How You Can Maintain Your Health This Winters?



How You Can Maintain Your Health This Winters?
With shorter days and colder weather, finding the motivation to stay healthy and fit can be difficult. Chilly winter weather affects more than just your wardrobe and heating bill. Your body also experiences changes in energy levels, metabolism and even food prefer.
While the winter season might increase the risk for weather-related injury, the biggest risk to our overall health is a lack of attention to diet and exercise routines. Sticking to a healthy diet won’t only prevent you from picking up winter illnesses, but it can help maintain your immune system to better protect you.

Here are some winter tips to show you how to stay healthy and fit during winter’s colder months:

1.     Drink more water
Staying hydrated doesn’t just quench your thirst, it also helps regulate body temperature and is essential to the function of cells, tissues and organs. Cold weather and dry winds make your skin extremely dry. Staying hydrated helps in maintaining your body moisture and prevents dryness. Drinking plenty of water helps our body to digest food easily during the winters. Drink at least 12-15 glasses of water every day.

2.     Boost your immunity with spices
Cold weather suppresses your immune system which leaves you vulnerable to viruses and infections. Spices are known for its medicinal properties and all you have to do is add spices to your meals and soups. Some of spices you must add to boost your immunity are turmeric, garlic, black pepper, cardamom, clove, cinnamon, etc. Everyday drink turmeric milk at night to fight of your cold & cough.

3.     Eat more winter fruits & vegetables
From seasonal vegetables to hearty soups, stay nourished this winter. Top up your immune system by eating antioxidant-containing fruit and vegetables that are important in ensuring you’re getting healthy nutrients. Spinach, kale, Swiss chard, squash, carrots, beetroot, turnip and oranges are all delicious during the winter. Incorporate these items in the form of salads & soups into your regular winter diet.

4.     Nuts & Seeds are must for winters
Seeds and nuts have nutrients that the body requires during winters, as its cold outside, so taking these seeds and nuts will keep your body warm and healthy too. Nuts & seeds are rich in heart-friendly mono- and polyunsaturated fats which are beneficial to the human body. You can also start your day with some hot meals, adding nuts & seeds to the meal. Take them and protect yourself from the winter dryness of the skin, cold, cracked heels, chapped lips, etc. Some of the nuts and seeds you can consume this winter are flaxseeds, walnuts, almonds, groundnuts, pumpkin seeds, etc.

5.     Sip on herbal teas
As the cold weather settles in, there is nothing like a hot cup of herbal tea to take winter’s edge off. Herbal teas have long been considered warriors in the battle against bad health. Ginger, tulsi, mint, even pepper and cinnamon are all extremely healthy, landing a strong upper cut against illness of any kind. Herbal teas are not actually teas (hence they have no caffeine), but rather a decoction or infusion of herbs and spices.

6.     Get some sunshine
As the days grow shorter and cooler and we’re less likely to be outside, we are getting dramatically less day-to-day sun, which can affect our health and our mood. Just 10-15 minutes a day will give your body the message to make more vitamin D, and it’s likely to boost your bone health too.

7.     Don’t skip workout
Cold weather equals lethargy. Save electricity and an expanding waistline by heating your body up naturally with a workout. Regular exercise strengthens your immune system so it can fight off bacterial and viral infections. This becomes particularly important in winter when colds and flu rear their ugly heads. Go for a 20 mins walk outside, practice indoor exercises & yoga to stay this winters

Bottom Line
Don’t let the convergence of chilly weather, short days and flu season get you down. Try changing the way you eat and drink to combat the winter blues with these easy ideas to give you more energy from morning to night.

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