Staying Healthy During the Winter Months

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Chilly mornings, crunchy snow underfoot and blindingly blue skies are common occurrences in the upper Northeast. Although we might joke about the cold weather, successfully surviving the winter months does take some extra care.

healthywinterAnyone can fall on the ice, catch a cold or come down with the flu. Sometimes the best prevention for seasonal problems is simple common sense, Taking time to plan and prepare for winter and being more cautious can eliminate many of the problems experienced by everyone.

Dodging the “Bugs “Winter often seems like the season for nasty colds and influenza. But many people successfully navigate the season with little more than an occasional sniffle. What’s their secret?

  • Eat properly, especially the fruits and vegetables. The vitamins and minerals found in many of the fruits and vegetables help your immune system fight the ‘bugs’ that are so common.
  • Take time to rest. Don’t let all the winter activities and family events keep you from getting the sleep your body needs.
  • Wash your hands frequently. There are many handy alcohol-based cleansers that are easy to tuck into a purse or car, which can also provide on-the-go cleaning.
  • Get a flu shot. They’re available from public health as well as other clinics and can help keep you healthy. The flu is highly contagious, so if you do get the flu, stay home. Bed rest, a mild pain reliever and lots of fluids are the best treatment.
  • Don’t forget about exercise! Even in the winter, it’s important to get the exercise your body needs. Many people join a health club, but there are many other alternatives. Schools have walking tracks you can use, the malls are a great place to walk and window-shop with friends and there are a host of in-home exercise options you can try as well.
  • Drink lots of liquids to keep properly hydrated. Remember drinks with caffeine and alcohol actually dehydrate, so be sure to get lots of water, milk and juice.

 

Winter can be a beautiful time to enjoy, but it also poses some challenges. By planning ahead and using healthy common sense, you can enjoy the season and get ready for another delightful spring.

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