As the temperatures dip lower this winter, it’s important to take special care of your body. Be sure follow these six simple tips to support good health long into springtime.
Get plenty of the following:
1. Vitamin D: With the colder winter months comes a lack of exposure to sunshine ““ our body’s primary source of vitamin D. Make sure you’re getting enough by consuming salmon, sardines, tuna, fortified foods (such as milk and cereal) or supplements.
2. Exercise: Does the cold weather make you feel a bit sluggish? The solution is not to stop moving! Although it can be challenging to stay motivated, keeping up with your regular exercise routine can rev up your energy levels during the winter.
3. Sleep: While it won’t help to hibernate through the winter, your body will benefit from consistently adequate sleep (7 to 8 hours per night).
4. Fluids: Cold weather can zap moisture from your body, as well as make it harder to recognize the signs of dehydration. Remember to stay well hydrated, regardless of the temperature.
5. Humidity: Cold, dry air (as well as artificially heated air) can dry out the skin and cause minor throat irritations. A humidifier can be especially helpful, but remember to clean it regularly to prevent the spread of bacteria.
6. Relaxation: Your to-do list may be a mile long, but it’s important to take some time out of your busy schedule to relax. Not only will this help support your body’s natural response to stress, it can also promote normal immune function.