Be Health Wise this Winter
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Since we are more likely to catch bugs during the winter months, and since it takes so much longer to recover, we should all be prepared to keep ourselves healthy through this winter.
Tips for staying healthy this winter
- Keep your home warm, install insulation and storm windows, close windows and doors, draw curtains, and use either an electric blanket or water bottle while in bed. If you cannot afford to heat your whole home all day, heat the living room during the day and the bedroom before you go to bed.
- Keep your body warm by moving around regularly, eating enough, drinking hot drinks and dressing warmly.
- If you know that you are flu-prone, or if you are pregnant or suffering from some other medical condition that might slow down your recovery from flu, have the flu vaccine before the start of the winter.
- When it’s cold and dark outside, you may be tempted to binge on large comfort meals. But since everyone is more vulnerable to flu and colds during winter, it is even more important to eat healthy meals, fruit and vegetables. Thick vegetable soup is a great idea.
- People tend to exercise less in winter than in summer, which is also unhealthy. Find winter activities which your whole family can enjoy. And don’t avoid outdoor activities, you still need the fresh air. Dress up warmly and spend some time moving around outside. Since your body takes longer to warm up during the winter, start slowly and gradually increase the pace.
- Make sure that you try to get outside each and every day to enjoy the fresh Canadian air.
- If you have seasonal affective disorder or you know that you feel tired and depressed during the winter’s months, try to get enough sun by going outside or opening curtains when it is sunny. Vitamin D, which is found in fish and artificially added to most breakfast cereals and dairy products, will also help.
- If you do catch a cold, treat the symptoms with over-the-counter medicine like painkillers and decongestants and take it easy for a few days. If the symptoms remain or intensify, visit your general practitioner.