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Staying Healthy When the Seasons Change

Posted on October 31 2018

Staying Healthy When the Seasons Change

The changing weather throughout the year can make it difficult to keep up a fitness routine. However, this isn't an excuse to give up on your diet or to stop getting exercise on a regular basis. Instead, it means that you have to find ways to cope with the weather and how your body reacts to it.

Trade the Bread for Fish and Eggs

While you may like to eat bagels and sandwiches, it might not be the best for your body during the winter months. This is because your body craves carbs when it's cold, which means that you may be tempted to eat more than necessary. Instead of eating carbs, it may be healthier to eat fish and eggs or other foods that have Omega 3 fatty acids in them.

Regularly Check Your Mental Health

Seasons can have a small or great effect on people's mental health, particularly during the seasonal shifts around wintertime. According to The Recovery Village,  people with mental health concerns are more likely to start using or abusing substances. Make sure you're doing good things for your mental health. Check that you aren't indulging in comforts or becoming dependent on substances like caffeine and alcohol. Evaluate yourself and see if you're becoming less social than usual, or finding that you want to spend more and more time on your own and not talking to others. 

Declutter Your Home

Part of remaining healthy is making sure you live in a healthy environment. Remove any items in your home that may invite pests or are covered in germs. If they are old and just collecting dust, donate them to a charity. The more organized your home is, the healthier the environment is and the less likely you are to get sick when the seasons change.

Be Smart About Any Pain

With the changing seasons, there can be changes in your body. Many people with past injuries will feel pain during the winter months, whether through actual aches or phantom pain. This means that people may be tempted to take advantage of prescription pain medicine, but it’s best to pass these up for better alternatives. Try more natural ways of taking care of yourself, such as using heat and taking advantage of massages. If these may not help, there are other ways to handle pain, such as CBD oil. There is also another new alternative to look at if you seek something more potent for pain management, kratom powder, which should be purchased from a reputable store always.

Use a Hot Tub During the Winter Months

Using hot tubs in cold weather boosts your immune system and can help boost your mood when the cold has got you down. If you don't have access to a hot tub, try to take a hot shower or bath at least once or twice a day. At a minimum, the warm and humid air within the bathroom will help you breathe better and get rid of toxins.

Keep Hydrated to Boost Immunity 

You already know that it's important to keep hydrated during the heat of summer, but it's also important to drink lots of water during the winter months as well. Water is essential to all of your body's primary functions since it's used to carry oxygen to your cells. It also functions to help rid your body of harmful toxins. ASEA explains that cellular breakdown caused by environmental factors can affect your immune system, digestive function, and inflammatory response. Drinking more water, and even enhanced water, will go a long way toward giving your cells the boost they need to function. As the seasons change, focus on drinking more water. 

Pay Attention to Those Around You

If you notice that someone has been coughing or sneezing, make it a point to not touch that person right away. Furthermore, it may be a good idea to wash your hands and wipe down any object that you and a sick person may have to share such as a phone or office key. The National Kidney Foundation even suggests that you carry around hand sanitizer when you are on the go and can't often wash your hands. In the event that you are sick, stay home if possible since being around others could get them sick or exacerbate your symptoms.

See Your Doctor Regularly

Scheduling an appointment for a yearly physical can make it easier to stay healthy throughout the year. It may also be worthwhile to get a flu shot to help your body fight off what can be a significant illness. Make it a point to see your doctor or otherwise seek medical assistance if you notice any changes in your breathing or other symptoms that are new.

The weather can have an impact on how a person feels both mentally and physically. While it may not be possible to completely avoid getting sick or feeling fatigued, a positive attitude can help limit its impact on your life.


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