Tips to Stay Well in the Cold Weather

So I'm currently sat,in a jumper, woolly socks, thermal leggings, with a cup of tea and a fluffy blanket. The basic definition of a cosy snow day! 

Yes, if you haven't noticed, the snow has well and truly fallen and disrupted most peoples days. Work has been cancelled and roads are icy, so people can't get out and about as they usually would. 

This means a lot of walking around in the cold and snow. So here are my tips for how to keep well and healthy this winter. 

1. Wrap up warm
Winter is the perfect excuse to wear all of the cute winter coats and scarfs. I really recommend wearing a woolly hat and gloves when the temperature drops. The myth that we used to hear as kids: 'You lose your body heat through your head' just isn't true, any exposed surface will lose body heat, so keep covered up!

2. Get some sleep
This doesn't mean napping throughout the day. The lack of sunlight in the winter can cause something called 'Seasonal Affective Disorder'; which is sometimes known as 'Winter Depression'. The shorter days can also mess up our precious sleeping patterns, so try to go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday. 

3. Take a Vitamin D Supplement
Vitamin D supplements are essential during the colder, darker seasons. It helps to regulate the amounts of calcium and phosphate - keeps your teeth, bones and muscles healthy. Most places now sell Vitamin D supplements, 10mcg a day is plenty. 
I would still recommend getting outside when it is bright, to ensure you get some natural sunlight. 

4. Eat your Fruit and Vegetables
Now, before you think I'm preaching because I'm studying nutrition, think again. Fruits and Vegetables are full of immune boosting and essential nutrients. It's so easy to just grab convenient, comfort food, but ensure that you get at least 5 different fruits and vegetables into your diet per day. 

5. Drink Plenty of Water
Although it's freezing outside, you really need to make sure that you keep the fluid levels up. Still aim to drink 8 glasses of water per day.

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