Tips on staying healthy amid rapidly changing weather

10th, 2014
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Tips on staying healthy amid rapidly changing weather

Sunshine during the day, rain in the evening; morning breezes, nighttime storms. Yes, the weather is alternating between hot and cold.

It is constantly fluctuating, and the changing temperatures throughout the day are making many of us ill.

The best way to stay healthy amid these sudden and dramatic changes in the weather and the temperature is to eat a balanced diet and to try to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Start off your day, for example, with some fresh fruit juice. The foods and drinks you consume should be fresh, first and foremost. Our advice is to find foods and drinks rich in vitamin C. So perhaps squeeze some fresh fruit juice from fruits that are green or yellow in color to start your morning. If you have a sore throat or a cough, try adding some honey to your fresh fruit juice.

Bring a thermos filled with herbal tea to your workplace. After all, many people spend the majority of their day in the office, and to help you stay healthy while there you could prepare a thermos with a mixture of ginger, rosehip, linden and chamomile tea. This will not only help support your health, it will also ensure you drink enough liquids while at the office.

A great source of iron and energy is carob molasses. Other molasses and honey are also wonderful sources of energy with very strong antioxidant effects to help support the immune system. Organic carob molasses, with no added ingredients, will give you energy in the morning and strengthen your immune system. And while honey is a great way to sweeten a hot cup of herbal tea, it also works as an anti-inflammatory agent and strengthens the immune system.

Get seven to eight hours of sleep each day. If you want to wake up feeling strong, you need to have a long, high-quality sleep. Never forget that the body gets a chance to rest during sleep and that sleep is when the body gathers energy and repairs itself in general. You need to pay attention to problems such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and any other sleep problems that could prevent you from feeling well-rested in the morning. If you have one of these problems, definitely go to an expert for help.

Showers help you fall asleep easily at night, and they can be a great start to your mornings, too. Also, when it comes to sleep, remember that where you sleep is very important: if your bedroom is too hot, too cold, damp, dusty or not well-aired, your chances of a good night’s sleep could be ruined and your immune system could be weakened. Make sure your bedroom gets fresh air for at least one hour every day. And don’t forget a warm shower, in the morning and in the evening if possible, to speed up circulation and make you feel fresh and relaxed.

During periods of rapid weather fluctuation make sure you get lots of vitamin C. If it is winter make sure you get lots of vitamin B, too. The best way to ensure your vitamin intake is adequate is by having a balanced diet rather than by taking supplements. Eat lots of yellow, green and red fruits. However, research shows that fruit alone will not give you 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C. When the climate is unpredictable and you cannot get your vitamin C by other means, you can get 1,000-2,000 milligrams of vitamin C through supplements on a daily basis.

Water is a shield that works to protect your body from illness and disease. Water keeps your defense system strong. In order for your body to stay cleansed and working well, you need to drink lots of water. Try to drink an average of two to three liters of water per day.

Why can changes in the weather be so dangerous?

The human body needs to stay within a certain temperature range in order to stay healthy, between 36.5-37 degrees Celsius. But when outside influences such weather conditions change suddenly, the body’s own regulation mechanisms can be caught unaware, thus triggering changes in the body’s temperature. As the immune system works in concert with these regulatory systems, it too is affected. People are most at risk of becoming ill during periods of seasonal transition.

How to dress for changing weather conditions

During the winter, you should wear outfits that allow air to circulate. Wear gloves, hats and scarves in order to help protect your extremities. Make sure your underclothes breath and do not make you sweat and make sure you wear layers that are easy to take off and put on according to the temperature. You will find that the tightness or the looseness of your outfits can also pose a problem in terms keeping your body warm enough, so wear clothes that are a comfortable fit, neither too tight nor too loose.

Resource: Today’s Zaman

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