At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 56
▲ W I N T E R H E A LT H
Skiing is the perfect choice
for both body and soul. It's
aerobic, it works the core
muscles and tones your
bottom and legs - and it's
great for the soul to be
outdoors in the mountains.
DRINK GREEN TEA
A cup of green tea contains
catechins, which have
been found to have an antiviral effect,
according to Korean researchers.
GET A SLEEP
During the winter, our
sleep gets disrupted. Shorter, darker
days affect the body's ability to
produce the sleep-regulating hormone
melatonin and this upsets our body's
natural rhythms. Set your room
temperature just right, unplug
electronic devices and keep active in
the day to ensure a good night's sleep.
WALK TO WORK
Get outside to boost
your vitamin D (see
No. 9) and your mood, which can
lower on dark, grey, shorter days (see
No. 10). Walking is the easiest and
cheapest exercise to do, and can easily
become part of your daily commute.
regularly can help to
reduce the joint pain of arthritis, a
condition that gets worse in cold
and damp weather. And the gentle
discipline is the perfect antidote to the
feelings of low mood associated with
winter and SAD (see No. 10).
A review from the
Cochrane Collaboration found that
when zinc is taken at the first sign of
a cold, the length of the illness is
reduced by about one day.
KEEP YOUR FEET
WARM AND DRY
A study by researchers
at Cardiff University compared the
likelihood of catching a common cold
in two groups of students - one group
sat with their feet in cold water for 20
minutes, while the other group kept
their feet dry. Those with the wet feet
were more likely to catch a cold.
Choose recipes that
contain garlic, ginger, turmeric and
zinc-rich foods, such as oysters,
beef, lamb, pork, chicken, spinach,
pumpkin seeds, nuts, dark chocolate,
beans and mushrooms, to give your
immune system the best chance.
GET THE JAB
The flu jab is free for
anyone over 18, but is
especially good for those over 65 and
pregnant women, for whom flu can
lead to complications and more
serious conditions. Ask your GP.
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