It can be difficult to stay motivated about your health in winter. The colder weather and limited sunshine make it hard to stay in a routine and can have a damaging effect on your heath as we enter the cold and flu season.
But don’t let winter get you down, here are a few helpful tips to staying healthy.
• Remember to hydrate – in winter we tend to be less thirsty – aim to drink around two litres of water per day.
• Fill your diet with fruit and vegetables; eating a nutrient rich diet can help boost your immunity.
• Get some exercise; studies show people who engage in regular, moderate exercise have an increased immunity.
• If appropriate, take a vitamin or supplement – it isn’t a miracle cure, but can have a positive effect in treatment and prevention. The popular ones are vitamin C, zinc and echinacea.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient needed for growth, repair and immunity. Evidence is limited in its effective protection from colds, but some studies have shown it can reduce a cold by 24-36 hours. (recommended product: Blackmores BIO C)
Zinc is a naturally occurring element, which we only need in small amounts. Similar to vitamin C, evidence suggests that zinc may be able to reduce your symptoms by about a day. (Recommended product: Blackmores Immune + Recovery. This product also contains vit c and echinacea.)
Echinacea is a herb that has been used to treat colds for centuries. While evidence is mixed, experts are certain that it has a positive effect when treating colds. (Recommended product: ArmaForce)
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