8 Tips on Staying Healthy This Winter

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  1. Get plenty of exercise and sun exposure. Staying active and being in the sun during the cold Winter months can keep your mood up and help prevent mood swings
  2. Use sunscreen. Even though it is winter and it may be overcast, raining or snowing you are still being exposed to harmful rays and can end up with a sunburn
  3. Stay hydrated. It is recommended that you drink half your body weight in ounces daily. Example if you weigh 100lbs then you should drink 50oz of water daily
  4. Eat plenty of food. Food gives your body the energy and nutrients that it needs to stay healthy and function properly. Remember that fiber helps reduce inflammation and strengthens the immune system by increasing anti-inflammatory proteins. Examples of foods with fiber are oats, apples, and nuts
  5. Always wash your hands before eating and after going to the bathroom. This will help prevent bacteria and germs transferring to food while eating which will lead to illness
  6. Buy a new toothbrush after having a cold, flu or another illness. Bacteria can live and grow on your toothbrush and can lead to re-infection if not replaced after an illness
  7. Keep your skin moisturized. Be sure to use a good moisturizing body over your entire body daily paying special attention to your feet. When your skin gets dry and cracks it can become very painful and can become infected
  8. Stay warm. Dressing appropriately for the weather is very important. Layering your clothing from thin to thick on both your upper and lower body, thick warm socks, insulated shoes, scarves, gloves, hats and warm coats should always be worn while being outside exposed to the cold winter temperature

If you experience any foot or ankle issues or concerns you should call Dr. Hollander, D.P.M., 707-578-1222, immediately for an evaluation and to begin treatment.

 

Jessica P.M.A.