Winter Vitamins: How to Keep Healthy During the Cold Season
One of the best things you can do to keep your body healthy year-round is to make sure you give it everything it needs to function. It's not always possible to get everything from food, although that is a good place to start, and you may need to supplement your diet with some extra vitamins during the winter months. Read on to find out more about the vitamins you need to stay healthy this winter.
Generally, we can get all the vitamin C we need from our diet, but if the winter months leave your diet lacking in certain nutrients, it may be worth considering some supplementation. Vitamin C is found in broccoli, citrus fruits, peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, blackcurrants and those winter favourites, Brussels sprouts!
In the shorter, darker days of winter, it is not always possible to get all the vitamin D you need from the sun, which generally keeps our levels stable during brighter months. Some food contains or is fortified with vitamin D, but most people will need to supplement to get the right amount during winter.
Although a multivitamin doesn't guarantee good health, it is an option if you are unable to get all the vitamins and minerals you need from your diet. However, if you feel unwell or unusually tired for any period of time, do seek medical advice rather than turning to supplements as a first port of call.
Other health tips for winter months
Covid may seem to be at bay for now, but it doesn't mean that the habits you learned during the thick of the pandemic can't continue as a first line of defence against winter viruses. Practice good hand hygiene and avoid contact with individuals who are sick, or avoid mixing with people if you feel unwell. Wear a mask in crowded public spaces, or in places where you will be in close proximity to people you don't know for any length of time.