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How to Stay Healthy During the New York Winter

Winter has officially arrived in the New York area, and we have the colds and fatigue to prove it!

Making sure your daily diet includes healthy amounts of vitamins can help to stave off winter ailments allowing you to feel energized even when the days are short.

According to the National Health Service, vitamin C can increase the health of cells, blood vessels, and bones, helping wounds to heal quickly, and keeping skin looking healthy. Bananas and orange juice are a good source for those that are looking to increase their intake. Too much vitamin C can be harmful, so it’s important not to overdo it.

Vitamin D helps boost the immune system and enables the body to absorb calcium, which promotes strong bones. It can be found in certain fish, as well as fortified milk and cereal. Vitamin D is also present in sunlight, so make sure to get outside when the sun is shining!

Vitamin B6 supports the nervous system and the immune system. A lack of this vitamin can contribute to depression and irritability. To beat the winter blues, increase your intake of bananas, tuna and salmon, chickpeas, whole grains, nuts, and poultry, beef, and pork.

Healthline suggests that Zinc can help you get a good night’s sleep and protect against winter illness. It can also lead to healthy skin. Zinc is plentiful in oysters, red meat, poultry, nuts, grains, and dairy products.

Omega-3 is great for keeping your skin moisturized during the harsher winter months.  This healthy fat can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and many other illnesses. The best source of omega-3 is fish.

Lastly, it is important to get enough iron. Iron increases your energy, as it helps maintain a healthy balance of oxygen in the blood. Iron can be found in meat, poultry, and fish, as well as eggs and legumes. It is also readily available in supplement form.

By eating well this winter and ensuring proper consumption of essential vitamins, you can can boost your chances of a having a healthier winter.



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