The winter is one of the hardest times of the year to remain healthy. The constant temperature shifts you experience going inside and outside can easily cause colds and the heat of indoors can dry out your throat. If you get especially unlucky, you can even catch the flu! Staying away from social situations with contagious people is almost impossible, especially since grocery stores and shopping areas are some of the most germ-infested areas. Instead of isolating yourself all winter long, why not boost your immune system to rise above the germs that come with the cold! If you are looking for a great gym to get out all that winter energy and to strengthen your immune system, come into your local Five Seasons Family Sports Club today!
The food that you put into your body directly fuels your energy and ability to fight off potential diseases. Fast food and fattening food options trick our bodies into thinking that we are receiving nutrition when in reality we are just filling our stomachs with little to no nutrition. So what foods can help you stay strong through the winter?
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are usually found in foods like fish, seeds, and nuts. This elusive nutrient is a natural anti-inflammatory that can help greatly reduce joint pain and stiffness. This makes things much easier on your joints through the cold of winter. Not only do omega 3 fatty acids help with joint pain, they actually help lower levels of depression, which can commonly occur in the grey weather of winter. You can easily get enough omega 3 fatty acids to make a difference by adding in a salmon night into your weekly dinner cycle!
Mushrooms are a bit of a wonder food. Since they are a fungus and not a vegetable, they have unique health benefits that rarely occur in other foods. Many kinds of mushrooms have naturally occurring antibiotics in them that can actively help fight off illnesses. These little fungi are quick and easy to integrate into a delicious dinner of chicken, fish, or even a vegetable stir-fry.
Green and Orange Vegetables
During the winter, many dark green and orange vegetables are in season. When you are at the store, pick up some spinach, kale, squash, carrots, and oranges to help get the nutrition you need. By eating in season, you will gain a lot more nutritional value than eating fruits and vegetables that have been shipped or frozen.
Diet is extremely important to your overall health, but the only way to achieve your health goals is by pairing diet with exercise. By creating a strong and balanced exercise plan, you can boost your immune system as well as your overall mental health. Don’t let the winter rut bring you down this year. Rise above it all and stay healthy this year with the help of your friends here at Five Seasons Family Sports Club!