5 Ways to Support Your Health in Any Weather
That chill in the air may feel good, but changes in weather may weaken your body’s immune system1 just as things kick into high gear both at work and with your family’s back-to-school schedule.
Here, five suggestions from Channing Mastroly, a pediatric nurse in Wichita, Kans.
Where are your hands? Keep them away from your mouth, nose and eyes to prevent the spread of illness, says Mastroly. Be mindful of how often you touch your face, and if you have a habit of biting your nails, try to stop. “Think of it as an excuse to get manicures,” she suggests. In addition, be sure to wash your hands often, particularly before meals. If you’re not near a sink, use an alcohol-based antiseptic gel to sanitize. Give gargling a try. Gargling with plain water twice a day could make you less susceptible to an upper respiratory illness2, according to research.
Munch on immunity-supporting foods. Eating a well-balanced diet that includes foods rich in vitamin C, like oranges, bell peppers and leafy greens, can also help keep your immune system strong.3 For additional immune support, supplement with Nature Made Vitamin C.
Get outdoors. Running the heat indoors can dry out your sinuses, and good nasal mucus flow helps keep the immune system in fighting form.4 Before heading out, dress in layers so you can remove or add items of clothing to stay comfortable. Protect your peepers. You may not think about your eyes when it comes to supporting your health, but if you wear contacts, try switching to glasses as the temps drop. Eyeglasses serve as a barrier between you and other people, decreasing your exposure to pathogens, Mastroly says. Wearing them also means you won’t have to touch your eyes to take out your contacts at the end of the day, which may decrease the chances of contamination.
These small steps can help support your health as the mercury drops.
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