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Britain in the dark about staying healthy in winter

Winter is well and truly in full swing, so it’s unsurprising that almost 90% of Britons admit that the season has a negative effect – making us stay at home more (50%), struggling to get out from under the duvet (33%), eating more comfort food (32%) or exercising less (30%).
According to new research by Florida grapefruit, almost 80% of the nation believes that pasta, potatoes or bread provide us with the all the vitamins we should be getting and nearly one in ten believes that wine can also provide the recommended amount of nutrients.
The data shows that nearly 60% of people in fact claim they pay more attention to their health and wellbeing over the winter months than at any other time of year. However, it would appear that us Brits are clueless when it comes to knowing just how to do this.
The research reveals that:
Only 5% of us eat the right amounts of fruit and vegetables during the winter months, compared to 53% in the summer, and 84% of us are less likely to consume our recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day when the cold kicks in.
We tend to eat less fruit and vegetables in the winter months, making it even harder for us to get the recommended 5-a-day, and in turn affecting our intake of certain vitamins and overall wellbeing. Adding ‘sunshine-drenched’ foods such as Florida grapefruit to our diet is a great choice for meeting recommended levels of vitamin C daily – and helping to give us a taste of summer during the dark, cold days of winter.
Throughout the winter, it’s especially important for us to support a healthy immune system, the body’s natural mechanism to resist illnesses. Vitamin C, which is found in in citrus fruits, can help support a healthy immune system and has the added benefit of helping to reducing tiredness and fatigue.
The gloomy British weather can also lead to a well-known and proven condition – SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). With almost 10% of people saying they’ve bought a SAD lamp to help make them feel better in the winter, the condition is on the increase.
Getting more sleep (29%) and going on holiday (11%) are other tried and tested winter-gloom busters, however, over a third of the nation (33%) have never tried anything to combat the winter blues.
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