fbpx

7 Tips to Stay Healthy During the Cold Alaskan Winters

Written by Dr. Derek Larsen, DC

Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, founder of Happy Family Chiropractic, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his practice. Born and raised on a small ranch in Northern California, Dr. Derek learned the value of hard work and determination early on. Throughout high school, he excelled in four sports: football, wrestling, swimming, and track. After high school, Dr. Derek served his community as a wildland firefighter, funding his initial undergraduate studies and a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His missionary work took him to Costa Rica, where he spent two years serving the local population. Upon returning, he completed his bachelor’s degree in biology at Brigham Young University Hawaii. During the summers, he worked as a fishing guide in Southeast Alaska, a place he fell in love with and decided to return to after completing his chiropractic education. Dr. Derek attended Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California, where he discovered his passion for pediatric chiropractic care. He is actively pursuing certification from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) to better serve children of all ages. Dr. Derek's enthusiasm for working with kids stems from his belief that he will always retain a youthful spirit, no matter his age. Outside of his professional life, Dr. Derek is an avid outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and scuba diving—any activity that allows him to immerse himself in nature. His loyal dog, Buckwheat, is always by his side on these adventures. With his diverse background, commitment to excellence, and genuine love for his community, Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, exemplifies the qualities of an exceptional chiropractor, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of families in Southeast Alaska.

Last Updated on May 21, 2024

The winter months in Alaska can be tough. The weather is cold and dark, and it can be hard to get out of bed in the morning. However, it is important to prioritize your health during this time of year. Here are 7 ways to stay healthy during the winter months in Alaska!

1. Get outside every day

Even if it’s just for a few minutes, the fresh air will do you good. Alaska is a beautiful state, so take advantage of the winter months by getting outside and enjoying the snow! If you can’t get outside, open the windows and let the fresh air in.

2. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

The winter months can be a tough time to eat healthy. However, it is important to make an effort to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fresh produce is more expensive in the winter, but you can also buy frozen or canned fruits and vegetables.

Here are some tips for getting your fruits and vegetables in the winter:

  • Buy fresh produce when it is in season. This will be cheaper and the produce will be fresher. Then learn how to preserve it for the winter months via canning, freezing or any other method you choose.
  • Look for deals on frozen or canned fruits and vegetables. You can often find these on sale at the grocery store.
  • Make a smoothie or a healthy soup. This is a great way to sneak some extra fruits and vegetables into your diet.

Eating the proper foods will help you boost your immunity and your mood

3. Speaking of boosting your immunity, see a chiropractor! 

A chiropractor can help boost your immunity by making sure your nervous system is functioning properly. When your nervous system is functioning properly, all of the systems in your body are able to communicate with each other correctly. This includes the immune system!

4. Exercise regularly.

Exercise is important for overall health, but it is especially important in the winter months. Exercise helps to boost your immunity, fight depression, and improve circulation. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t exercise. There are plenty of indoor activities that you can do to stay active in the winter.

Here are some ideas for indoor exercise:

  • Join a gym or take a fitness class.
  • Workout at home with an online fitness program.
  • Go for a walk or run indoors at the mall or in a park.
  • Do some yoga or stretching exercises.

Staying active in the winter will help you stay healthy and avoid weight gain.

5. Get enough sleep.

It is important to get enough sleep all year round, but it is especially important in the winter. When you don’t get enough sleep, your immunity suffers. aim for at least eight hours of sleep each night. If you have trouble sleeping, talk to your doctor or see a chiropractor. Chiropractic care can often help with insomnia.

6. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.

Water is important for overall health, but it is especially important in the winter. When it’s cold outside, we often don’t feel as thirsty. However, it is still important to drink plenty of fluids. Water helps to flush toxins out of our bodies and keep us hydrated.

Here are some tips for drinking more water in the winter:

  • Carry a water bottle with you everywhere you go.
  • Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning.
  • Drink a glass of water before each meal.
  • Drink herbal tea or warm lemon water.
  • Add fruits or vegetables to your water for extra flavor.

7.  Take a vitamin D supplement.

Vitamin D is an important vitamin for overall health. Unfortunately, our bodies don’t produce enough vitamin D in the winter months. This is because we don’t get enough sun exposure. A simple way to fix this is to take a vitamin D supplement. You can also eat foods that are rich in vitamin D, such as salmon, eggs, and mushrooms.

Final Thoughts

These are just a few of the many things you can do to stay healthy during winter in Alaska! Don’t let the cold weather get you down – take steps to stay active and healthy all season long!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to our office. We are always happy to help!

Thank you for reading!

author avatar
Dr. Derek Larsen, DC Chiropractor
Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, founder of Happy Family Chiropractic, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his practice. Born and raised on a small ranch in Northern California, Dr. Derek learned the value of hard work and determination early on. Throughout high school, he excelled in four sports: football, wrestling, swimming, and track. After high school, Dr. Derek served his community as a wildland firefighter, funding his initial undergraduate studies and a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His missionary work took him to Costa Rica, where he spent two years serving the local population. Upon returning, he completed his bachelor’s degree in biology at Brigham Young University Hawaii. During the summers, he worked as a fishing guide in Southeast Alaska, a place he fell in love with and decided to return to after completing his chiropractic education. Dr. Derek attended Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California, where he discovered his passion for pediatric chiropractic care. He is actively pursuing certification from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) to better serve children of all ages. Dr. Derek's enthusiasm for working with kids stems from his belief that he will always retain a youthful spirit, no matter his age. Outside of his professional life, Dr. Derek is an avid outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and scuba diving—any activity that allows him to immerse himself in nature. His loyal dog, Buckwheat, is always by his side on these adventures. With his diverse background, commitment to excellence, and genuine love for his community, Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, exemplifies the qualities of an exceptional chiropractor, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of families in Southeast Alaska.

Ready to Get Started?

We are located at 800 Glacier Ave in Juneau, Alaska. Book an appointment today!

You May Also Like…

0 Comments

Sign Up for Free Health Education Experiences

You're in! We look forward to seeing you soon.

How Can We Help?

Thanks for your message! We'll be in touch soon.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This With Your Friends!

If you liked this post, share it with your friends! It will really help my practice grow. -Dr. Derek