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Don’t let health issues spoil your winter

Friday - December 6, 2019 7:05 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL


WTN- How to ward off the winter ailments of the skin and other infections related to the season is a worrying question for mothers and youngsters alike. Freckled skin, white or dark patches, cracked feet or palms are common in these three months of brumal weather. For the old, cough, cold and heart related problems rise in these months. People try out different things to keep these risks away but not all work well.

For one, in winters we prefer to stay indoors to save from the cold and our exercise regime suffers. The point to remember is we should not stop exercise. It keeps the body fit and toned and lowers the chances of getting a bout of cold. Even if it is not possible to go outdoors, exercise or workout can also be arranged indoors. Slackness and over eating are more dangerous than cold in any case. We should enhance our protein intake in winters to keep the body warm and energised.

Also, winter comes with the possibilities of joint pains and stiffness. Omega 3 fatty acids must be added to the diet in winters as they have anti-inflammatory properties. Nuts and fish as well as plant seeds are some common sources of Omega 3. Mushrooms are also advised more in the winters because they have antibiotic and immune-boosting properties which save from various minor illnesses of the season. In winters we can also spike the use of spices in our food. Garlic, onion, black pepper, ginger etc. are known to have immune boosting properties which keep the body warm and safe. Citrus fruits to increase Vitamin C in the body are also often very useful.

Another mandatory practice for good health which we often tend to ignore is hand washing. Winter is a time of cold and flu and it is only frequent hand washing through the day that can save us from freak and frequent infections. We should also use a handkerchief when sneezing or coughing so that those around us are safe. Contrary to popular belief, it is the winter season and not rainy season that breeds the most germs and enhances chances of afflictions, which, due to the nippiness of the weather, take much longer to heal.

Children are especially vulnerable and they must be worn heavy woolens and kept away from family members who have got cold. Apart from these, plenty of water should be consumed because in winters we are more prone to avoid drinking water as frequently. Moreover, preferably tepid water should be consumed and mixing of honey or lemon juice in it further helps in boosting immunity. Bathing in warm water also helps in keeping the immune system more in shape.

So far as skin dryness is concerned, sleeping long with the heater on should be avoided as it sucks the natural moisture from the skin, and the hands, arms, palms and legs should be properly embalmed with moisturisers or petroleum jellies from time to time to keep them smooth and help them retain the natural smoothness.- Window To News