We have listed 5 Tips to help you feel good and keep up your immune health during this Winter!
1. Keep active and get some Vitamin D
Being cooler we often spend more time inside and are less active. Try making the effort to keep up your exercise regimen so you’re not feeling sluggish and unmotivated. Getting some Vitamin D can also help with improving your mood and helps with calcium absorption. Don’t make the colder weather your excuse to lie around, rug up and get outside for a walk with a friend!
2. Nourishing foods
Including a variety of vegetables and fruits in your diet will help give you all then nutrients to fight away the flu and keep you energised. Great ways to incorporate these into your diet include soups, stews, smoothies and stir fry. Some of our favourite nutrient rich recipes include; chicken and vegetable soup with ginger, citrus green smoothie, tomato based seafood hotpot with garlic and onion!
3. Keep Hydrated
Fluid is important for many reasons including helps with digestion, regulates body temperature, moisturises the skin and carries your nutrients and oxygen to the cells. Common symptoms of dehydration can include feeling tired, weak, headaches, dark-coloured urine and dry or cracked lips. Be mindful of your fluid intake, drink more herbal teas, always have it accessible and carry a bottle with you, try adding some fruit or mint for to your water for flavour.
4.Eat your breakfast
We always hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! We couldn’t agree more. Get a nourishing breakfast into you to get your day kick started, fuelling the body with good dietary fibre, protein and good fats to keep you fuller for longer. There is plenty of evidence to show eating breakfast can increase your concentration, alertness and prevents you from feeling like an afternoon snack attack. Some great breakfast options include; porridge topped with natural yoghurt and a handful of mixed seeds and nuts, almond spread or poached eggs with avocado on wholegrain toast.
5. Avoid comfort eating
During winter we can sometimes add on those extra kilos by indulging in those comfort foods whilst on the couch watching a movie. By continuing to eat these high saturated fatty foods and refined sugars, this not only has an effect on your weight but can lead to insulin resistance, raise cholesterol levels and create fatty liver. Keep comfort eating to a minimum, once per week and enjoy foods that will be beneficial for you. Some of our favourite healthy indulgers include low fat custard with poached pear and cinnamon, natural Greek yoghurt with drizzle of honey or buckwheat pancakes with berry compote.