Stay Well this Winter

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Winter is not my favourite season, I must say. It’s freezing, wet and constantly dark! Not only that but people are miserable during these months. Ever wondered why?  Well sunlight actually releases a hormone called Serotonin, the mood stabilising hormone, which can help us when we’re moody! A lack of Serotonin can possibly lead to depression, so that’s how important it is. Bring on the summer ey!

As a consequence of these horrendous days, unfortunately comes illness. Immune systems run low and our bodies find themselves in a constant battle to fight off bacteria.  The last months especially, have shocked me, I have seen more people suffering from illness than ever before. But here’s the question. Could this actually be prevented?

The answer is Yes, the chances of getting ill can certainly be decreased. Of course people will still get ill, it would be a wonderful thing if I could change that, but you can help yourself prevent any unwanted days off and a throat so sore you can’t even speak. The best way to do this? Treat your body the right way!

Our diet gives our bodies a helping hand when it comes to fighting bacteria. Food plays a major role in the way we feel and the energy we have available to us, may that be for exercise or to combat viruses. Vitamin C is the main contributor to keeping cells healthy and therefore it’s important to consume plenty during these months.

So here are 10 food sources high in Vitamin C:

  1. Kiwi’s
  2. Oranges
  3. Red Peppers
  4. Broccoli
  5. Strawberries
  6. Kale
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Green Peppers
  9. Sprouts
  10. Potatoes

So that’s that, but what else?

Water is another major contributor. Hydration is vital for athletes to be able to perform at their peak.  The same applies when fighting a virus, a hydrated body is much better suited to combat bacteria in comparison to a dehydrated one. An average person should look at drinking 2.5 to 3 litres per day.

Other major factors are sleep and stress. We should be looking to get between seven and eight hours sleep a day. Sleeping is a major recovery  process for the body and it allows our cells to repair themselves, so this is vital when fighting off infection.Whilst stress is very common in modern society there are simple ways we can try and combat it. Let’s say you’re driving and someone has just pulled out in front of you, you get angry and stressed. A simple way to reduce stress in this situation is do something funny, a noise or expression often do the trick. It works, trust me!  A state of constant stress fatigues our bodies and this is the last thing needed when the body is already trying to combat the weather.

Sticking to the above will not only considerably decrease your chances of a trip to the doctors, but allow for a overall healthier body and mind. So eat right, drink, sleep, smile and repeat!

For more information on mindfulness click here.

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