7 Healthy Tips For Beating the Fall Weather
With summer ending, it’s time to prepare for fall, especially where your health is concerned. Weather changes can bring about a myriad of problems, such as colds, flu, allergies and other health conditions. So how can you prepare yourself for the changing season? Here are a few things you can do to get you adjusted.
1.) Take Vitamin D. Most of our Vitamin D comes from the sun so it’s important to take a supplement during those months where we spend most of our time indoors. Vitamin D has many health benefits, including supporting the health of the immune system, brain and nervous system.
2.) Schedule a flu shot for the family. Flu shots offer flu prevention as well as lessen those visits to the doctor.
3.) Drink plenty of water. Water prevents dehydration, which can weaken our immune system. Drinking water ensures that the mucous membranes in our lungs and sinus passages stay hydrated to resist infections.
4.) Moisturize your skin. Make sure your skin is well-hydrated by applying moisturizer after baths or showers. Also, use warm water instead of hot water. Be sure to moisturize your hands, elbows and feet before you go to bed and wear socks and gloves, if possible.
5.) Exercise. It’s easy to want to be outside in the warmer weather but cooler temperatures make us want to hibernate indoors. Get outside and rake leaves or take a walk. However, make sure you are dressed appropriately.
6.) Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
7.) Wash your hands. Using warm water and soap, wash your hands to keep from being infected with cold or flu virus. Plus, it’s just good hygiene.
Trying to accomplish these seven easy steps daily will benefit your physical and mental well-being during the fall months and through the winter. Adding extra sleep will help maintain your body’s best performance to ward off sickness and germs. Be kind to yourself and listen to what your body is telling you so you can stay healthy this fall.