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Healthy Habits to Adopt this Winter

25 June 2018

Healthy-Habits

As the temperature drops, it almost always becomes easy to lean toward the not-so-healthy comfort foods, our exercise routines dwindle and that has a negative effect on our overall health. We take a look at what healthy habits we can adopt to make Winter a whole lot more bearable.

Winter Eating Habits

Water! It is so vital that you keep yourself hydrated at all times. It might mean a few more trips to the bathroom but it is worth it because dehydration can have far more negative effects on your immune system. Your mucous membranes will be kept moist, therefore helping it (your immune system) work at its best. Aim for 2 litres a day.
Naturally, we will speak about food, here are some foods you need to stock up on to survive Winter:

 

  • Citrus fruits (read our top Winter tips )
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Legumes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Leafy greens
  • Mushrooms

Get Enough Sleep

Winter nights are longer, so why not put all those hours into good use and get amazing health benefits while at it. Sleep is a great way for your body to rejuvenate, repair and of course, get some rest. It promotes in children and young adults, it’s great for your immune system and your cells are repaired while you sleep.

Glowing Skin

Skin tends to be dry during winter and for some people, a mild itch might erupt. While there are both external and internal causes of dry skin, winter tends to worsen the condition because of the colder temperature and lower humidity. We’ve already covered two things that are essential in getting your skin that healthy glow, water and sleep. A little external help in the form of bath or shower gels, lotions and oils. Use Nature’s Choice Coconut Oil in your bath and soak in it for supple, glowing skin.

Hygiene

Curb the spread of germs which may potentially make you sick by keeping your hands clean, at all times. A 20-second warm water wash is all that’s needed, then pat your hands dry with a clean paper towel.

Take Care of Your Mental Health

Winter has a tendency to bring on the blues, this is called Seasonal Affective Disorder(SAD). The levels of this disorder vary and are brought on by the lower levels of our Vitamin D source, sunlight. Body patterns also become out-of-sync because of this, making us irritable. When we’re affected by SAD we’re prone to getting sick. Try consuming foods that are high in Vitamin D like cheese, fortified tofu, oily fish and dairy. Spend time on activities you enjoy and with loved ones.

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