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Staying active, keeping warm and eating nutritious food will boost your immunity.

Winter is often a welcome change in Western Australia after our long, hot summers.

But while we live in a temperate climate, winter in most parts means significant drops in temperatures, greater rainfall and storms.

Several health conditions are specifically associated with the climatic conditions during our coldest season.

Colds and influenza are particularly common in winter.

More than 200 viruses cause the common cold. No treatment will cure a cold, or make it go away more quickly, but if you get plenty of rest and stay hydrated you can expect to recover quicker.

The Flu is caused by a different group of viruses and is a far more severe health condition than the common Cold

Antibiotics are not a suitable treatment for colds or influenza because antibiotics target bacteria, not viruses.

 

Take steps to protect yourself this season:

  • get immunised against influenza

  • cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use your inner elbow

  • throw tissues in the bin after you use them

  • wash your hands often with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitisers, especially after you cough or sneeze

  • clean surfaces and objects such as doorknobs, keyboards, phones and toys regularly

  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth – germs spread this way

  • try to avoid close contact with people who have an influenza-like illness.

 

Eat Nutritious Foods

Eating food high in nutritional value will feed your body the vitamins.

While, it may be tempting to eat more food in winter,

it is better to eat a well-balanced diet throughout the year.

Try to include foods in your diet that are:

  • high in antioxidants, protein and fibre

  • high in vitamins B, C, D and E

  • low in sugars and fats.

Drink Plenty of Water

It’s also important to hydrate yourself by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

In summer, the hot weather reminds us that we are thirsty. It is very easy to neglect hydration when the weather becomes cooler because we think our body doesn’t need as much water.

Skin problems, like eczema, also become more common in the winter because of the change in temperature, blustery weather and indoor heating can dry out our skin

Keeping your body well hydrated will help to keep your skin healthy, flush out toxins and ward off any winter bugs.

 

Keep yourself Active

It’s common to feel less motivated during the Cooler winter months and even getting out of bed can sometimes feel like a chore.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a condition associated with winter, and can be offset by keeping active and maintaining regular contact with others.

Try to get into a routine of getting out and doing some exercise daily, whether it is walking up the stairs instead of taking the lift or escalator instead swap your normal routine by go for a daily walk.

https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/S_T/Staying-healthy-in-winter

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