At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 55
W I N T E R H E A LT H ▲
SHED SOME LIGHT
ON THE MATTER
disorder (SAD) affects millions of
people in the UK every year, leaving
them depressed and irritable, lacking
energy and craving carbs. Light
therapy has been proven to be an
effective treatment for SAD. For more
information and tips on buying a light
box, check out sad.org.uk.
During winter, your body
needs magnesium more
than ever. It can help boost energy
levels and aids sleep. It's also good
for metabolism and circulation. And,
vitally, it's linked to the production
of serotonin and melatonin, both of
which are important for preventing
SAD (see no 10).
If you're short of time and
find it hard to take on the
recommended five portions of fruit
and veg a day, it's time to get blending.
Soups made with protein-rich lentils
and beans, pumpkin, carrots and dark
green veggies such as spinach and
watercress are low in fat and high in
fibre, which makes them a great healthy
option. Flavour with immunityboosting ginger, turmeric and garlic.
There's a reason children
are traditionally given an
orange at Christmas - they are packed
full of vitamin C, which has long been
associated with boosting immunity and
fending off the common cold.
A bowl of hot porridge
is a wonderful winter
breakfast on a cold day. It's great
for providing slow-release energy
throughout the morning. Add
blueberries for vitamins and fibre, plus
nuts and seeds for a protein punch.
Lifting weights is a great way to boost
bone and muscle health, as well as
your metabolism. You can't train
the same way all year round so for
many sports, winter is for weights
while summer is for cardio.
DRY YOUR CLOTHES
ON THE LINE
scientists revealed that drying clothes
on the radiator can encourage the
growth of mould, which can cause
aspergillosis, a nasty fungal condition
that affects the respiratory system. >
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