Tips for Good Winter Health

Ready for a positive spin on winter? Okay, here it comes. With all the time you spend indoors here in Central Connecticut, you have more time to unwind, catch up on your reading, and otherwise take a season-long breather from your otherwise busy lifestyle.

That doesn’t sound so awful, does it? Still, you know what they say about “too much of a good thing”, even when that good thing is rest and relaxation. So yes, give your mind and body a break, but follow these common-sense tips for maintaining the good health you already enjoy.

Supplements: Vitamin D helps fend off infection, decrease joint pain, control blood sugars, and may even help prevent certain cancers. With fewer daylight hours during the winter, you’ll benefit even more from vitamin D supplement.

Add Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are a healthy type of fat that are naturally found in many food types including fish, plant seeds and nuts. Omega 3 fatty acids are great for reducing joint pain and stiffness as they are a natural anti-inflammatory.

Plants: The more time you spend indoors, the less connected you are to nature. Adding more plants to your living environment can help. Plus, certain varieties of house plants effectively remove bacteria and other pollutants from indoor air. These include Boston Ivy, Aloe Vera, Spider Plants, and several others.

Dry skin: Handwashing is a great way to prevent spreading germs and viruses but, with dryer indoor air during the winter, it also can be tough on your skin. So, after washing your hands, apply a soothing lotion.

Stay warm out there. Before going out in the cold, bundle up in loose-fitting layers. Make the innermost layer a moisture-wicking fabric (not cotton). Add a water-resistant coat and shoes, plus a warm hat and scarf. And don’t forget your mittens, which are warmer than gloves.

Exercise: It may be harder to exercise during the winter, but it’s far from impossible. Join a gym or purchase a simple exercise mat and give yourself a vigorous daily workout. Get your kids involved, too, as staying active strengthens everyone’s immune system, helps prevent winter weight gain, and fights of winter depression.

For any health concerns you might have, including weight gain or depression, contact MedCare Express for an appointment. Or stop in any time, seven days a week, from 8 AM to 8 PM. No one has longer walk-in hours throughout the Greater Hartford area.