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Winter Wellness

Five ways to beat the bugs and blues. By Liggy Webb

Winter is that time of year when we can fall into the trap of moaning about the weather and not getting enough fresh air and exercise because it’s cold outside.

Incredibly, 75 per cent of the European population worked outdoors 200 years ago, yet now only ten per work in natural outdoor light. No wonder then, that 12 million people across Northern Europe are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Making a conscious effort to really look after yourself in the winter will help you to feel healthier and happier. Here are 5 tips to help you:

1. Manage your personal stress
Stress is often cited as a nasty precursor to deflating your immune system and leaving you more vulnerable to sneaky viruses. If you are feeling run down and overstretched it is time to slow down, sharpen your stress management skills and strengthen your immunity.

2. Exercise and energise
Exercise is one of the best things you can do to keep your immune
system healthy. Wrap up warm and go for a lovely long walk. The cooler weather is great for invigorating and stimulating the senses. Buy a
pedometer to motivate yourself and aim to walk 10,000 steps a day.

3. Drink lots of water
Drinking lots of water may not be so appealing in the winter, yet it is one of the best things you can do to keep healthy, and is vital for all bodily functions. Water actually flushes bacteria out of your system, so keep a bottle with you to sip throughout the day.

4. Boost your vitamin C
Vitamin C is at the top of the list of natural immune system boosters, as proven by extensive research. Taking a vitamin C supplement during the winter is a good idea. Hot water infused with fresh lemon is also a great way to start the day and is a much healthier alternative to coffee.

5. Eat yourself healthy
You can really protect your immune system by eating healthily. Foods such as garlic, ginger, tomatoes and onions are all great for warding off colds.

Please follow @liggyw on Twitter for regular tips on wellbeing. Email: liggy@liggywebb.com