How to stay healthy during the changing weather? Follow these tips

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The changing weather can affect our body's regulation and immune system that is why it is very important to practice healthy habits to avoid getting sick.
According to Better Health Channel, Climate change has been described by the World Health Organization as the biggest threat to health in the 21st century – it affects health and wellbeing in many ways:
• Directly, by the increased intensity and frequency of extreme weather events (such as heatwaves, floods, and bushfires); and
• Indirectly, through worsening air quality, changes in the spread of infectious diseases, threats to food and water, and effects on mental health.
Follow these tips to help you stay healthy even when the temperature changes, according to The Urgent Care and Rose Urgent Care & Family Practice:
1. Have a balanced diet
The best way to strengthen your immune system is by eating foods with lots of antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E. It is recommended for you to consume vegetables that can boost your immune system such as Arugula, celery, and other verdant varieties of greens.
There are also fruits and vegetables that contain lots of vitamins especially those with purple, blue, orange, and yellow hues.
2. Exercise regularly
Family doctors always recommend regular exercise as part of our daily routine. Having a quick run or walk outside is also helpful in getting fresh sunshine and Vitamin D for our bodies.
When you have an active lifestyle it can reinforce overall health and a strong immune system.
3. Dress accordingly
When the weather is hot, it is recommended for you to wear light clothes such as sando, sleeveless, shorts and other cotton outfits. When going outside, try to bring with you an umbrella, raincoat, and jacket for possible rain.
4. Get a flu shot
Coordinate with your family physician on when and where you can have your flu shots. It is very helpful to get flu shots.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu vaccination can reduce the severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick.
Furthermore, adults with flu vaccination have a 26% lower risk of ICU admission and a 31% lower risk of death from flu compared to those who were unvaccinated, based on the study from Science Direct.
5. Have enough sleep
Having seven to eight hours of sleep has great benefits to our immune system.
Based on Sleep Foundation, "sleep provides essential support to the immune system. Getting sufficient hours of high-quality sleep enables a well-balanced immune defense that features strong innate and adaptive immunity, efficient response to vaccines, and less severe allergic reactions."
It is very important to follow these tips in order to lessen the chance of getting sick. Remember, prevention is better than cure. So always stay healthy! (KBAPI)

Last Modified: 2022-Jun-23 18.36.58 UTC+0800