins in the one place, you could get free delivery on your order.
Staying healthy during the winter doesn’t just apply to your physical well-being. In the seemingly never-ending months of darkness and freezing temperatures, it’s common for people to experience mild depression, stress or anxiety.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also called the winter blues, is caused by the body’s response to the lack of natural light. The best way of lessening the effect of SAD is exposure to as much as light as possible. You should take walks on bright, clear days and even sitting beside a window while you’re at work could help. The NHS information around SAD also suggests that healthy eating and plenty of exercise are effective at counteracting this common condition.