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Winter can mean a lot of things, colder weather, shorter days, less sunlight, heavier food- all of these things bring about health changes.

So while the seasons change, here are a few tips for staying healthier during a time when many experience a decline in good health.



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Eating healthier during the winter months will ensure that winter eating doesn't stack on the kilos. Image courtesy of James Farmer/sxc.hu


Keeping the winter weight away

The winter just wouldn't be the same without the comfort food. Breads, pastas, casseroles, and heavier foods mean that on average, it's easier to add up the calories. That's why on average, people tend to gain weight in winter.

There are ways to avoid this weighty dilemma by serving highly nutritious, tasty food even when temperatures plunge below freezing. Helpful tips include:

Eat enough fiber, especially in the form of fruits and vegetables.

Serve fruits and vegetables that are in-season; they will taste much better than out-of-season produce.

Substitute high-fiber sweet potatoes for high-carbohydrate potatoes.

Use a variety of healthy fats in recipes.

Use applesauce in place of butter or oil in cakes.

Rely on seasonings and herbs rather than fat for making food tasty.

Hygiene

Additionally, when trying to keep bad germs at bay as the cold and flu season arrives, something so simple can make a huge difference - hand washing.



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Simply washing your hands frequently can make a big difference in keeping yourself healthy during the winter cold and flu season. Image courtesy of Lance Hancock/sxc.hu.


Experts increasingly believe hand washing to be the most important element of germ control and disease prevention.

Cold and flu viruses are more likely to permeate the immune system when the weather turns bitter. There are precautions that everyone can take to avoid catching a virus and/or spreading one to others.

Do you know that there is a correct way to wash one's hands?

If you are using soap and warm water: rub your hands together hard for at least 15 seconds and sing a song such as 'Happy Birthday' which will be roughly that length.

Make sure you wash areas that frequently get missed: the backs of the hands, between the fingers, the thumbs and the fingernails.

Use a paper towel to turn off the water - if you use your bare hand, it will be re-contaminated.



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Using hand sanitiser is a great way to ensure that winter cold and flu germs don't spread. Image courtesy of Kenn Kiser/sxc.hu


If you are using waterless soap or a natural hand sanitiser:

Make sure it contains at least 70 per cent alcohol.

Rub the solution into every area of your hands until they are completely dry.

Follow these simple steps to help ensure this winter you'll be a healthier you.

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