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10 Tips to Keep Healthy this Winter

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Many people stop exercising and turn to comfort food high in sugar, fat or carbohydrates as winter approaches.

To stay healthy, follow these 10 expert tips from Teresa Boyce, nutritionist at The Health Whisperer, and Nicola Rosenthal, Catholic Healthcare’s Regional Manager for Home and Community Services.

  1. Eat plenty of vegetables and lean meat: Use them to make warm winter salads or soups and stews.
  2. Pick foods that boost your immune system: These include brightly coloured vegetables such as pumpkin, red and yellow capsicum, carrot and sweet potato.  
  3. Stay hydrated: Try herbal teas if you find it difficult to drink enough water.
  4. Keep exercising: A lunchtime walk can help you meet your exercise goals whilst providing vitamin D from the sun.
  5. Get vaccinated against the flu and ask your doctor about a pneumonia vaccination: Flu vaccines are generally given around late autumn and the start of winter to give you protection over the flu season.
  6. Protect yourself from illness: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
  7. Get enough sleep: This can boost your immune system and is good for mental health.
  8. Ask a health professional about food supplements and vitamins: Your body may need a little extra help.
  9. Keep in touch with friends, family and the community. Socialising is good for mental health: If it’s difficult to travel to see loved ones, keep in touch by phone.
  10. Visit your GP for a checkup: Also, ask your GP or pharmacist to review your medications.

Find out what services we offer to help prepare you for the colder months. Contact us on 1800 225 474