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Do you get the winter blues? 10 - 20% of people find themselves with some form of seasonal depression. Low moods aside, it can simply be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the winter due to cold and just plain lack of motivation. If you're at all worried about winter and the challenges it may bring, read on for some tips and tricks for optimal health during the winter months.
Give yourself a boost with foods that'll keep your immune system healthy! Citrus fruits, garlic, green tea, shellfish, ginger, tumeric, and spinach and other leafy greens are all great ingredients to incorporate into your meals. These foods are proven to boost your immune system and help you fight off colds, flus, and other illnesses. Furthermore, they'll give you the vitamins and minerals you need to thrive.
It seems like common sense, but try to wash your hands more often during the winter months. Colds, flus, and other illnesses circulate and spread during the winter. Even if you don't feel like you "need" to wash your hands, dip into a washroom or anywhere there's a sink to give them a scrub. This will ensure you're not carrying germs.
Sleeping seven hours a night is always recommended, but it's especially critical during the winter months when moods can be low and immune systems can be compromised. Make sure you get lots of sleep to allow your system to reset your immunity and you'll be able to fight off illness and seasonal depression much easier.