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Simple Steps to Being Healthier This Spring

The clocks have gone forward and the weather is toggling between seasons, but Spring is still in the air! It’s been a long winter and there’s so much to look forward to. As we enter a new and vibrant season, it’s a great time to take advantage of the weather ahead by enjoying outdoor activities.

But, if you're still feeling the effects of being cooped up inside, there are simple things you can do now to address those nagging aches and pains.

Check Your Feet First

When your feet are healthy, the rest of your body also enjoys the benefits. During winter your feet are typically kept snuggled up inside warm boots, comfy socks and slippers. While that feels nice on cold days, your feet really do need some air. And, since your feet naturally sweat this makes an ideal breeding ground for fungal foot infections. Athlete's Foot, Warts and Fungal Toenails are among the most common infections. With the air being so dry and cold, many people also experience cracked heels. When these conditions are left untreated they can continue to spread and cause further discomfort.

Maintaining proper foot hygiene is your best defense against foot infections. Washing and drying your feet thoroughly, especially between the toes, is both a practical and proactive approach to dealing with these types of fungal conditions.

If you have ongoing foot pain, it’s always best to consult with an expert. A Chiropodist or Podiatrist can help you determine the proper course of treatment so you don’t have to figure it out on your own.

Examine Your Eating Habits

Cold months often call for comfort foods. But, overindulging during the winter can lead to challenges in the Spring. Inactivity combined with poor eating habits can put you at risk of developing chronic diseases including diabetes. For some people, unhealthy snacking has become an occupational hazard while working from home. It’s easy to grab a sugary or salty snack between zoom meetings, but those extra calories could also lead to weight gain and high levels of cholesterol.

While it is easy to identify unhealthy eating habits, figuring out which foods are best for you might seem complicated. Rather than relying on the latest foodie trends, consult with the right health practitioner first. To make an informed decision, it is important to understand the difference between a Dietician, Nutritionist and a Naturopathic Doctor.

A Registered Dietician provides nutrition advice using science based evidence to help you make the right food choices. A certified Nutritionist is very similar to a Dietician, but they utilize