Top tips for keeping healthy this winter
With windows and doors staying shut because of the cold weather, germs and viruses begin to thrive. Here are a few tips to help strengthen your immune system and prevent illness during the winter months.
Eat Well and Stay Hydrated: It is important to eat well throughout the year no matter the season, however it is particularly important during the winter months. Make sure you have a good breakfast every morning – a bowl of porridge made with milk of your choice is a great way to warm you up in the morning. Add banana or some berries to your bowl to help reach the 5 a day target.
Be sure to drink the recommended intake of water every day to help keep your body hydrated. Even mild dehydration can cause headaches. The cold weather can also worsen dry skin, hydrating it from the inside out is a good way to protect your skin, as well as using the right skincare products. We particularly recommend the La Roche-Posay range if you are suffering from very dry skin.
Stay Active: It’s hard to motivate yourself to go out for a walk when it’s cold, blustery, and wet during the winter but it is just as important to stay active in winter months as it is any other time of the year. The results of staying active over the holidays include less weight gain, while also being good for keeping stress levels to a minimal, clearing the head and getting fresh air into your system. Our range of fitness programmes can help keep active and fit from the comfort of your own home. Get started with our free 5k programme from Irish Olympian Mick Clohisey.
Get Enough Sleep: You should aim to get between 6-8 hours of sleep every night. Think of sleep as recharging your batteries. Without getting enough sleep every night, your body can become exhausted and this can weaken your immune system leaving you to be more susceptible to illnesses. If you are suffering from insomnia, you might find our accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) programme useful. The ease-to-use programme is designed for those who want to tackle their sleep issues via their PC, tablet or phone.
Keep Colds at Bay: There are many ways to help keep colds and flus at bay. Dress appropriately for the weather, stay warm and dry.
It is also beneficial to add a multivitamin to your daily routine. Vitamin C is good for fending off colds and flus. Vitamin D supplements help to counteract the lack of sunshine in the winter months and it also helps to soak up other important vitamins like vitamin A, iron and calcium. Daily multivitamins also contain vitamins A, B6, and B12 as well as minerals like copper, folic acid, calcium and zinc.
Whether or not to get the flu vaccine is a personal decision. You can talk to one of our pharmacists for advice on our online Pharma Chat here.
And lastly, wash your hands often. Your hands pick up germs throughout the day and because colds and flus are more common in the winter months, it is best to wash your hands more often to help prevent catching a cold.