Winter is upon us...oh yes, the bitter cold winds, shoveling of driveways and cozy movie nights with a hot cocoa in hand. Winter time is also associated with colds and flu, dry skin, and sedentary lifestyles. Instead of hibernating inside all winter, be productive in maintaining your health and well being. Here's some tips from my favorite experts on winter health care.
- Winter Skin Care: The cold air and indoor heating dry out our skin, so daily moisturizing is key. Make sure to also use a facial moisturizer with broad spectrum sun protection. According to Dr. Cynthia Baily, winter is not the time to put away sun screen. In order to prevent skin aging and irregular pigment, you need broad spectrum sun protection all year long. Read more....
- Exercise: Don't let winter squash your exercise routine. Short days and long nights coupled with the cold makes maintaining an exercise regime difficult. WebMD has some great type to keeping a workout routine in the winter. Read more....
- Nutrition: There is never a time in the year where nutrition should be compromised. Your immune system stays in shape when you eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins. Nothing beats a hot vegetable stew, oatmeal with fresh fruit or a traditional pot roast. Check out EatingWell's top five healthiest winter foods.
- Stay Hydrated: The Institute of Medicine now recommends that women get 91 ounces and men get 125 ounces of fluid daily. These are TOTAL fluid recommendations, including all foods and beverages (even caffeinated ones). About 80 percent of this should come from drinking water. If drinking plain water is unappealing, add citrus fruits to hot water or drink decaf hot tea.
- Wash your hands: Don't forget to wash your hands every couple of hours. This includes before and after using the bathroom, as soon as you get home, before and after the gym, and after using electronic devises that have been used by others.
Today's Top Life Extension Blogs:
- James Hamblin: Senior editor at The Atlantic. Hamblin writes about a variety of health topics.
- NPRs The Salt: The Salt is a blog that covers almost everything related to eating.
- Precision Nutrition: Eating doesn't need to be complicated and it is personal. This blog is dedicated to research driven nutrition counseling.
- Black Girls Run: Tailored to African American women and covers nutrition, fitness, beauty and fashion.
- The Family Herbalist: Natalie Vickery is an Herbalist, Author and Educator with a degree in Natural Health Studies and Naturopathy.
- Dr. Andrew Weil's Natural Health Tips: Offers simple, actionable, daily advice for maintaining optimal health.
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