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The winter season is in full swing, and that means cold and flu season is all around us. It’s vital to keep healthy habits at the forefront of our minds to be proactive in keeping germs at bay.
What are some ways you proactively support your health, especially in the wintertime and the New Year?
Stay Active with your Family
Being active is very important to maintain a healthy body. I recently got a bike, and I like to go riding. My son and I are still learning this new skill, so it’s a fun way to stay active with my family. I also love to go for walks around the neighborhood, and we tend to do that together as well. Of course, we love going to the park with my little explorer, so that might be my favorite way we stay active as a family.
Eat nutritious meals
Getting proper nutrients to fuel our body is a wonderful way to keep our bodies healthy proactively. Making sure we have a balanced meal, lots of good vegetables and fruits, wholesome grains, and good fats. Winter is also a good time of year to remember to take our vitamins and supplements to help boost our immune system.
Take care of your gut and digestive health
Our digestive health is a huge part of our overall body’s defense system during the winter season. Taking care of our gut with a probiotic like Align Dualbiotic Gummy is an easy habit! These tasty gummies contain inulin (prebiotic fiber) to help nourish good bacteria in your digestive system. They also contain less than 1g of sugar.
Another super easy way to proactively support our digestive health (and more) is with Metamucil Premium Blend. It contains 100% natural psyllium fiber that helps promote digestive health and regularity, removing the waste that weighs us down. It is such a great way to feel lighter and less sluggish each day, helping us keep active and stay healthy this winter. Metamucil helps control our appetite and is sweetened with plant-based Stevia. Yum!
Drink plenty of water
Staying well hydrated is another fabulous way to help our body be healthy this winter season. I’ve often read it’s a great goal to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. At a minimum, experts recommend drinking 64 ounces of water a day. You can even use my handy habit tracker to help track your new water drinking habit.
Get enough rest
Moms, I get it. We don’t sleep enough. Having a little one often means years of sleep deprivation. I can’t tell you the last time I got a consistent 8 hours of sleep each night. However, we can try to do what we can to increase our total hours of rest, whether taking naps on weekends or leaving the dishes for another day and going to bed on time.
Wash your hands often
As a working mom, I come in contact with many surfaces all day. Elevators, door knobs, my child. You name it; it’s covered in germs. Washing my hands often is one way to keep the germs away and keep me well. I love the foaming action of this Dial Complete Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash. It’s gentle on my skin and gets rid of 99.99% of germs I come in contact with on a regular basis.
If you do get a cold, focus on finding relief
Sometimes despite your best efforts, the toddler sneezes in your face, and now you catch that cold, too. Well, as a mom, we don’t have time to be sick. So it is essential to focus on finding relief and getting back on our feet.
One way to do that is to circle back to the getting enough rest item above. Resting helps our bodies fight off illness while continuing to run ourselves to exhaustion can make us worse.
Fighting a cough is extremely unpleasant, so try this natural cough remedy to help you feel better. Also, a hot cup of herbal tea works wonders.
You can also reach for these Vicks VapoCool Drops to vaporize the worse of the sore throat pain with a cooling rush of relief.
You can grab all these fabulous items to support your health at your local Walmart, so stock up and be proactive with your health this winter season. How are you proactively taking care of your health?
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Adaeze @byDeze says
Great tips! The exercise one is a huge one for me! If I’m on it, my immune system is darn near impenetrable
Kristen Frolich says
This year has been awful around my area when it comes to getting sick. A wicked stomach virus flew throughout my office and eventually made its way to my house. These are great tips but I will be so happy when the winter is over!
Great tips all! This month, I am focusing on thinking more water and regularly. I got a fun reusable cup — Wonder Woman, complete with glitter — and I’m carrying it around from room to room. It’s helping me hydrate more.
Lindsay Brown says
I love your list of helpful tips. This can be such a difficult time of the year, I know my kiddos come home with colds every other day it seems! I will be sure to keep these suggestions in mind!
Stefani @ Natural Paleo Family says
So many good tips! Being active is so important in the winter, because we naturally just want to hibernate 🙂
Scott J DeNicola says
I’ve been reading a lot recently about the importance of gut health and how much of your body and illness and inflammation can be due to your gut. All very helpful tips! And washing your hands! Thank you for sharing
Trish Veltman says
Useful tips. My favourite go-to when I feel a cold coming is honey, lemon and ginger tea.
Getting enough sleep and water is always difficult for me. Especially trying to achieve both consistently. Seems like when I drink enough water, I’m not sleeping, or the other way around. Thanks for the great reminder on taking care of ourselves, especially during the winter when all the cold/flu bugs are busy making their rounds.
Shereen Rayle says
I love this post and these are all the same things I focus on when I travel, because you’re throwing yourself into a new routine, much like when we slow down during winter because it’s gross outside. I also suggest taking time to do something for yourself, because if I end up doing too much (or I’m generally lazy with my health), I get sick.
As a teacher, the Dial soap and hand sanitizer are my best friends. And yes, yes, yes, I am a probiotic skeptic turned believer!!! They helped me so much.
Those VapoCool drops are the best! I keep some in my teaching bag this time of year!