How to gear up for winter season? Expert Tips by Preety Tyagi 

From keeping yourself warm to taking good care of your skin, here are a few tips on how to gear up for winter season?


1. Take Fish oil

Did you know that moisturising on the inside is just as important as moisturizing on the outside? Fish oil is a great source of omega-3s, which help to moisturize the skin and soothe inflammation. Plus, antioxidants like astaxanthin, which are found in krill oil, give your skin an extra layer of protection against the elements and free radical damage.


(Are you winter ready? )


2. Moisturize well

A rich moisturizer is a must for winter. Yes, you should up your game on your face but your hands also need some extra love. You should be washing them often to ward off cold and flu germs, but the combo of icy winds, dry air and over-washing can make skin parched to the point of cracking. Hence, a nice creamy moisturizer will help you to keep the skin all fresh, healthy and lovely.


3. Warm-up to work out

You should be doing warm-ups all year long, but it can be especially important in the winter. That’s because cold muscles are more likely to be strained or injured. Warm them up indoors with some dynamic movements (most trainers agree that static stretching isn’t helpful; you need to get the blood moving). Afterwards, when you head outdoors for some fresh air and exercise, your muscles will be pliable and ready for anything.


4. Pop some zinc

Vitamin C and Echinacea may have been getting all the hype, but it turns out that zinc is the supplement that delivers results when it comes to preventing colds. Taking 10 to 15 milligrams of zinc can help protect you from cold viruses, and the mineral could help when you’re already sick, too.


5. Spice up your dinner

We call spicy food “hot,” but it turns out that certain spices can warm you up from the inside out. When the temperature starts to drop, add ginger, cayenne or cinnamon to your food. These spices help increase circulation and warm you up, which is a great added benefit for foods that are already known for their antioxidant power. Plus, some spices can help with winter viruses. For example, ginger is known for soothing your stomach and easing breathing when flu season hits. 


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(Moisturize well)


6. Boost your humidity

Dry winter air leads to dry winter skin. Setting up a humidifier in your bedroom will help prevent precious moisture from evaporating from your skin, and that extra bit of humidity could also help protect you against colds. Some studies suggest that we’re more vulnerable to airborne viruses when the humidity is low, and adding a little extra moisture can help relieve things like sinus congestion, coughing and a dry or irritated throat. Aim for a humidity level of between 40 and 50 per cent. Overdoing it can lead to mould and respiratory problems.


(Soak up the sun)


7. Get vitamin D

Typically, you can head outdoors to get some free Vitamin D from the sunlight, but in the winter it can be hard to get enough, even if you do push yourself to head outdoors and brave the cold regularly. Taking a daily vitamin D supplement can have all kinds of benefits. In addition to boosting bone health and reducing your risk of all kinds of chronic diseases, the vitamin has been linked to improving your mood and immunity—two things that face great risks during the darkest, sickest months of the year.


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Preety Tyagi

Preety Tyagi, a holistic health coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, New York and founder of My22bmi, a digital platform for diet and nutrition planning.

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