Staying Healthy in Cold Weather
If you haven’t noticed yet, the cold weather is here…some days. It’s in months and weeks like this where the temperatures fluctuate that people are most susceptible to illness. In this article, we are going to review common diseases during the winter months as well as small steps you can take to help your body fight any unwelcome invaders.
Common diseases related to colder weather
If the past is any indication as to how our winter will be in Oklahoma and Texas, it will change its mind at least a few times. Expect an increase in cold and flu symptoms.
Indoor allergies can come from Mold, ragweed and dust mites as people stay indoors. Schedule some extra times of cleaning to ensure these are kept to a minimum.
Bronchitis & Pneumonia are caused by higher blood pressure due to the cold weather and this affects the respiratory system.
Gastroenteritis or stomach flu typically increases over the winter months as well. Be sure to cook everything to the recommended temperature and do not eat leftovers if they have been in the fridge too long.
Seasonal Flu peaks between January and March and can make a healthy person need to stay in bed. Increase your water intake to help your body continually flush out bacteria and other unwanted visitors.
Now that we have shared some of the main things you need to be aware of…how do you protect yourself?
Let’s start out with some good Vitamin C. There are many different companies that provide over-the-counter support such as Emergen-C. Vitamin C found in its purest form is called ascorbic acid. If you are wanting a good boost of this powerful vitamin, consider keeping broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, oranges, bell peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, as well as many others, stocked in your kitchen this winter.
Zinc helps your immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses which many people know. But did you know that your body needs it to make proteins and DNA for your cells? Be sure to have a healthy amount of ZINC in your diet.
Cold, dry air leads to sore throats when you wake up. Turn off fans and maybe get a humidifier to help combat the side effects of winter air. Make sure to research different products and their reviews before either ordering one online or heading off to the nearest store. If you do get one, be sure to learn how to maintain it so it continues to be beneficial to your health.
As with any medical questions, supplements, vitamins, and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, it is important to consult with your primary care physician to ensure there are no complications with an item you are currently taking or are looking to take in the future. If you experience a medical emergency, dial 9-1-1 and as always, stay safe.