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Your winter wellness checklist

Your winter wellness checklist

Your winter wellness checklist

One of the biggest challenges of winter is staying healthy but with a lot of wellness and a bit of luck, it is possible to avoid the common cold or flu. We chat with a nutritionist who shares her top tips for staying healthy this winter.

Most of us don’t have access to our own nutritionist so Healthy Life’s Madeleine Memmolo shares her tried and trusted tips to stay healthy through the winter months.

  • Home hack: Garlic is a lifesaver and so underrated. I even chop it up raw and swallow it like a tablet. It has helped me so many times right when I know I am getting sick.
  • Vitamin C: Stocking up on vitamin C is a must. This doesn’t mean gulping down a large glass of orange juice. This means eating real fruit with all the fibre still intact. Did you know strawberries are even higher in vitamin C than oranges? The average Recommended Daily Intake is 45mg/day and per cup, strawberries contain 85mg of Vitamin C. Mangoes, papaya and capsicum are also high in vitamin C.
  • Good fats: Keep up the good healthy fats to ensure you’re absorbing the fat-soluble Vitamin E and Vitamin D. Vitamin E is a great antioxidant making it a strong fighter against infections. Foods high in vitamin E include nuts (especially almonds), sweet potato, spinach and avocado.
  • Vitamin Sun: Vitamin D is just as necessary in winter as summer so it’s important to make sure you’re at least getting some sun each day where possible. Vitamin D is a very important part of keeping the immune system boosted. Fatty fish, egg yolk and cod liver oil are good food sources of vitamin D.
  • Cosy up: Eat warming foods such as slow cooked stews, porridge, casseroles and soups for optimal health in winter.
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