With the mornings getting darker, has it started getting difficult for you to roll out of your bed? Well, winter is around the corner and those coughs and sneezes are suddenly louder and more frequent than usual.
Winter is the time when people are most prone to virus, immunity and respiratory troubles. This might be a reason, winter is not much appreciated by many among us!Some precautions and lifestyle changes can make your winters much easier and comfortable.
Absorb enough sunlight
The sun would never cease to give you adequate amount of Vitamin D, without any real efforts. Do not let your body be deprived of the sunshine vitamin, for it is essential to maintaining your health and immune system. When your body is deficient in Vitamin D, you tend to suffer from a lot of health related problems like osteoporosis, obesity, depression, diabetes and hypertension. To avoid the changing season troubles, don’t hibernate indoors when the sun is shining bright on the outside, open your blinds and curtains for the early morning kiss of the sun and make your home and work environment as light and airy as possible.
Winter might be the time when you want to snuggle up indoors, but just think about all the efforts you had put in for your weight loss during the summer. Not only keeping fit, exercising during the winter months will also keep you off from the seasonal affective disorder. The science behind it says that working out once during the day would keep your body heated naturally. This rise in body temperature has a soothing and calming effect on your body. Unless you want to see that waistline expanding and yourself feeling blue during the winter period, you must not give up the idea of a regular exercise.
Dehydration happens as easily in winters as it does in summers. No matter you don’t find yourself sweating during winters, but you lose water through your breath. When you are dehydrated, you can become more susceptible to winter colds and flu. Also, if you don’t drink enough water, your body retains water, thus making you feel bloated and causing water weight in your body. Just in case winters make you feel less thirsty, you can opt for fruits or juices instead or you just might want to flavour your water for a better taste!
A soup can be a healthy, super nutritious and a comforting meal for the chilly winter days. It can sooth and relax you in an inexplicable way when you are down with cold or flu. Soups can have innumerable varieties as per your taste and are easy in preparation. Make sure you add the warming foods like ginger, pepper, beetroot, tomatoes, carrots in your big hearty bowl of your favourite soup!
Increase the intake of milk
While winter is the time when most of us suffer with frequent cold and flu, it’s important to make sure that the immune system is all set to bear the chilly winds. Milk and dairy products such as cheese, paneer and yogurt are great sources of protein and Vitamins. They also have a lot of Calcium that helps keep the bones strong. You can go for the low fat varieties to avoid the fat!
Check your sleep
Even when the night’s are longer and the days shorter, there is no such need of extra sleep during winter. When the sun is rising late, you shouldn’t snooze for longer for it will only keep you feeling more sluggish throughout the day. Create a relaxing bedtime routine and follow almost the same everyday, even over the weekends. In the end, always make sure that you get at least 8 hours of sleep everyday. Lack of sleep can have some serious effects on the immune system.