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5 tips to stay healthy this winter

With the colder weather on its way (or already arriving in some places!), I thought it was a good time to share some tips with you about staying healthy through the winter months.

1. Avoid too much ‘comfort food’!
It’s always tempting in winter to over-indulge in big, hearty meals or sweet snacks. Having ‘comfort food’ every now and then is fine, but it’s far better for your immune system to add as many vegetables and fruits to your diet as you can. Vegetable or vegetable-based soups are great.

2. Get out and about.
When it’s cold and wet, it can be hard to find the motivation to go and do things. A good dose of winter sun does wonders for the mind (and as I’ve said before, a positive attitude is one of the most powerful ‘drugs’ there is), as does catching up with friends or seeing a show or a movie.

3. Drink plenty of water.
Staying well hydrated helps your body stay healthy. A great way to keep your fluid intake up in winter is to drink herbal teas or eat soups. They not only help you stay warm, many of them can also boost your immune system.

4. Get plenty of exercise.
Once again, staying motivated to do exercise during winter can be hard, but it is a very important part of our overall health and helps you stay warm. If getting out is just too hard, there are lots of things you can do indoors.

5. Remember prevention is better than cure.
Apart from paying attention to diet and exercise, having regular check-ups is one of the easiest ways to stay healthy. Winter is a good time to have your hearing, eyesight and general health checked so you can address any problems before they get too serious.

Yours in good health,

Dr Ross Walker MB, BS (HONS), FRACP
Preventive Health Specialist

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