The Path to Winter Wellness
While there are many reasons to celebrate winter, the colder temps and shorter days can make it harder to stick to regular health routines. Add cold and flu season to that mix and you can really get thrown off your game! That’s why we asked dietitians for some expert advice on giving your body the TLC it needs to strengthen your natural defenses and keep you on the path to winter wellness.
Replenish with the Right Foods
Making healthy food choices is an important building block to overall health—and a critical way to build your body’s immune system. Fruits and vegetables with vitamins A and C, iron, selenium, and zinc are particularly helpful in warding off colds. And remember to power up with healthy proteins like seafood and keep hydrated with water or unsweetened tea.
Revive with Exercise
While it may be harder to get motivated to work out in winter, exercise lowers stress, helps keep the winter blahs at bay, benefits your physical health, and promotes overall wellbeing—all while boosting your immune system. If the gym isn’t your thing, try a walk outdoors, dance inside, or schedule time to try a workout video.
Rejuvenate with Rest
Getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night is important year-round but it’s especially crucial during cold and flu season. Being tired can affect your stress levels, mental sharpness, and ability to fight off infections. In addition to a good night’s sleep, take a break during the day if you feel sluggish. A few minutes to nap, daydream, or do something fun and creative can help refresh your body and mind.
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.