We love winter for many reasons. We get to wear cozy sweaters, hang out by the fire, and see pretty snow fall from the sky. As we’re enjoying these great things (and many others!), one concern is that people are more likely to get sick during the colder months. However, we’re here to help! Here are six tips you can use to stay healthy this winter.
Remember to consume foods high in Vitamin D
Winter is the season people bundle up, which means we don’t get many vitamins from the sun. Research shows that over half of Americans are deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, seasonal affective disorder, and many other illnesses. Ramp up on this vitamin during the winter by incorporating more vitamin D-rich foods like tuna and mushrooms into your diet, or try taking supplements.
Don’t indulge in emotional eating
It’s winter, and many people are naturally inclined to cuddle up, keep warm, and indulge in comfort foods. It’s also the season of parties and get-togethers so we recommend trying to stick to healthy eating habits. Prepare wholesome meals that will provide your body benefits instead of eating the less healthy options provided at parties.
Pay attention to your skincare routine
During winter, our skin tends to become drier, from both the cold air outside and the heat turned up inside. Try to avoid taking long hot baths or showers. Be best friends with moisturizers and serums!
Never step out without sunscreen
Yes, we are still exposed to harmful UV rays even though we can’t always see the sun. Did you know that snow reflects up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays? So, if you’re going skiing or snowboarding, sunscreen up!
Wash your hands
You’re likely going to be cooped up with other people indoors, so obey the following rules if you find yourself in crowded places this winter. Don’t sit close to people sneezing or coughing, and always wash your hands regularly.
While we love this time of year because we come together with family and friends, it’s important to stay mindful of ways to stay healthy.