We’ve said goodbye to summer and the cold, dark nights are fast approaching. Winter is coming, but that doesn’t have to mean that you have to give in to the doom and gloom. Here are our top 5 ways to stay healthy and protect yourself from the winter blues and bugs.
1: KEEP MOVING & GET SOME FRESH AIR
When it’s cold and blustery outside the last thing you feel like doing
is taking a brisk walk. But if you want to stay healthy and fight the winter blues, it’s important to keep moving. Just a 20 to 30-minute walk in the fresh air could boost your immune system, improve
your circulation, lower your blood pressure and increase your focus and concentration.
2: GET SOME VITAMIN D
One of the best ways to protect yourself from the grotty illnesses that lurk in the winter months is vitamin D. In the winter, when the days get
shorter, the sun gets weaker and we start to cover up, our skin doesn’t usually get exposed to enough sunlight to synthesise enough of its own vitamin D. This can lead to a deficiency with symptoms such as low mood, decreased energy and make you more likely to get ill.
Studies have shown that supplementing with Vitamin D3 can significantly reduce your risk of catching flu and other respiratory illnesses.
3: STAY HYDRATED
Water is required for almost everything your body does, if you’re dehydrated then you’re more likely
to feel tired, suffer from headaches and feel low. Aim to drink between 1.5 to 2 litres of water a day to stay well hydrated.
4: TAKE YOUR SUPPLEMENTS
It’s not just vitamin D that can give you an immune boost through the
winter. Other supplements such
as fish oils, turmeric, chlorella and vitamin C can all help to keep you healthy and fight off the winter bugs. Vitamin C actually helps with the absorption of several other vital nutrients too so it’s a great way to boost your health.
5: EAT CLEAN & KEEP IT SEASONAL
We all know that a clean diet full of fresh fruit and veg can help keep us healthier. But did you know that eating seasonal can help too?
Winter veg such as garlic, onions and leafy greens are packed full of immune- boosting properties.
Soups and stews are a great way to get more winter veg in your diet and can be super tasty too.
Check out our Immune-Booster Carrot & Turmeric Soup recipe.