Winterize your Body and Stay Healthy
During the winter months, people will take steps to winterize their homes and vehicles. They shut off outside water to keep pipes from freezing and may put snow tires on their car in they live in areas with heavy snowfall. They may also winterize their wardrobe, putting on heavier clothes when they venture outdoors.
Most of us don’t think bout winterizing our bodies, primarily because indoor heating and cooling tend to reduce the impact of seasonal weather, but perhaps we should! In different seasons of the year, people are more prone to specific health problems, for instance, allergies in the spring, heat stroke in the summer, and colds and flu in the winter.
More Concerning Wintertime Issues
Most people know that wintertime is the cold and flu season a time when we are more susceptible to viral infections, sore throats, and pneumonia, but it’s not just infectious disease that increase during winter months. People are also more prone to itchy skin, joint pain, and depression during the winter. People with asthma are more prone to asthma attacks, too. Even heart attacks, the leading cause of death in Western society, are more likely to happen in the winter months.
Why is this the case and what can we do about it? Those are the questions we will try to answer in this issue of Sunshine Sharing. We will introduce the topic of seasonal changes by discussing how the body changes to adapt to the heat of summer and the cold of winter. We will show why we are more prone to certain diseases in the winter and discuss how we can boost wintertime health with diet, supplements, and appropriate lifestyle changes.
Tips to Optimize your Body During Winter
Try to focus on the season, as nature does when it comes to what to eat and what foods should make up your diet. If you are climate controlled, it may not be as big an issue, however the cold requires more calorie dense foods to generate heat.
What supplements should you take. Maybe you want to consider Vitamin A and D or some K2 as well as Vitamin C.
Focus on your lungs especially if you are breathing in cold dry air. Maybe you want to add a humidifier to your home with some essential oils. There are herbs that focus on supporting lung health like astragalus for cold and dry air.
Think about fortifying your immune system with some immune blends containing mushrooms.
Focus on keeping your skin and make sure to drink water and eat healthy fats to keep your skin moist. You may also want to add some spicy herbs to get your body sweating.
We have to also mention cardiovascular health because the cold constricts your arteries which reduces blood flow to your extremities to keep your body warm. If you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart problems be careful when outdoors.
Remember, your health is your wealth and with every changing season brings different concerns. These are tips for staying healthy during the winter.