Fall Health Tips
You don’t need the calendar to tell that the season is changing. You can feel it on the cooler weather especially at night and the great amount of falling leaves everywhere. Finally, fall is here. Being known as the flu season, we all need to be more careful with our health to avoid getting ill.
Shaw Chiropractic suggests the following tips to help you and your family stay in top health and be your best during the season and all year long. I had to remove their ideas of taking a flu shot though since I don’t believe in flu shots unless you are in a risk group.
- Indoor shopping malls are great places to walk and often have walkers clubs that offer discounts.
- If you exercise by walking outdoors, locate places you can walk that are protected from harsh weather.
- With the weather getting colder, take a few minutes to warm up your body and stretch your muscles before you exercise.
- Protect your nose and mouth if it’s really cold to warm up the air before it enters your lungs.
2. Healthy Diet
- Add all the fall vegetables to your diet.
- Root vegetables are in season now and are an inexpensive and nutritious way to add variety to your diet.
3. Drink More Water
- Drink plenty of water so your mucous membranes stay hydrated, working much more effectively to filter our disease causing organisms.
- Don’t let the cold temperatures fool you. If there’s snow, it reflects the sun’s rays and can quickly burn your skin.
- If you can’t find certified organic sunscreens, eat healthy foods that boost your natural sun protection.
5. 2nd-hand Smoke
- You may find yourself behind closed doors and windows with a smoker. Bring a handkerchief or use anything handy to protect your nose from inhaling smoke.
- Check your home for proper ventilation.
6. Healthy Habits
- Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
- Wash your hands often to help stop the spread of the season’s cold and flu germs.
7. Hats and Gloves
- The hat keeps warmth from escaping through the top of your head-a major source of body heat loss.
- The gloves help prevent painful frostbite.
8. Be Aware of Fall Allergies
- Reduce your exposure to Fall allergens.
- Avoid going outdoors in the morning hours between 5:00 and 10:00 a.m. when pollen dispersal is peaking.
- Avoid lots and fields where ragweed grows.
- Shower and wash hair immediately after coming in from outside activities and before going to bed.
- Keep the windows and doors of your home and car closed.
It doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the season and the great outdoors. Just make sure that you and your family are protected from the many health risks that this season brings.
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