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How to stay well this Christmas

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Over the festive period we want to help you to stay as well as possible. The things we eat and do can help our body fight off colds and other illnesses. But it’s not just our physical health which can be affected with the changing seasons, it’s important to look after your mental health too. So, read on for our Christmas health tips.

Keep coughs, colds and flu at bay

Don’t let a fever or runny nose ruin your Christmas. Keep yourself and those around you cold and flu free. There’s lots of things you can do to support your body’s natural defences throughout the winter months.

Ways to help your immune system:

Making time to look after yourself during the busy Christmas period is important. Making sure you’re feeling as well as possible will allow you to take care of loved ones and enjoy the festivities.

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Boost your immunity with vitamins

Help your immune system fight off viruses this winter with a range of vitamins and supplements. When you eat a varied and balanced diet you should be able to get all the vitamins you need from your food. Sometimes this isn’t always possible and that’s where supplements can help.

Winter health vitamins include:

  • Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin. During the winter months the NHS recommend that adults take 10mcg of vitamin D a day to help support healthy bones and muscles.
  • Vitamin C – helps to support a healthy immune system. Adults aged 19-64 need 40mg a day which can be found in citrus fruit and supplements.
  • Vitamin A – helps your immune system fight illness and infection.

If you’re not sure which vitamins are right for you speak to a pharmacist and remember to always read the label. Or discover the 13 essential vitamins your body needs and their functions. 

Struggling to get to sleep?

We all know how important sleep is for our wellbeing, but sometimes it feels like we just can’t get enough.

There are plenty of products and lifestyle changes you can try including:

  • Sleep support CBD enriched with chamomile to support relaxation and healthy sleep
  • Back rescue night containing flower essences to encourage a restful night’s sleep
  • Having a bath before bed and unwinding with some music
  • Cutting down on caffeine

For more relaxing tips read our sleep guide for ways to help you catch those ZZZs.

Bring in the sunshine

During the winter months a SAD lamp can be a helpful companion for the dark mornings and evenings. These lights imitate the sun’s rays, allowing us to get the light we’re missing when the clocks change.

If stress or worries are affecting your mental health over Christmas, remember to talk to those around you, a problem shared is a problem halved as they say. If you’re regularly experiencing low mood, and find it’s affecting your sleep and daily life it’s best to talk to your GP.

Don’t let joint pain stop you moving

If you live with joint pain, you’ll know that the cold can make it feel worse. It’s good to plan ahead for the cold weather by:

  • Making sure you have the medication you need and getting your prescription delivered
  • Trying drug-free pain relief alongside your medication, including Flexiseq or a TENS machine
  • Staying active at home, which could include exercises from your chair
  • Sitting near a heater or filling a hot water bottle
  • Wearing lots of layers

Read our joint pain guide for more tips on how to relieve joint pain all year round.

Men’s winter health

The winter can bring change into everyone’s lives, from Christmas stresses to harsh weather conditions. It’s a time to take care of yourself and upgrade your self-care routine with hydrating skincare. Moisturise and protect skin while shaving with after-shave balms and shaving gel.

The pressures of the festive season can feel a little too much sometimes. If you’re noticing that your worries are having a negative effect on your mood and sex life, our Online Doctor service could help.

Women’s winter health

During Christmas and the winter months, we might just feel like hibernating. Help keep energy levels topped up with vitamin B12 by eating meat, dairy and eggs. This vitamin helps support your blood and your body to get energy from the foods you eat. Alongside iron, it’s an essential vitamin if you have periods as well.

If you’re planning a Christmas staycation or celebration you may not want your period to make an appearance. Our Online Doctor service can help with period delay treatments. So, you can enjoy Christmas with one less thing to worry about.

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References

www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d
https://patient.info/news-and-features/how-to-get-vitamin-ready-for-winter
www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-c/
www.rotherhamhospital.nhs.uk/News/Current/Can_foods_boost_your_immune_system_/

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