If there are three things that winter is most known for they are snow, Christmas, and getting sick. Unfortunately, as much as we might hate it, bacteria and viruses spread like wildfire during the winter, leaving most of us feeling under the weather come Christmas morning. However, there is plenty that you can do to reduce the likelihood of you getting ill this winter. Here are some great tips for you to follow.
Watch What You Eat
When it’s cold and miserable outside, the easy option is to order a takeaway or fill up on junk food to feel better. Unfortunately, while this might make you feel better for a short time, it’s incredibly unhealthy, and won’t benefit your health in the long run. You are recommended to eat five portions of fruit and veg a day, and this doesn’t change during winter. Winter vegetables like carrots, parsnips, and turnips are incredibly versatile and provide a lot of vitamins and minerals to help keep you healthy. Honey is another great winter food, as there are lots of benefits of raw honey. Like fruits and vegetables, honey contains vitamins and minerals, but it can also help to soothe your throat if you have a nasty winter cough. Winter morning may be miserable, but that doesn’t mean that you skip your breakfast; Porridge, topped with fruit and honey, is a perfect option and will provide you plenty of energy for the morning.
As I’ve already mentioned, bacteria spreads incredibly quickly during winter months, so it’s important to take steps to reduce this spreading. The very first thing that you should do is ensure that you wash your hands regularly, and, at the very least, wash them after using the bathroom and before eating. Make sure to use an antibacterial soap, and lather up for at least thirty seconds before rising your hands, ensuring that you clean under your fingernails. Carrying a small bottle of hand sanitiser around with you is perfect for when there’s nowhere to wash your hands. You should also change your toothbrush if you have recently been ill, as bacteria could be living on there and could make you sick again.
Take Care Of Your Skin
The health of your skin is also on the line during winter, so make sure that you take care of it. You can do this by avoiding hot baths and showers, as these can strip away the skin’s protective oils, and instead opt for warm baths and showers. You should also make sure that you are moisturising often, and exfoliate once or twice a week to get rid of any dead skin cells. Your lips can easily become chapped during the winter, so you might also want to replace your lipstick with a moisturising one or a tinted lip balm.
It’s easy to get sick or adopt unhealthy habits during the winter, but you should avoid doing this at all costs. Keep eating a healthy, balanced diet, stay on top of your skincare, and wash your hands regularly if you want to stay at your best.