How to avoid feeling run down during winter!

As much as we say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be the most exhausting time of the year. There’s nothing worse than having no energy, feeling permanently tired and catching every bug on the planet but what do you expect when you’re burning the candle at both ends over the festive period? There are many reasons why you are prone to getting sick and tired over winter but here are a few tips to get you back on track for 2019!

The importance of sleep should never be underestimated and it is incredibly important for your health. Sleep is essential and is just as important as eating and drinking healthily for maintaining good mental and physical health. Whilst you sleep your body begins to repair itself from the days activities, healing damaged cells, boosting your immune system and recharging your heart and cardiovascular system for the next day! Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night and you will be surprised at how much better you feel. Getting a good night’s sleep can enhance your memory and problem-solving skills, it can help you maintain a healthy weight and it helps you to stay motivated and alert. 

There are many foods you probably didn’t realise were so nutritious that you need to include in your diet to provide yourself with essential vitamins and minerals. Eating well will keep you feeling your best all winter and here are a few different foods you should definitely eat more of:

#1 Garlic

Garlic has many superpowers including the ability to reduce your blood pressure and cholesterol. It also provides the body with antibacterial properties which aid our white blood cells, increasing the chance of beating winter germs during the busy festive period.

#2 Ginger

This is another food that is renowned for its medicinal properties, it warms our blood which then increases circulation and pushes toxins and viruses out of our system.

#3 Green Leafy Vegetables

Eating your greens is also vital for keeping your magnesium levels up as this is a common deficiency within British diets and can result in tiredness. The greener the fruit or vegetable, the more magnesium in it!

#4 Fruit

Vitamin C is vital for maintaining a good level of immunity to fight off bugs and colds, get your daily dose from fruits like oranges, kiwis and pomegranates. Most importantly make sure your diet is well balanced, try your best to include 5 a day and drink lots of water.

When you’re feeling tired and rundown the last thing on your mind will be exercising, but actually physical activity has been proven to boost energy levels. Get outside, get some fresh air and get your blood pumping, it’ll do wonders for your mood. Even a leisurely 15 minute walk could give you an energy boost when you’re feeling really run down!

So there we are, a few simple tips that could help you get back on the road to recovery in no time at all. Just remember; sleep well, eat well, drink lots and exercise often!

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