As soon as winter arrives, we’re more likely to catch cold, cough, flu, influenza and viral infections. Studies show that during winters heart attacks, paralysis, pneumonia, chest infections are on the rise.
Extreme cold weather and low humidity level can put you vulnerable to many illnesses. This is why it is crucial to take preventative measures before winter ruins your health. Here are some ways to avoid Health problems in winters.
1. Drink warm water
Drinking a couple of glasses of warm water should be the first thing you do in the morning. Water is at its most beneficial form when it is warm. Consumption of warm water aids in better digestion and removes toxins.
Body pain and muscle pain is common in winters, drinking warm water helps get rid of these ache. The most important thing warm water does to your body is that it increases the warmth of your body, whereas cold water consumption can disturb the homeostasis of the body.
2. Consume warming foods
Nutrition does the major job in keeping body healthy and warm enough to survive winters. Studies suggest that eating foods rich in vitamin-C, Vitamin-D, zinc and antioxidant cans aid body temperature and boost immunity. It is also important to include unsaturated fats to your diet.
Consumption of hot soups and hot beverages would also help temporarily, if taken in moderation. Adding a piece of ginger and black pepper corns to soup would enhance the warmth to your body.
Here is a list of some heat producing foods that can help,
Ginger, garlic, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, tulsi, root vegetables, seasonal fruits, pine apple, papaya.
Eggs, fish, meat, lean, dairy products, poultry.
Wholegrain, cereals, and healthy fats.
Low temperature in long term can lead to vasoconstriction affecting circulation and increase the risk of a heart attack. Exercise warms up your body and increases the blood flow. So it is not a good option to skip it, although you can modify it according to your convenience.
It is very important to work out and stay active all day. Doing stretch ups, taking stairs instead of lifts, regular physical activities would also help though. It is proven that out of all exercises Running is the most beneficial one when it comes to winters. Breathing exercises are very helpful during winters a study says.
4. Use warm water while bathing
I know hot showers are too enticing, but they remove all the natural oils from skin resulting in dry skin. It also lowers body temperature and cause reduced blood flow. And in the long run it can cause more harm than good.
Hot water tends to freeze quicker than normal water, hence taking hot shower you might end up feeling more cold than usual.
Warm water baths can keep your skin shinier and body temperature stable. It also relieves muscle soreness and fatigue. It also helps in reducing inflammation and swelling.
5. Use coconut oil
Hands and feet need more care during winters. Low temperature and low humidity level eats up the moisture and cause allergies, eczema, dry skin. Dry skin can eventually cause premature ageing.
Cold pressed coconut oil would definitely be a quick fix for dry skin, chapped lips, cracked heals etc. coconut oil has the most identical properties as the sebum of our skin however coconut oil best suits for south and western Indian skin, whereas people of north india and other regions can opt for mustard oil instead.
6. Wear warm cloths
When you are exposed to cold your hands and feet are much colder than the rest of the body. It happens due to the reduced blood flow. Wearing on socks and mittens can be more effective in keeping hands and feet warmer.
We all wear comfy warm clothes to keep our bodies protected from cold weather. Wearing warm but light weight clothes would be helpful while doing daily activities, office work or house chores. Do not forget to cover your head with a beanie as it is easier to catch cold, frequent headaches and sinus infections when head is not covered.
7. Sun bath
During winters most of the regions of earth get less amount of sunlight due to the tilt of the earth. Less sunlight can put you deficient to vitamin-D and decrease in immunity. Lack of sunlight can also cause problems like seasonal affective disorder (low mood) and drops in serotonin levels.
New research study shows that 10-15 minutes of sun bathing during winters helps protect against cold and flu viruses. Best time to take sun bath is between 7:00 am to 10:00 am.
8. Regular checkup
Multiple studies have shown that cardiovascular death rates tend to rise in winters. Also cholesterol levels tend to increase in winters. Extreme cold weather can cause respiratory problems. Freezing temperature can put your body at risk to many illnesses, so it is very important to 1. Not to skip your medicine 2.visit your physician.
I hope these tips helped you. Please let me know in the comments below if it did. Eat healthy stay healthy.