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Four healthy habits you shouldn't let slide in the winter
Sip plenty of water: You probably drink plenty of water when the weather is hot, but what about when the weather changes? Though colder temps may mean you sweat less, your body still needs adequate hydration to stay healthy and to keep your skin from becoming too dry. Hot cocoa, teas, and other cozy beverages will provide some of your daily water needs, but you'll still want to have a bottle or glass handy.
Wear sunscreen: It's another habit that simply seems more natural in June than January. Thing is, the sun on a bright winter's day can be just as damaging to your skin. Not to mention all of the light that reflects off of the ice and snow. Since skin tends to dry in the winter, wear a daily moisturizer containing a minimum of SPF 15.
Don't forget your sunglasses: You'd wear sunglasses while strolling on a sunny beach, right? So why not when you're walking in a winter whiteout? Snow actually reflects much more UV light than dry sand. And the harm those rays can do to our eyes remains the same no matter what the temperature. So don't pack away those sunglasses with your swimsuits and beach towels!
Get your daily dose of vitamin D: Sunshine wanes in the winter, as the days grow shorter and shorter and we head into hibernation mode. Less time with the sun on our skin deprives of us of one of the best, most natural sources of vitamin D (10 minutes in the sun is thought to provide enough to meet your daily needs). Vitamin D helps our bodies absorb calcium to maintain healthy bones. Find vitamin D in foods like eggs and milk, and fatty fish like salmon. Or you can take a supplement containing 600 IU (international units) to 1000 IU of vitamin D if you are under 70, or 800 IU to 1000 IU if you are over 70. Ask your doctor or pharmacist what strength supplement you'll need.
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