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26 October 2013

How To Keep Your Family Healthy This Winter

With winter just around the corner, I thought now would be the perfect time to share my top three family health tips. Here’s how you can fend of those winter bugs, blues and sniffles.

Create your own pharmacy!

When one of us gets sick, it’s only a matter of time before the whole house is coughing and sneezing. I’ve learnt from experience that a full medicine cabinet is vital during the winter. I’m not a fan of nipping out to the chemist when I’m ill – especially when there are sub-zero temperatures outside!

I’d recommend that you keep your house well stocked with painkillers, cough syrups, antihistamines and congestion tablets. Nipping those nasty germs in the bud early is a great way to remain healthy this winter.

If I’m honest, it can sometimes be a struggle to prepare balanced, nutritious meals every single night. I like to stay stocked up on these fish oil supplements from Pharma Nord to complement my diet.

Finding a good source of vitamin D in winter is also very difficult. Since I can’t rely on the sun to provide my daily dosage, I sometimes use Vitamin D supplements during the colder months. To maximise your intake, I’d also recommend incorporating oily fish like salmon and mackerel into your meals. The kids may turn their noses up at it, but it’s worth a try. Read my recipe and instructions on how to create your own salmon and gnocchi bake.

Keep the healthy diet rolling

I’ve always considered myself quite good when it comes to healthy eating, but I always slip up at Christmas. When it’s miserable outside and the rain is pelting against the windows, I’m sure we’re all guilty of turning to comfort food a little too often than we should.

Instead of a hot chocolate, why not go for a warm glass of milk? Dairy products are great for keeping bones strong and our immune systems in good condition. 

Your five-a-day is just as important now as it was during the summer. Keep a food diary if you have to, so you can track your improvement day by day. Get creative and incorporate more vegetables into your meals. Carrots, parsnips, turnips and lentils make for a great winter soups. 

The NHS has a great guide on how your family can improve their diet, if you’d like further advice.

Wrap up

Come hell or high water, your kids will still want to play outside – especially once it starts to snow. I don’t let them take one step out the house unless they’re suitably wrapped up. 

Send your children to school with a thick coat, gloves, hat and scarf. They are usually made to take their breaks outside, so you’ll have the peace of mind that they are going to be warm.

This helpful guide I found on Wiki How has some great ideas on how to keep your children warm.

What tips do you have for keeping healthy this winter?

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1 comment

  1. some good tips, i always keep a well stocked medicine cabinet in winter


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