When the warm temperatures of summer begin to slip away, we know that winter with its freezing cold is just around the corner. While there is no way to avoid the seasonal changes, there are a few ways to stay healthy all year long. Most of these measures are just good sense and following the advice is not at all difficult.
Germs are what causes cold weather illness, so warding them off helps to remain healthy. Everyone has heard fall health tips such as washing their hands often and avoiding contact with people who are obviously sick. While this is really good advice, it is difficult to know who might be contagious. Co-workers are often sick and there is no way to avoid contact with them on the job.
Children seem to get sick more often than adults and part of the reason is they are constantly being exposed to viruses and bacteria that they have not yet developed an immunity against. The medical community typically takes the view that kids just have to work their way through these illnesses and develop the immunity they will need as they go through life.
One of the best ways to stay healthy while many other people are getting sick is to live a healthy lifestyle and eat nutritious foods. This means getting adequate sleep and regular exercise. It is also recommended that adults get an annual flu shot to help ward off an episode of the disease that causes fever, chills, an upset stomach and that feeling of aching muscles. Seniors should also get a pneumonia shot, but that is only required every 10 years.
There are foods and drinks available that strengthen immunity and help to ward off those nasty little bugs that cause sickness. Few people are aware that beans fall into this category. They are high in iron, folic acid, potassium and protein, and are also high in fiber to keep the digestives system functioning properly. In addition to being healthy, beans are a comfort food and are a great addition to soup, casseroles and chili.
When the temperatures take on a chill, a hot drink is always welcome. Hot chocolate is often the preferred warm-up beverage, but green tea is high in antioxidants to help fight off the germs. Tea tastes great with lemon, cinnamon or orange flavoring. Some people enjoy a mix of spices in their tea and there are several flavored green teas available that are pre-mixed. It is also important to note that alcohol depresses the immune system, so alcoholic drinks should be limited to just a couple per week.
People see much less of the sun during winter, so they should begin taking Vitamin D. This important vitamin comes mostly from sun exposure and many people feel more depressed when it is scarce. It is good to stay as active as possible and with proper clothing, it is enjoyable to get outdoors and take advantage of winter sports.
These just a few of the fall health tips available. Fall is a good time to schedule an annual health checkup and get more good advice from your doctor.