There are some natural and easy preventative measures we can take to reduce our chances of feeling under the weather during the cold months. Here are four winter health tips that can help keep you active and healthy during winter months.
Eat winter citrus
The citrus aroma that fills the kitchen when preparing a fruit salad is refreshing. Try fresh, juicy oranges, sliced into thick pieces. Sweet, crisp apples add a great crunch to it. Add some fresh lemon juice and a hint of cinnamon, or a few sweet raisins and crunchy, buttery, raw walnuts. Drizzle with an accent of quality maple syrup. Sprinkle some flax seeds to give it a great boost of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Get some sun
Did you know that spending as little as five minutes in direct sunlight a day can boost your mood? Sunlight is very important to us, but it’s much harder to be outdoors during winter than any other season, so finding ways to be outdoors during the cold months requires a bit of forethought. Bundle up and go for a walk. Bring your camera and capture some images of this winter beauty. Spend some time in the snow whether it’s sledding, skiing, ice skating, or just making a snowman or snowballs.
Make a smoothie
Smoothies should be embraced all year long. They are chockfull of nutrients and vitamins. Fruits and vegetables are super foods, but often times we don’t get our required daily serving. Smoothies are a good way to sneak in green veggies such as avocados and spinach. In addition to adding different types of fruit, why not add almond milk, soy milk, flax oil, and protein powder? To get your smoothie cravings in the winter take a really hot bath right before having the smoothie.
Nothing is said to be as comforting on a cold winter’s day as mom’s chicken soup. Indeed, a bowl of soup is more than food for your soul. Soups made with a variety of healthy vegetables and a great stock aid in digestion and can be one of the most healing and satisfying of meals, especially during cold winter months. The earliest cultures have long used broths and soups as home remedies for colds and flu, and even scientific data indicates that soup is more than just good food.