Winter Health Tips: Stay Warm and Stay Safe
As the flu season continues, it is important to keep yourself feeling healthy and safe. Getting your flu vaccination as early as October is a good start, but what other precautions can you take for the rest of the year?
Here are a few simple health and safety practices to keep in mind as you try and stay warm in these colder months:
- Stay hydrated.
It is easy to remember to drink plenty of water during the summer when it hits the spot. However, maintaining proper hydration is important year-round. Cold weather can not only dry up your skin, but it can also leave you feeling dehydrated and lacking energy. A great way to stay hydrated while staying warm is by drinking hot beverages like green or herbal tea. According to The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, green teas contain natural antioxidants which will improve your immune system.
- Layer up to protect your body.
Keeping a consistent warm body temperature is an essential winter practice, but some parts of your body need more care than others. Studies have shown that your hands and feet in particular are more likely to suffer from the cold weather. If you are braving the elements this winter, make sure to cover your hands and feet with warm gloves and socks.
- Embrace a winter diet.
The types of food you eat can have a significant impact on your health. Winter foods like sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and other winter squashes are excellent at boosting your immune system, as they are full of antioxidants. According to Harvard, eating winter squash has multiple health benefits including lowering blood pressure and reducing risk of diabetes. Making use of spices like ginger can not only improve a meal’s flavor, but it also improves your immune system.
- Keep on exercising.
As the weather gets colder, you may not be going on walks or runs as frequently as you were in the summer. Despite this, regular cardio exercise is still a great way to boost your immune system and keep your body warm. Harvard even states your body uses less energy to workout in cold temperatures, so you have no excuse! Doing a little home workout every now and then will go a long way in keeping yourself healthy this winter.
We at Lacamas Medical Group want everyone to stay safe and healthy this winter. These simple and proven tips can go a long way in helping you maintain healthy living and eating habits. If you would like to make an appointment with a medical professional regarding your health this winter, please give us a call or message us online.