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Stay Healthy this Winter

2 April 2016 | Marcus Daws | Health tips, Injury Prevention, Osteopathy

 

As the clocks go back, how do you keep your health moving forward?

It’s the end of daylight savings which seems to have come around at record speed (again). After a fairly hit and miss summer the changing seasons bring with the usual array of health challenges to overcome but with a good plan in place you can the cooler climate and stay healthy throughout.

Here are our top five tips

1 – Eat clean

Avoid undue stress on the body by avoiding bad food choices. The best way is to keep it simple. Fruit and veggies, quality proteins and cut out any processed rubbish. A few treats are always good but a treat shouldn’t be a regular staple of your diet

2 – Sleep deep

Put a focus on your sleeping habits, should be aiming for 7-8 hours and get to bed by 10pm, What is your pre bed routine? Try to avoid overstimulation, especially with too much screen time (blue light). Gentle stretching, reading, meditation. Slow the mind down for proper restful sleep.

3 – Supplement

We can all use a top up of good nutrients in our diet, especially when food quality is not at its best. A good multivitamin and mineral supplement is a good start, then a fish oil, probiotic and some quality Vit C and Zinc to support a healthy immune system. Ask you Osteopath about what would best work specifically for your needs.

4 – Stay hydrated

Drink more water and avoid diuretics. This is commonly missed in the winter as you might not feel as thirsty when the temperature drops, however it’s vital for a multitude of vital processes throughout your body. Keep that bottle to hand.

5 – Move It!

Get outdoors and move, go for a walk or get on your bike to get the heart pumping. If the weather is no good, then spend some time doing some gentle stretching to keep the body limber and mobile.

We’ll all be exposed to a cocktail and germs and viruses wherever we go, but if you follow these simple steps to keep your immune system in tip-top shape, you’ll have no issue in defending yourself from the dreaded lurgy and stay healthy all winter.

For more details and focused advice book in to see your Osteopath and discuss your health plan for the next few months.