According to studies conducted by researchers from the National Institute of Health, the cold and dry weather conditions during winters make it easier for various disease causing viruses to breed and transmit. This along with other factors like lowered sun exposure and staying indoors increase your susceptibility to a host of illnesses.
In order to prevent yourself from falling ill and miss out on all the fun that this season has to offer, consider the following tips –
- Massage Your Aches Away
People who suffer from arthritis or other kinds of joint pain find it very difficult to get through the winter season without the pain getting the better of them. It is a known fact that joint aches and muscle pain worsen during winter. Researchers, however, have not yet ascertained the exact reason behind this increase in pain. To keep joint pain and aches at bay, consult a physiotherapist.
- Get Fit
It is recommended to exercise daily in order to keep the joints supple and flexible. According to a study published by the Arthritis Care and Research in 2015, lack of regular exercise increases your chances of bone related disorders and obesity. Exercise also ensures that your blood circulation capacity stays optimal. Aim to get at least an hour of low impact exercises like walking and swimming on a daily basis.
- Eat Healthy
During winter, the chances of you falling ill are high, so it is very important that you keep your immune system strong by adding lots of fruits and vegetables to your daily diet. Ensure to eat three to five portions of fruits every day. Replace your sugary treats and snacks with pieces of fruits such as bananas, apples or citru fruits. Bananas are a great source of potassium, fibre, energy and vitamin B6; apples are rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients and flavonoids; oranges are a great source of vitamin C.
If having raw vegetables is not your cup of tea, try making a hot stew or vegetable soup with carrots, papayas, peas and beetroot. Papaya is also rich in antioxidants and protects you from cancer and skin damage that comes with age. Papaya is also highly beneficial to people who suffer from joint pains where there is a certain degree of inflammation involved. Peas and beetroots are both good sources of vitamin C, folate and potassium.
- Get that pending vaccine shot today!
Take necessary precautions by getting a flu vaccination at the earliest which can lower the chances of you suffering from the flu by about 50%. During the winter season the number of patients down with the flu is usually staggeringly high. So it is recommended that you get your flu shot done well before October or November to be on the safer side of things.
- Don’t Forget to Wash Your Hands!
Even though the use of hand sanitizers has always been controversial, a recent study indicates that people who used hand sanitizers regularly decreased their chances of contracting an illness than those who did not. Often in public places it is not always possible to get access to a bathroom or germ-protection soaps. In such cases using a hand sanitizer lowers your risk of picking up harmful germs by about 59%. While using one, ensure to rub your hands for a good 15-20 seconds to completely eliminate the germs.
So don’t let diseases mar your happiness. Take good of yourself and your loved ones and enjoy the winter season to its fullest. Also, it would be wise to get in touch with a trusted home health service provider to take excellent care of health, if need arises inspite of all precautions.