Preventing diseases during the climate change:

India is all set to welcome winters in the coming few days. The changing climate is often accompanied by cold, strep throat, fever and other health problems for many of us. However many of us might just swallow a pill of antibiotics while others might consult their family doctor. However, if you are aware and take necessary precautions, you can always fight these illnesses linked to the changing weather. Below are some tips and habits that will help you look after yourself and your loved ones.

1. Concentrate on water & liquid diet

      Indigestion is one of the first problems that crop up during the changing season and it is an indication from your body that it is in discomfort. An easy way to keep such problems at bay is to always stay hydrated. You need to ensure intake of at least 7 to 9 glasses of water every day. A good idea is to add more liquid to your diet like fresh juices, coconut water, tea, soups and curries.

2.Breathe clean air

     While it may seem like something outside your control, it is possible to manage the quality of air you are breathing – to an extent. One of the ways this can be done is by installing an air purifier at your home or workplace, which will reduce dust and other harmful substances in your surrounding environment. Alternately, you can also use some traditional methods, such as – lighting a salt crystal lamp or by keeping houseplants like lady palm or broad-leaf palm which naturally helps in purifying the air.

3. Focus on muscle work

     Keeping an active lifestyle, especially during the changing weather is an absolute necessity. You need to at least spend 30 minutes of your day doing intense physical workout. This will not only ensure good physical health, but will also uplift your mood and mental well-being. Regular exercises will reduce the chances of muscle and joint problems with climate change. In case you do not prefer stepping outdoors for the workout, you can always choose indoor options, like – yoga or exercises which can be done on a spot. You can also refer to online videos for help.

4.Do not compromise on sleep

      A good night sleep is incredibly important for your health – not just during the changing weather conditions, but also otherwise. If you wake up feeling less than refreshed, it means that your body is not getting sufficient amount of rest. Ideally, you should sleep for seven to eight hours – this is enough time for your body to strengthen the immune system and eliminate any toxins inside.

5.Make day-to-day decisions keeping in mind the weather change

     Small decisions like – what to wear on a particular day, or whether to step outdoors, or what and how much to eat in a meal – should vary depending on the weather change. You need to understand that your body reacts and takes time to adapt to sudden changes in the weather. This is why when your body’s regulation mechanisms are caught unaware, it affects the immune system. This is why you need to be extra cautious during the time and not hesitate to take proper medical advice whenever required.