Natural ways to stay healthy this winter

Need some help to curb the winter blues. Here are our top 5 winter health tips to keep you and your family healthier as the days get cooler.

1. Keep it spicy.
Onion, garlic, ginger and coriander are perfect items to add flavour to your dishes. Not only do they make food taste great, but they’re also shown to help improve your immune function.

2. Carb control.
During the cold weather, we crave carbs more than ever for comfort. To help reduce and control these cravings as well as provide the energy you need to get through the day, the best thing to do is to eat a high protein breakfast. Things like avocado on toast with a poached egg, egg white scramble, or even a protein pancake will keep you satisfied and help reduce the desire to eat carbs. Also, don’t forget to have low-fat snacks on hand for the afternoon hours when our energy can wilt.

3. Workout.
We know the weather makes you want to stay in bed but exercising through winter has been proven to strengthen your immune system, so it can fight off bacterial and viral infections.

4. Get as much sun as you can.
The sun can provide essential benefits like strong bones, boost your mood, naturally heat your body and support immunity. The cancer council says exposing your bare skin to sun delivers essential vitamin D, and the best time to do this is during winter when the suns UV rays are less harsh. During winter embrace the sun in the middle of the day to receive excellent all-around benefits.

5. Just add mushrooms.
Get more mushrooms into your diet in winter as many have naturally occurring antibiotics, which gives them medicinal properties. Grab some white button or shitake from the store and get cooking!