Staying Healthy this Winter
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
As we settle in for another cold winter, it’s important to stay healthy to avoid an unwanted visit to the doctor’s office or urgent care. Between getting too little sleep, eating unhealthy food, spending time in the cold, and high stress levels, it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself.
Here are some helpful reminders to stay healthy:
o Wash your hands frequently. Our hands come in contact with all sorts of undesirables, so stop the spread of germs by washing them well.
o Exercise. It’s easy to get out and be active during the summer, but don’t let the slight chill slow you down! Exercise will help your mood just as much as it helps your waistline.
o Get the flu shot. Even if you aren’t worried about the flu, getting the flu shot protects those around you. If you aren’t vaccinated, you could pass the flu on to others. Children and the elderly are especially susceptible.
o Boost your Vitamin D. Vitamin D is important to your overall health, impacting your immune system, heart and mental health. Because we absorb much of our Vitamin D from the sun, levels can get low during the winter. Even without supplements, you can raise your Vitamin D levels by eating fatty fish (like salmon), losing a few pounds, and exercising.
o Stay hydrated. It may not be as refreshing to drink a cold glass of water on a winter’s day as when it’s hot outside, but it’s still important. Staying hydrating helps your body fight off sickness. Fruit, vegetables and hot tea can help you hydrate when you’re bored with water.
o Engage your brain. Winter can take a toll on our mental health, but being social and trying new things can combat the winter blues.
o Get a good night sleep. Allowing yourself to rest is not only refreshing, it’s also an important part of caring for your immune system.
Of course, it’s important to listen to your body as well. If you’re feeling unwell, Doctors’ Urgent Care Offices has 9 locations in the Cincinnati, Dayton, Middletown, and Northern Kentucky areas to serve you. We offer walk in services 7 days a week, 363 days a year.