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When it comes to winter survival, you’ll need more than a good coat to make it through. After all, shorter days mean less exposure to sunlight, cold temperature means less time spent outdoors, and more dry, chapped skin.

So what more can you do – other than staying active and getting some fresh air  – to maximize your health during the wintertime? Get your vitamins!

1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C offers protection against immune system deficiencies – especially helpful in preventing cold and flu – while also helping our bodies detox, nourishing the skin, maintaining bones and teeth and healing wounds.

Foods packed with vitamin C: Peppers, dark leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, cabbage, broccoli, beans, and tomatoes, among others.

2. Vitamin D

Because we generally get this nutrient from the sun, holding up inside during the chilly months may create a deficiency. In saying that, step outside during mid-day for at least 15 minutes a day – to ensure you’re soaking up the goods, which will absorb essential minerals, promote proper cell development, regulate the immune system — all crucial for disease prevention and basic life functions

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