Winter can be a trying time both mentally and physically. The days are colder, darker and shorter and our bodies become more susceptible to all kinds of winter nasties like cold and flu. Here are some tips for charging your winter wellness.
The winter months can be brutal for some people's fitness routines but if you have to stay fit, you have to come out from your blanket. It’s very hard to get motivated when it’s cold and dark, but your body has to work overtime to get warm, so you can burn more kilojoules on that early morning walk or run.
Keep your immune system in shape by making sure you are eating a healthy diet. For your body to be able to respond to infection, it needs to have enough protein.
Dose up on vitamins and minerals
Iron, zinc and vitamin C are key to a healthy immune system. Look for dark, leafy greens and red and yellow vegetables, which are all high in antioxidants.
Drink at least eight glasses of water each day. If cold water is unappealing when the mercury dips, try boiled water with a slice of lemon. The moisture will also help make mucous membranes, including those in your sinuses, more resistant to bacteria.
Smokers are far more susceptible to upper respiratory infections, which tend to strike in winter.
Save your skin
Cold air, wind and heating will dry out your skin, so keep your face and body well moisturised.