The summer sun is beginning to give way to the winter fog. While summer heat has its own challenges, winter brings its own in terms of health and overall well-being, especially when the seasons change.
India has four distinct seasons, spring, summer, monsoon and winter, which vary from quarter to quarter in the year.
Each season has advantages and disadvantages as well as specific ailments. As the seasons change, so does our tendency to fall ill.
Colds, flu, colds, sore throats and other ailments are most common during the change of seasons, especially at the beginning of winter. We must be careful and ensure that we develop a lifestyle that strengthens us to handle any weather without making us sick.
We don’t need to make huge changes to take better care of our health. Healthy eating and regular exercise are two important habits that can keep us away from all diseases.
Here are some notable adjustments that will not only help you prepare for the coming winter, but some of them will also be beneficial in the long run.
Drink plenty of fluids
Start and end your day with adequate amounts of water, fluids or beverages. You can mix a teaspoon of honey with lemon water in the morning which helps to flush out toxins from your body. Drink at least two to three liters of water a day to stay hydrated.
In winter, we generally feel less thirsty which results in less water consumption. But always remember that drinking plenty of water is the only reason it is healthy as it improves skin health as well as overall well-being.
Clear the air
As we can already see, the air has become more polluted after the festival and the air quality is now hazardous. We have to take prophylactic measures or respiratory distress is imminent. Although we can’t do much about the quality of outdoor air, we should wear a mask to prevent impending health risks and also consider ensuring clean indoor air through good indoor ventilation.
Add some indoor plants like aloe vera, spider and snake plants to your home which are proven natural air purifiers. Apart from these, you can use air purifiers and N-95 masks to prevent breathing and lung problems.
A regular exercise rejuvenates your mind and body and makes you feel active throughout the day. Exercise is the most obvious way to stay healthy as the seasons change. No special type of exercise such as jogging, swimming or going to the gym is required. A particular sport of your choice—football, volleyball, cricket, etc.—can also be chosen.
Health professionals recommend at least 150 minutes of aerobic activity per week, or 30 minutes per day, five days a week.
Sound sleep is the most important and often overlooked or taken for granted. Regardless of the upcoming season, we should all be getting eight hours of sleep every night. Sleep quality is crucial for physical and mental well-being. As you sleep, your heart and blood vessels repair and restore. The muscles we use throughout the day need to be repaired and sleep is crucial for that.
In addition, proper sleep is essential to increase Immunity. When you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system’s ability to fight infection is reduced and your body’s ability to fight infection is compromised.
Get your nutrition
As the saying goes, ‘You are what you eat.’ To stay healthy you need to eat healthy food. You should prepare your daily diet by eating seasonal fruits and vegetables to get proper nutrition. Avoid packaged and fried foods during weather changes. It is good to ensure high protein intake, steamed vegetables and organic fruits to stay fit and active.
Maintaining proper hygiene during seasonal changes is essential. Just as washing hands before and after meals is essential, so is showering regularly or after every workout. In case you are outside and there is no washroom near you, keep a hand sanitizer with you because most people are already sick at this time and there are many germs in your daily environment that you come in contact with.
Moreover, washing your face regularly every day reduces the risk Bacterial infectionAnd prevents acne, or other breakouts.
Probiotics are live and friendly gut microorganisms that have several health benefits. Including probiotics in your daily diet boosts the immune system which reduces the chances of getting sick. Yogurt or curd is an excellent source of probiotics that prevent the common cold and allergy.
As winter sets in, dress seasonally as the days are warm but the evenings are considerably cooler. This time of the year should not be taken lightly as it brings all the health issues. While you may enjoy this pleasant weather, your body may be vulnerable to colds and fevers. You can also catch a cold while sweating.
During this time you should carry a jacket with you or you can also wear long sleeve clothes to avoid cold and mosquito bites.
In this contemporary age a large group likes to drink coffee, especially in the morning but it is not as healthy as ours. Add at least one cup of herbal tea a day to reduce cholesterol, bacterial and viral infections and improve sleep quality. Herbal teas contain antioxidants that reduce inflammation in the body.
Living a healthy life is always the best option, no matter what age you are, whether you are chubby or with an athletic body.
It is always said that ‘prevention is better than cure.’ It is best to take early precautions because some diseases, even seasonal ones, can be painful and require hospitalization if not diagnosed in time.
Follow these above precautions to enjoy the changing weather and all the good things that come with it.
In addition, you should have preventive health checkups. These health tests give a complete report on your health, allowing you to take necessary precautions to improve your health and ward off many illnesses.
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