October is such an amazing month, but it is the start of another season other than Fall. It’s sick season! Illnesses increase and the chronically ill are greatly affected, sometimes ending up in the ER. Here’s why:
- School is in full swing
- Cold and Flu season
- Darker days = reduced vitamin D
- Low barometric pressure
- Reduction in exercise routine
- Increased asthma and allergies
- Seasonal depression
- Cold weather causes vasoconstriction, reducing blood flow and can be an issue with people who have previous constriction.
It is important to stay hydrated, frequently wash your hands, and take supplements to prevent deficiencies such as vitamin D. Low D can cause aches and pains, depression, and a weakened immune system. Vitamin C and Zinc can boost your immune system as well. Giving your body the best environment is helpful for preventing health issues over the next few months.
As the weather gets colder, we tend to exercise less. Lifestyle changes such as finding a new exercise routine in the winter and paying attention to your diet can help reduce health problems.
If you are sick, please stay home or wear a mask. Your germs could put someone in the hospital if they are chronically ill, elderly, or a patient with cardiac issues. Be considerate of others.
Self-care is a must. Now that you are reminded of the additional risks of health complications, I hope you prepare for the season and stay healthy.
This blog is not to replace medical professionals. Always talk to your doctor.