Winter is the season of snow, parties and diseases. High blood pressure, cervical, flues, body aches and food poisoning are few of the most common diseases that might pull you down this winter. This is especially true as exercising is likely to take a backseat when icicles are in view. The last you would want is to say no to the delicious pie your friend has offered because of an upset stomach which seems almost unavoidable in the winter months. However there are some easy and natural tips to keep your immune system in top shape during these cold months. While keeping yourself warm and covered is a must, below are a few more precautions you may adopt to ensure your ecstatic mood is not spoiled by sneezes or a sore throat:
10. Stay Active
Winters holidays bring with it the lure of lazing all day, tempting to stay in blanket till late in morning and rug up on couch with your remote. Say no to laziness this winter as staying active circulates a positive energy in the body thus strengthening the immune system and reducing our stress levels. You might even decide to pack up your bags for a short vacation these holidays instead of catching the repeat telecasts of same shows all day on television. It will not only help keep your body active, fit and healthy but will also work wonders on your mind before it is again subjected to the day-to-day routine.
9. Avoid Contamination
Winters precautionary measures must include avoiding germ contamination especially if in public places or eating street food. Try covering your mouth when travelling in public transport and ensure disinfecting your hands after several handshakes. Flues and common cold spreads quickly through mouth and hands, more so in winters. Wearing a mask in less hygienic public places, drinking clean water and trying to feed as much on homemade food are few of the measures that can be taken to avoid sneezes and fever during rest of the winters.
8. Healthy Eating Habits
As we tend to reduce exercising and other forms of physical activities, it is necessary to adopt healthy and nutritional eating habits to ensure proper functioning of our body. There is more than just word to the adage- ‘Breakfast like king, dinner like pauper’. A healthy breakfast gives you the energy to get through the day actively. Also the body’s digesting capacities are higher in the morning than before going to bed and thus a hearty breakfast and mild dinner is highly suggestible to avoid an upset stomach. Try keeping your food simple and fat free and do not overeat, something pretty common during parties.
7. Sleep Well
A good night’s sleep makes us feel ready to take on the world while insufficient sleep can make us feel terrible. Sleeping is a healthy and necessary exercise. It is the time during which part of our body goes into rest and makes up for the lost energy during the hours awake. The recommended sleeping hours for an adult is seven to nine hours while on an average we sleep only for six and half hours. Also as winters enter we tend to feel sleepier and stay in bed longer than usual which is not an unhealthy trait either as it is perfectly natural for our body to adopt hibernating habits when weather turns cold.
6. Intake Vitamin C Rich Food
Winters usually challenges our immune system and require us to be stronger to fight against germs and diseases. Vitamin C keeps our immune system strong and thus its intake is highly recommended especially during cold months. Many fruits and vegetables, mainly lemons, orange, capsicum, papaya, cauliflower etc. are highly rich in Vitamin C and their consumption is largely prescribed during winters. Seasonal vegetables like carrots, turnips and peas must be included in regular diet. Also eating fish, poultry and low-fat dairy are suggestible to keep yourself fit.
5. Take Sunlight
As days grow cooler and cooler people start preferring to stay inside, thus missing on the sunlight exposure recommended and required to help the body make Vitamin D which is vital for good health. Vitamin D is responsible for a good bone health and sun acts as the biggest catalyst in production of Vitamin D in our body by stirring the chemical and metabolic chain reaction that produces it. Research shows that many people have low Vitamin D levels. Also we are mostly advised to avoid sunlight during summers as its UV rays can prove harmful for skin. Thus the best time to go out and absorb sun energy is during the cold months.
4. Drink enough Water
The only time a person feels thirsty in cold weathers is after meals and even that thirst is satisfied by a few gulps and thus many of us can go all day without even thinking about drinking water. The reason is quite simple- as we don’t sweat a lot in winters we don’t feel thirsty. Studies say that average water consumption by adults during winter months goes down to 5-6 glasses while the required consumption for healthy body functioning is 10-12 glasses. This is a highly unhealthy practice as the change in season makes very little difference in diminishing the importance and requirement of water by the body.
3. Exercise Regularly
While jogging and gym are pleasant activities during summers, nothing can beat the warmth of blankets during winter mornings. Using those extra twenty minutes for lazing in the blanket instead of exercising seems like the best thing to during cold mornings but it is not so if you do not want to stay in bed for the holidays down with blood pressure or diabetes. Where the consumption of carbohydrates and fats is high during winters, much less efforts are made to burn the extra calories gained which can adversely affect our metabolism especially of blood pressure and diabetic patients.
2. Stay Warm
Not just the flues and common cold but cervical and all other sort of body aches, as well as, diseases like jaundice and pneumonia are as common in winters. Insufficient cloth covering during winters is a major reason for backache. Keeping warm and wrapped whenever stepping out in cold is a must. Also it is highly recommended to avoid moving between extreme temperatures like from a heated room to the outside cold. Kids and elders are easiest to be infected and get some ache or flu if not dressed sufficiently in cold.
1. Wash Up
The water running from your tap might be freezing cold but do not use it as an excuse to avoid washing hands and feet regularly during winters if you do not want a cold or a fever. Bathing and washing hands regularly during winters is as necessary as in summers, or rather more. Spread of germs and communicable diseases are common during winters thus making it necessary to wash hands after exchanging pleasantries with gatherings or before taking meals. People can also find easy reasons to skip bathing in cold but keeping your body clean and germ free is the best precaution one can take to avoid falling sick in the cold weather.