My 7 Health Tips to avoid getting a cold this winter
Stay naturally warm at night
Sleeping in a cold room and wrapping up really warm with Pyjamas and 2 duvets is much better for your immune system, than turning the radiator on high. Let your body work naturally and warm itself up from the inside. It’s not very sexy you have to cover up at night. But it’s healthier and your face will not be swollen when you wake up in the morning 😉
Start your day or end your workout with a cold shower. Chock your body it has endless benefits. Increases alertness, refines hair and skin, improves immunity and circulations, stimulates weight loss, speeds up muscle soreness and recovery, eases stress and relieves depression.
Get your sleep
“On average we sleep six-and-a-half hours a night, much less than the seven to nine hours recommended,” which aims to raise awareness of the importance of a good night’s sleep for health and wellbeing.
But in winter, we naturally sleep more because of the longer nights. “It’s perfectly natural to adopt hibernating habits when the weather turns cold. You need more rest in the winter. Go to bed early and give your body the rest it needs, listen to your bodys signals.
Get Your Calcium intake
Your are 80% more likely to get a cold in the winter so make sure you get you’re A, B12 Vitamins and calcium. They exist in Dairy products, yogurts, cheese and milk. Dairy products are not my favourite thing to eat, because I like to stay lean so I remember to take my calcium supplements.
Eat more fruit and Vegetables
When it’s cold and dark outside, it can be tempting to fill up on unhealthy comfort food, but it’s important to ensure you still have a healthy diet and include five portions of fruit and veg a day.
If you find yourself craving a sugary treat, try a juicy clementine or satsuma instead, or sweet dried fruits such as dates or raisins. I also like to eat nuts in the evenings when I have my sugar cravings.
Winter vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, swede and turnips can be roasted, mashed or made into soup for a comforting winter meal for the whole family. Explore varieties of fruit and veg that you may not normally eat.
Try new activities
Don’t use the cold winter months as an excuse to stay in and lounge around. Instead, get out and try out a new activity – maybe ice skating, or taking a bracing winter walk on the beach or through the park.
Regular exercise helps control your weight, boost your immune system, and is a good way to break the tension that can build if you are constantly cooped up inside the house. Go to the gym like me and spoil your body with tough workouts, fitness, cardio, strength and flexibility. End your workout with an amazing sauna, steam and cold shower.
Have a hearty breakfast
Winter is the perfect season for porridge. Eating a warm bowlful on a cold morning isn’t just a delicious way to start your day, it also helps boost your intake of starchy foods and fibre.
These give you energy and help you feel fuller for longer, stopping the temptation to snack mid-morning. Oats also contain lots of vital vitamins and minerals.
Make your porridge with semi-skimmed or skimmed milk or water, and don’t add sugar or salt. Add a few dried apricots, some raisins, a sliced banana or other fruit for extra flavor.