Health Ministry News – Winter Wellness: Tips for Getting through the Winter Months

If you aren’t a snowbird, then these tips are for you.
Get Outside Often: Choose a day when the sky is blue and clear or it’s not raining. Dress warmly, and step out and feel that winter sunshine. You will feel much better for it.
Keep up the Exercise: Choose a gym that is close to your home or work, or find a local fitness group that fits with your life. Schedule your workout like and appointment. Download a mobile app such as Fitness Buddy to chart your fitness.
Make the Most of Nutritious Winter Fruits and Vegetables: Keep carbohydrate foods like white bread and pasta to a minimum and fill your plate with dark leafy greens, winter squash, citrus and pomegranate.
Protect Your Skin from the Inside-Out and Outside in: Cold dry air quickly sucks moisture from our skin. Keep moisture locked into your skin with a heavy, oil-based moisturizer. Apply after bathing or showering. Drink plenty of water and eat foods like berries which are high in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and consider using a humidifier to help add moisture to the air.
Watch Your Vitamin D Levels: D is made after exposure to the sun, so it is not uncommon to become deficient during the winter months. Vitamin D also helps ensure that our bodies absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus for building bone. Ask your Doctor about a blood test for Vitamin D levels. If you are low, you may benefit from daily Vitamin D supplements.