1st Contact Travel Clinic offers some advice for staying warm during the upcoming UK winter.
A strong immune system and healthy body does wonders to keep you warm during the cold winter months. If you haven’t had the flu jab yet this season, pop into the 1st Contact Travel Clinic soon and get yours with their £15 Flu Jab Offer. If you’re a smoker, now is the time to stop! Not only will the ban drive you into the cold for your fix, but your immune system is also affected by your smoking. Try to eat 5 fresh fruit or vegetables daily and avoid cold convenience food! Exercise has many health benefits and helps to increase your body temperature. Even a quick walk or 20 minutes of cycling will do wonders for you…
Wearing several thin layers keeps you insulated far better than one or two bulky items. Thermal underwear also helps, as do two pairs of wool socks or a pair of thick pantyhose. A lot of heat tends to escape through the head, which is why a beanie or warm hat is a good idea… Scarves, gloves and a good pair of warm insulated boots are also essential.
3:EAT HOT FOOD
Warm meals like stews, curries and soups will help to increase your internal temperature, as will warm drinks like coffee, tea and hot malt drinks. Green tea with a bit of fresh ginger and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice will not only keep you warm, it will also boost your immune system.
4:WARM YOUR HOME
- Try to keep your main living room at around 18-21 degrees and the rest of the house at around 16 degrees.
- Insulate your home properly! One way is by fitting aluminium foil behind your radiators and cling film to your windows. – Make sure all wall cavities are insulated and ensure that no cold draughts can enter through gaps under your doors by placing a towel across the bottom of the door. Insulate your hot water cylinder and pipes.
- Keep unused rooms closed to allow heat to be contained in areas you are using.
- Anthrax will ensure maximum heat from your fireplace for longer. If you are not using your fireplace, insulate it with plastic sheeting so that the cold doesn’t come in through the fireplace.
- If you are baking or roasting in your oven, leave the oven door open afterwards, to add a little warmth to your kitchen.
- If you are older than 60, disabled or on a low income you may be able to get financial help with heating your home, or benefits for making home improvements like adding insulation. Check if you are eligible for government heating support, by visiting the following link: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/HomeAndCommunity/InYourHome/SupportAtHome/DG_10026850
If using an electric blanket, have it checked regularly to ensure it’s not faulty and dangerous! Switch it on half an hour before you get into bed, take a hot water bottle to bed with you and switch the blanket off! If you don’t have an electric blanket, invest in a big hot water bottle and let it warm your sheets for half an hour before you go to bed.
We hope you find these tips useful and that you stay warm and healthy during the winter months.
For health advice, flu jabs, travel vaccinations and more, visit the 1st Contact London Travel Clinic at Castlewood House, 77-91 New Oxford Street, or call 0808 141 5506 (UK Free call) for more information about any of our services.