Time for the scarves and mittens to break out. Winter is known to keep warm for its cold air and the subsequent abundance of hot drinks. While you may think the only thing you need to look out for is bitter eggnog or tacky sweaters, some common health threats come and go with the seasons. Some of the problems caused are:-
- Asthma Attacks: - Asthma is one of America's most common respiratory diseases, with one particular cause becoming more prevalent in winter: freezing temperatures. If you have asthma and are planning to spend time outdoors in the elements, cover your nose and mouth with a scarf or face warmer to keep you from breathing in the cold, dry air. Consider indoor exercise, like in a gym.
- Weight Gain: - Exercising every day can be a challenge already, so adding another barrier in the form of cold and unruly weather will effectively extinguish your motivation. The numbers on the scale can tend to creep up during reduced exercise because of the rich holiday foods and gatherings that involve large meals.
- Dry Skin: - During the winter, cold weather and low humidity can dehydrate your skin and make it look dull. To keep your skin healthy and to flush out contaminants, remember to drink at least 64 ounces of water daily. Treat the skin carefully, too. Resist strong soap, carefully shave use warm water instead of hot water, and massage your skin instead of dry rubbing. Hot water and strong soaps can dissolve the oil that maintains your skin healthy
- Flu: - During the year, you can get sick with flu virus at any time, but from late fall to early spring it is most common. As cold prevention, washing your hands will help prevent the flu virus from spreading. Nonetheless, the most important thing you can do to help prevent flu from spreading is to get a flu shot.
- Poor Indoor Air Quality: - During the cold winter months, people tend to spend more time indoors. While it may seem counter-intuitive, indoor air quality is typically significantly lower than outdoor air quality. To improve the air quality- replace your air filters and have proper heating systems.
Remember to be safe and take care. The winter might be dark and gloomy, but your life doesn’t have to be!