The year 2020 brought along with it an intense focus on health. This winter, as we make our way into 2021, health is just as much of a focus for most people if not more so. If your goal is to stay healthy this winter and keep illness as far away as possible, you need to take some steps to increase your chances of making that happen. While no preventative measures is a 100% guarantee that you will remain healthy and avoid sickness, the tips below can at least reduce your risk of getting sick:
Staying Healthy This Winter: Here’s How
Taking Vitamins and/or Eating Microgreens
During the dark, cold winter months it is especially important to ensure your body is getting adequate nutrients. vitamin D, known as the “sunshine vitamin” is produced naturally within your body when it is exposed to sunlight. Obviously, during the winter, getting adequate exposure to sunlight can be a bit tricky. Therefore, taking a multivitamin that has vitamin D as well as other needed vitamins can make you feel better and keep you healthier this winter. Experts recommend you take between 600 and 2,000 IU of vitamin D for optimal benefits. You can also add microgreens to your diet for another nutritional boost. Microgreens are a specific stage of a plant and/or vegetable that are jammed packed with nutrients, giving you more bang for your dietary buck when you add them to your daily intake. Vitamins can also be taken via supplements/shakes or other way to increase your overall intake of daily nutrients. Almost no one actually eats enough nutrients in their food to get adequate amounts without taking a supplement or vitamin of some sort.
Getting Adequate Amounts of Sleep
Sleep is likely something you don’t readily consider when contemplating overall health. However, not getting adequate rest is a key factor that can lead to all sorts of issues, including illness. Therefore, one way to promote wellness and keep sickness at bay this winter is to commit to getting enough sleep. According to the Sleep Foundation, this means getting between seven and nine hours of sleep nightly for most adults.
Curtailing Social Media
Staying healthy goes beyond simply keeping yourself free of physical sickness, it also includes promoting overall wellness and good mental health. Unfortunately, one of the most detrimental activities you can do when it comes to your mental health is regularly browsing social media. Consequently, to promote overall health and reduce your risk of mental illness and sickness in general, curtailing your social media habits is a wise move.
Putting on your favorite workout apparel, yoga pants and/or women sports apparel and working out can actually have a significant impact on your health. Research shows that working out has a positive impact on not only chronic conditions, like heart disease, but also positively affects your natural immunity to illness. Therefore, committing yourself to regular exercise is another good way to stay healthy this winter.
The tips listed above are all applicable steps you can take to reduce your risk of illness and promote overall health this winter season. Put them all into action to create your best life, one of health and overall wellbeing.