It’s officially winter in Miami. Do you know what that means? It means that our normally hot and humid weather is slowly fading away, being replaced by an early morning chill and lots of rain! While we don’t have to worry about sleet or snow during wintertime in Miami, we do have to worry about a constant change in temperature, which results in colds more often than not. I thought I would share some of my tips on how to stay healthy this winter while we all still have a fighting chance!
Because really, it’s no fun being able to go to the beach on Christmas if you’re too sick to be able to do so!
Tips on How to Stay Healthy This Winter
First and foremost, WASH YOUR HANDS. All day long, every day, no matter where you are going, what you are doing – keep your hands cleans. While everyone around you might be coughing and sneezing, you have a better chance of avoiding catching the colds of other people if you keep your hands clean. I also like to carry a little bottle of hand sanitizer with me (Angeline does as well) to use after being in public places. As much fun as shopping at the mall is during the holidays, there are germs crawling all over the place in public places!
Stay hydrated! Drinking lots of water helps you stay hydrated, avoid headaches and wash out all of the impurities in your body. Most people don’t realize just how important it is to drink the daily recommended amount of water each day. The Institute of Medicine recommends that we drink eight 8 ounce glasses of fluid a day, and while popular opinion doesn’t stipulate that it has to be water, I personally find that I feel much better when I limit my intake of sodas, juices etc in favor of good old H2O!
Take a daily multivitamin. I take a daily multivitamin, and I really try to get Angeline to take one as well. While I am used to taking vitamins and supplements on a daily basis, it is still something that I struggle with when it comes to my daughter. Part of it is that she is a teenager, and what teenage girl does what her mom tells her to everyday? Taking a daily multivitamin is important because most of us don’t really eat a perfectly balanced diet, and we miss out on essential nutrients. It is especially important to take our vitamins during the winter, when illnesses are going around and our immune systems are struggling.
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Increase your Vitamin D intake during the winter. While it’s easy for us to get plenty of Vitamin D from all of our Florida Sunshine, there are less-sunny ways to increase your Vitamin D intake. Did you know that exercise helps increase your Vitamin D levels? And don’t forget about fatty fish! While farm-raised fish aren’t as high in Vitamin D, wild salmon has about 1000 IU per 3.5 ounces.
What are your tips for staying healthy during the winter months?
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