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Jul
9
How to Stay Healthy this Winter Holiday Season

Staying healthy during winter doesn’t mean wrapping up in blankets, eating chicken soup and avoiding going out. Odds are once you notice that you’re feeling run down, it’s too late. Therefore, prevention is better than cure and so I’ve amassed my top 5 tips to help you make the most out of this winter season and stay healthy.

Food:

Food can seem like an everyday thing, almost mundane. However, food is your best defense against many winter issues. There are fewer foods in season, but this doesn’t mean you can’t eat well. I’ve included some of the best foods to try to add to your diet to ensure a healthy winter season.

  • Pomegranates – rich in antioxidants, they can help improve blood flow
  • Kale – dark leafy greens such as kale are great and are rich in vitamins A, C, and K
  • Lemons, Limes, and Oranges – Citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C—one medium orange delivers more than 100 percent of your daily dose
  • Potatoes – they tend to get a bad rap due to being white starch-based foods, however, unlike other white starches, they have a lot of nutrients left. They are an excellent source of two immunity boosters—vitamins C and B6, delivering 25% and 29% of your daily needs per medium potato

Carry Hand Sanitizer and wash your hands more:

Researchers at the Children’s Hospital in Boston studied 292 families for 5 months, according to their results; the families that carried hand sanitizer had 59% fewer stomach bugs than the families with no hand sanitizer. Apparently, if used correctly they can nearly eliminate 99% of germs!

Other studies have also shown the power of washing your hands, why do you think health professionals wash their hands after interacting with a patient? Follow their lead and wash your hands when you can. If you can’t, grab the hand sanitizer, better safe than sick.

Take a multivitamin every day:

Going to the store to find the best multivitamin for you can be daunting, each has health claims and promises to be the ‘one’ you need. Research it in advance so you know what you are looking for and aren’t overwhelmed by the choice. (If you’re anything like me and hate taking large pills, try Greeniche Natural Multivitamins! These are small and convenient)

You should look for one with 100% of the recommended daily values of vitamins A, B6, B12, C, and D and the minerals chromium, copper, folic acid, selenium, calcium, and zinc

Take your vitamin with a meal that has a little bit of fat in it to aid absorption and so it isn’t taken on an empty stomach.

Exercise:

Did you know exercise can reduce your chance of getting a cold? A study done by researchers at the University of South Carolina found that just 3 hours of moderate activity reduced the likelihood of a cold by 35%. It doesn’t have to be an exercise that leaves you breathless, just some yoga, Pilates, tai chi or brisk walks can also have an impact on your immune system.

Get the Flu Jab:

The Flu vaccination can help reduce the risk of flu by 50 -60% in the general population, it doesn’t mean you won’t get the flu, but it does mean that if you do, the severity is reduced as well as side effects – all the more reason to roll up your sleeve! Flu isn’t just a cold, but a serious condition and so it’s best to prevent it especially if you have an underlying condition such as asthma or a hear complaint. If in doubt, see your Doctor.

Happy Holidays!

 

  Annu Gaidhu

Annu is best known for her authentic, non-judgmental teaching style and compassion centered self-love practices. She is instrumental in weaving ancient wisdom teachings of yoga into a modern-day practice aimed at serving people at all levels. Annu is dynamic in teaching Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Power Yoga, and Meditation. She is committed to finding key approaches to encourage the growth of the physical and spiritual self; helping others inspire thoughts into action in creating a life you deserve.

 

 

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