No matter the time of year, it is important to focus on your health and wellbeing to best avoid getting run down.
However now that winter is here, certain conditions such as joint pain and respiratory problems can become even more pronounced.
Luckily, there are some things you can do that may help to keep you healthy and happy this winter.
MAKE SURE YOU GET PLENTY OF SLEEP
Research indicates that the amount of sleep we are getting affects how well our immune systems function, as well as affecting general moods and brain health. Feedback from our customers says that since taking Comvita Olive Leaf Extract, they are having a better night’s sleep and their sense of wellbeing is enhanced.
PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU’RE EATING
In the colder months, it’s tempting to eat more ‘comfort foods’ that may be lower in nutritional value. There are plenty of delicious winter food recipes around that ensure you are having lots of seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as high-quality protein and whole grain foods. Look for some of the great winter farmers markets or initiatives that sell high-quality, seasonal produce.
BE GENTLE WITH YOUR BODY
Many people notice joint pain increases when the colder weather starts. Research has shown that engaging in gentle exercise, such as brisk walking or slow running, helps to keep your joints healthy, decreasing pain and increasing range of movement.
CONTROL YOUR RESPONSE TO STRESS
Research shows that stress can have a massive impact on the immune system, as well as most other systems in the body, so looking into the many stress reduction techniques to find one or more that work for you can help you stay well this winter. This may be as simple as going for a walk (either outside or on a treadmill) or running a warm bath. There are hundreds of ways to let off stream; at least one is bound to gel with you.
GET SOME SUN
Exposure of even smaller areas such as hands, face and arms for as little as 15-30 minutes per day 2-3 times per week can help to increase Vitamin D levels. Adults over the age of 70 may need more assistance with this so talk to your doctor about recommended levels.
Washing hands is an important part of keeping well so do this after visiting the bathroom, before eating, after touching anything used by a sick person and even just at random times throughout the day. The way you wash your hands is also important for disease prevention, so learn more about how and when to wash your hands.
Don’t forget to drink enough water. Often in winter we forget to drink enough because it isn’t hot but the body still needs those 8 glasses per day.
And last but not least, use this opportunity as motivation to quit smoking. Smoking has been shown to irritate the airways, as well as lowering immunity, so quitting now makes more sense than ever.