Our guide to the ways winter can affect our bodies (and how you can tackle them EVEN in lockdown!)

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Winter is definitely here.

The temperature has dropped, the days are dark and to top it all off we’re in the middle of another lockdown. Christmas might be on the way but let’s face it, this year it’s feeling like a bit of a slog…

It’s no wonder we’re feeling a bit down in the dumps

Not to mention the fact that at this time of year our hair and complexions always seem to go from glowing to ghastly (dry, flaky skin anyone?).

But from immunity to energy, did you know that winter can have a whole range of effects on our bodies?  

So now is definitely the time to get on top of our health and wellbeing, especially as we cope with the disruption of the pandemic.

From immunity to energy, did you know that winter can have a whole range of effects on our bodies?

From immunity to energy, did you know that winter can have a whole range of effects on our bodies?

And one of the easiest ways is to add a multi-nutrient to our daily routines, so we can be confident our bodies are getting all the sustenance they need to function at their best. 

"I take the Gold Ultimate Everyday Capsules daily," says Gabriela.

“I take the Gold Ultimate Everyday Capsules daily,” says Gabriela.

Keeping things simple is at the heart of GP Nutrition’s range of pre-packed daily vitamins and minerals and why Gabriela Peacock, a Nutritional Therapist loved by the A-list, specifically created GP Gold, her ultimate everyday supplement.

“I take the Gold Ultimate Everyday Capsules daily,” she says. “Particularly at this time of year; the colder weather starts to take its toll on my skin and then there’s the seasonal sniffles, so making sure I’ve got my daily essentials covered is key.” 

Read on to find out how it could be the game changer you’re looking for AND how it could help with some of the side effects of the coldest time of the year. 

7 side effects of winter 

There are many wonderful things about winter. Who doesn’t love twinkly fairy lights, cosy knitwear, comforting hot chocolates and snowball fights? But it does come with a few downsides too. 

Here are just 7 ways this season might be affecting you. And some of them might surprise you!

1. Dehydration

It's just as important to stay hydrated in winter as it is during the summer

It’s just as important to stay hydrated in winter as it is during the summer

During the summer, we’re always being reminded to stay hydrated.

We carry water bottles around with us and make sure we get our two litres a day in a bid to stave off dehydration.

And to be honest, when it’s boiling hot and we’re perspiring every time we move, it’s not hard to remember to keep our intake of H2O high.

But did you know you can STILL get dehydrated in winter? As we shiver in the cold it can be hard to believe, so it’s likely we don’t make the effort to drink more water.

“Even when the weather is colder it’s so important to stay hydrated,” says Gabriela. “Your skin will definitely thank you as the cold weather can really dry it out.”  

Luckily this is one side effect that’s easy to fix. Simply up your fluid intake to summer levels.

If the idea of chilled, icy drinks on a freezing winter’s day isn’t tempting, then why not stay toasty with some delicious herb and fruit teas instead? 

“At this time of year I love getting creative with herbal infusions to help keep me hydrated;” agrees Gabriela. “Try adding fresh mint leaves to hot water or a chunk of ginger and a squeeze of lemon, hot water with lime in is also really refreshing first thing in the morning.” 

2. Lack of energy

Getting up in the dark is something we all struggle with at this time of year

Getting up in the dark is something we all struggle with at this time of year

You know how it is at this time of year; dragging yourself out of bed in the morning when it’s still dark is horrendous.  

But you’re not alone. Many of us feel extra tired and sluggish during the winter months.

As the days get shorter our sleep and waking cycles can be disrupted and with less exposure to sunlight, our brains produce more melatonin, a hormone which helps to make us feel sleepy.

But sleeping more is not the solution and can often just make us feel worse. So let in some natural daylight as soon as you can and try to get outside during the day too. 

And try to avoid pepping yourself up with too much caffeine. Instead, ensure your vitamin and mineral intake is at optimum levels by taking a supplement like GP Gold.

GP Gold is packed with easily absorbed nutrients* and contains a bespoke Vitamin B complex (including B1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 12) which contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.

So, why not give it a try and you could be springing out of bed, full of energy on winter mornings!

3. Tight muscles

Continuing to exercise is important but don't forget to stretch before and after working out

Continuing to exercise is important but don’t forget to stretch before and after working out 

We all know how important exercise is.

And with lockdown upon us, we’re even more keen to keep our fitness regimes going in whatever way we can; although dark mornings and dropping temperatures make actually getting on with it more difficult than in the summer.

But from chilly runs in the open air to online workouts in our living rooms, we’ll be keeping our bodies moving to ensure we’re as healthy as possible.

You may have noticed, however, that you don’t feel as supple as normal. You feel stiff in the mornings and it can take longer than usual to loosen up.

Don’t worry, it’s not just you getting old! Even the bendiest of yoga bunnies will be struggling to touch their toes right now. 

It’s simply because colder weather can make our muscles tighten up, but tight muscles can mean an increased risk of injury. So it’s even more crucial to make time for a proper warm up before you exercise and a substantial cool down afterwards too. 

“When I’ve finished a winter workout I just want to get straight into a hot shower,” says Gabriela. “But it’s so important to take time to cool down and stretch. You’ll thank yourself the morning after.” 

So set aside a few minutes to stretch out and don’t forget to make sure you’re getting the best nutrients for your muscles and bones. GP Gold contains Vitamin D which contributes to the maintenance of normal muscle function as well as Vitamin C which contributes the normal function of the immune system during and after intense physical exercise!

4. Dull dry skin

Treat yourself, and your skin, to some extra moisture with a comforting face mask and a good quality moisturiser

Treat yourself, and your skin, to some extra moisture with a comforting face mask and a good quality moisturiser

Winter comes with many gifts and one of the most unwelcome is dull, dry, flaky skin. Thanks to the combination of icy winds, freezing temperatures and dry central heating, moisture is drawn away from our skin leaving it unnourished, parched and even cracked.

Plus, if yours is prone to acne or conditions like eczema, they can actually flare up at this time of year….

This is down to the lower humidity levels during the winter months which can make the skin more vulnerable.

So treat yourself, and your skin, to some extra moisture with a comforting face mask and a good quality moisturiser.

You could also invest in a humidifier for your home and, of course, good nutrition has its part to play too.

“Beautiful skin really does start from within,” says Gabriela. “Making sure you’re getting enough of the key skin-supporting nutrients will help ensure you’re getting the most out of your skincare routine. Vitamin C is not only a key vitamin to support the normal function of your immune system, it’s really important for normal collagen formation.” 

In fact, Vitamin A, Riboflavin, Biotin and Zinc all contribute to the maintenance of normal skin too.

And they’re all included, at optimal levels, in GP Gold. So by adding this supplement to your daily routine you could give your skin all the nourishment it needs to keep glowing all the way through ’til spring.

5. Damaged hair

Cold weather and lower humidity creates dry, brittle hair which can snap more easily

Cold weather and lower humidity creates dry, brittle hair which can snap more easily

Our hair is supposed to be our crowning glory but when winter arrives it becomes anything but.

Cold weather and lower humidity creates dry, brittle hair which can snap more easily and can end up looking frizzy and dull, dull, dull.

Oh and those dreaded split ends make their presence felt too! Not to mention that weird static thing that happens to our hair when it’s cold outside…

It’s almost like winter is intent on making us look as drab and unattractive as possible. 

But never fear, all is not lost.

Staying hydrated and applying nourishing creams will help your hair to retain moisture and if possible, you should refrain from using too many heated styling tools too.

And with GP Gold you’ll cover all your bases, including your locks, thanks to the inclusion of Zinc, Selenium and Biotin which contribute to the maintenance of normal hair.  

It’s better than wearing a hat all winter! 

6. Weakened immunity  

This year, more than ever, we've become aware of just how crucial it is to keep our immune system working at its best.

This year, more than ever, we’ve become aware of just how crucial it is to keep our immune system working at its best.

We all know that this time of year is synonymous with colds and flu.

It’s not a myth that we become more prone to catching colds in the winter. The cold, dry air means the mucus in our mouths, noses, eyes and respiratory tracts dries up too, leaving our bodies more susceptible to pathogens, harmful bacteria and viruses.

Our immune system is our very own defence against these potential infections, so that’s why it’s so important to support it as much as we can.

This year, more than ever, we’ve become aware of just how crucial it is to keep our immune system working at its best.

And with a varied and balanced diet we can do just that.

Nutrients like Selenium and Zinc and Vitamins A, C and D are known to contribute to the normal function of the immune system, so ensure you’re eating lots of fruit, vegetables, dairy, nuts, seeds and wholegrains which contain these nutrients. 

But with hectic and stressful daily lives it’s not always easy to ensure we’re getting all our vitamins and minerals from what we eat. It’s just not realistic…

So that’s why taking a multi-nutrient like GP Gold can be the helping hand we need. Containing optimal amounts of all these essentials, you can relax knowing you’re giving your immune system the best chance of staying strong and effective. 

7. A low mood

Some people find using a special light can help ease the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

Some people find using a special light can help ease the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

We can all feel down from time to time, but many people find their mood shifts as we move through the seasons into winter.

Known as Seasonal Affective Disorder** it can be experienced as a lack of interest in daily life, feelings of lethargy, a persistently low frame of mind and irritability.

It is often linked to the fact we get less sunlight during the shorter days of winter and this in turn, affects the function of the part of the brain called the hypothalamus.  

If this happens, the production of hormones like melatonin (which makes us feel sleepy) and serotonin (which influences our moods, appetite and sleep) can be adversely affected.

A lack of sunlight may lead to lower serotonin levels which is linked to feelings of depression.   

So if that sounds familiar then try to get as much natural sunlight as possible. There are even special lamps which can help to simulate exposure to sunlight, but you should consider seeing your GP if you think you might have SAD and you’re struggling to cope. 

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Good nutrition is the basis of a healthy body and while we can get most of the essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need from a varied and balanced diet, modern life can get in the way.

With busy schedules of work and childcare, it can be difficult to prioritise getting the right amounts every day.

So that’s why GP Nutrition has made it easy with grab-and-go daily supplement sachets.  

“Messing around with lots of different supplement blister packs and tubs is such a faff,” says Gabriela. “And once you’ve broken the seal on some packets the potency of the active ingredients can be reduced. 

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*All ingredients mentioned reach and exceed the required 15% NRV as listed in the annex to regulation (EC) NO 1924/2006. Claims with mention of these ingredients are done so with reference to this claim enabling their mention as per EU regulation. 

**You should consider seeing a GP if you think you might have SAD and you’re struggling to cope. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder-sad/ 

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