Health tips for the cold season
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Raise the roof on your Vitamin D

Raise your Vitamin D levels naturally by making healthy lifestyle changes such as: Losing 5% of your body weight, lower your cholesterol, exercise & eat more fatty fish (such as wild salmon).

Eat more plants

Plants are a big source of omega 3 fatty acids. Alpha-Linolenic (ALA) is found in many plants and plant-based cooking oils. Flaxseed (powder or oil), chia seed & walnuts are good sources of ALA as well. Omega-3 have anti-inflammatory effects & protect the skin.

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Fight Fatigue with Regular Exercise
Winter is a great time to experiment with new and different kinds of activity with the winter blues approaching you can start to feel fatigued more easily. Get involved in some kind of physical activity as often as possible and you?ll feel more energetic, ?ideally so you reach the recommended goal of?150 minutes of exercise a week. Exercise in the late afternoon may help to reduce early evening fatigue, and also improve your sleep.

For instance, if you?re not used to doing exercise, give Danceworks and one of the many classes on offer delivered by trained and experienced teachers a try. From Zumba, Street Dance, Martial Arts, Pilates and many more. Just go to?http://danceworks.net/classes?and have a look at all the classes and schedules.

Sleep Better

Eight hours of sleep for an adult can help keep the body?s immune system healthy to fight off colds. Try avoiding alcohol, caffeine & cigarettes as they can affect the quality of your sleep. Establishing a regular sleep routine may help promote improved sleep.

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Antioxidants

They help to keep us healthy by protecting the body?s cells from damage due to normal body functions and exposure to toxins and pollutants.

Antioxidants can be found in purple, blue & red fruit and vegetables such as red grapes, cherries, berries or pomegranates. ?Other types of antioxidants such as ?catechins or flavonols? can be found in dark chocolate, tea, apples, onions and broccoli. Herbal extracts such as olive leaf can help boost our defences, some scientists claim it has twice the antioxidant power of green tea!