Three Easy Ways to Stay Healthy in the Winter Months

Its getting to be "that time of the year" again - and no, we are not just referring to Christmas sales and New Years plans, but time for the flu and cold season. It is more important than ever to stay healthy, so here are three easy tips to stay healthy in the winter months.

1. Wash your hands
- Now this might sound like something your mother would say but it is true! The single most effective way of staying healthy during the winter months is by washing your hands. Your hands are the #1 carrier of bacteria simply because you use them to touch everything. Just touching the door knob invites you to pick up the germs left behind by everyone else who has touched it. Then you rub your nose. You get the picture.

2. Eat Healthy - You are what you put into your body. Even the smallest diet changes can make a huge difference.
     - Including fish such as Salmon in your diet can reduce the risk of heart attack and chance of stroke.
     - Greek Yoguart is rich in calcium and immune-boosting bacteria. Greek Yoguart has double the protein of regular yoguart. Recommended use: A quick and easy snack or breakfast.
     - Beans! Beans are loaded with many essential nutrients - calcium, proten, potassium, and magnesium. They reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, colon and breast cancer. Recommended use: add beans to your baked potato, salad, or chili and hummus to your next sandwich.

3. Go to sleep! - Most people need 6-8 hours of sleep every night. Without sufficient sleep, your body is severely vulnerable to illness. Having a hard time sleeping? Cut out the sugar and caffeine hours before bed as the blood sugar spikes in the middle of the night can interrupt your sleep. A spritz of Lavendar can be a great sedative.

For more information on staying healthy, and businesses in the Meadville PA area that can help you stay healthy, check our Health & Wellness section!

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