Winter is an ideal time to give your body and immune system a boost to fight coughs and colds, avoid vitamin D deficiency (which is provided naturally by the sun) and avoid energy slumps. These winter wellbeing words of wisdom can work wonders:
Get outdoors. The sun might not be shining but you can still make the most of the daylight to help top up the levels of vitamin D in the body, which are often depleted during winter leaving you prone to aches and pains. Enjoy a long walk with family or friends, visit the local park or even take a walk around the shops.
Keep active. Staying fit keeps your immune system functioning at its best, so don?t be tempted to ditch the exercise for a duvet day while it?s cold outside as you?ll do yourself no favours. Exercise is also a great way to lift your mood and make you feel more energised, which can be much needed in the cold winter weather.
Eat well. Choose slow-release carbohydrates such as brown rice, lentils or oats to keep you feeling fuller for longer, while fruit and vegetables will load up your body with vitamins and minerals to keep your immune system fighting fit and warding off the germs that are doing the rounds.
Stimulate your circulation. Cold weather can contribute to sluggish circulation, so keep blood flow stimulated with daily self-massage. Using a body oil (which has the added benefit of hydrating the skin), rub it into your body using circular motions towards the heart.
Avoid dehydration. A cold can rob fluids from your body and dehydration can worsen your symptoms and delay your return to health, so it is imperative to ensure you drink two litres of water a day to keep you hydrated and well.