We can’t say it enough – though winter season is a pleasant time, it does come along with its own host of illnesses. Cold and flu are synonymous with winter. So what exactly can you do to avoid sickness and enjoy the pleasantness this season has to offer? Let’s look at a few precautionary measures you can practice for a healthy winter!
5 Tips For a Healthy Winter
- Try to follow a well-balanced diet: The diet should contain all the basic 5 food groups. According to ICMR, the basic 5 food groups are cereals and millets, pulses and legumes, fruits and vegetables, milk and meat products, fats and oils. Out of the aforementioned food groups, we should concentrate more on fruits and vegetables because they boost and strengthen immunity with the help of vitamins and minerals.
- Keep exercising: It will keep you warm and improve immunity against seasonal ailments like fever and cold – ensuring a healthy winter! Physical activity also helps us become fit during the winter season. Focus more on indoor exercises like squats, spot jogging, push-ups and yoga as due to the cold climate, you might not be able to step out.
- Drink sufficient water: Make sure that you are drinking more than 2 liters of water every day. During winter, most of us do not drink adequate amounts of water. Another important thing to be considered is the use of lukewarm water instead of cold water for drinking. You can use Tulsi, jeera and basil leaf induced water as well. Water helps remove toxins from the body, helps balance body fluid – preventing dehydration and carries nutrients to body cells. Water is definitely an important part of a healthy winter.
- Proper Skincare: This season is quite hard on the skin. The main problems associated with skin include dryness, itching, chapped lips and cracked heels. Try to use Vitamin E rich moisturizer, body lotion and sun protection cream every day. Drinking more water will also hydrate the skin. Stock up on good winter clothes and keep lip balm handy at all times.
- Health Checkup: Precautions for a healthy winter includes a health checkup. Asthma, fever, sore throat and joint pains are the most common health problems during winter. There is also an increased risk of heart attacks as low temperature induces more pressure on the heart. Cardiac patients, persons with high cholesterol and triglyceride levels should definitely go for a regular checkup.
In addition to the above, make sure you have 7-8 hours of good sleep. Also, remember to maintain good personal hygiene by washing your hands and bathing regularly to keep germs and viruses away.
We hope these precautionary measures help you have a wonderful and healthy winter. Do leave your thoughts in the comments below.