Do you feel the sad atmosphere because of the weather? We’re in the second half of the year, and the rains and wind won’t let the summer sun beat them! It’s a popular thing to get down with a cold during this season, but how do we arm ourselves to fight the common cold during these rainy days?
Our body is made of 70-80% water. A lack of water may lead to dehydration, which can lead to many ailments. During this rainy season, dehydration leads to excessive mucus production and build up in your body. If it builds up in your throat, it makes it itchy. If an excessive build up in the lungs happens, then your lungs may swell leading to Pneumonia.Allergic attacks can happen if we are dehydrated. Histamine, a substance that is involved in allergies, is produced more when dehydrated, leading to sneezing and blowing our nose more.
Health Tip: Drink at least 1-2 glasses of water per waking hour. During meal times, drink at least 1 glass of water. You can add a piece of lemon to add taste and Vitamin C to it.
- Eat fruits and vegetables instead of popping a pill.
Some fruits and vegetables are known to be rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C supports the skin’s barrier function against bacteria and viruses. It is a powerful antioxidant that potentially protects against oxidative stress, which is harmful to our body. It accumulates in white blood cells that eat bacteria. Overall, it enhances the process of microbial killing in the body.When we are stressed and down with flu, Vitamin C levels also go down in the blood. That’s why it’s important to eat our fruits and veggies to pull the levels up to strengthen our body’s immune system.
Health Tip: Eat more fruits and vegetables. Fruits rich in Vitamin C include guava, orange, strawberries, papaya, pineapple and mango. Vegetables rich in it include red and green pepper, broccoli, parsley, peas and cauliflower. Drink a warm hearty bowl of clear soup of horseradish (or malunggay). It has 7 times more Vitamin C than the orange!
- Prioritize sleep.
Do you tend to get sick when you haven’t had good sleep?A study done among twins last 2017 in the United States compared the relationship between the length of sleep and strength of the immune system. Between 2 identical twins, the one who slept less tended to have more swelling in the body. It’s consistent with studies showing that if sleep deprived persons are exposed to a rhinovirus, which is the most common cause of colds, they are more likely to get the virus. Long-term short sleep shuts down programs involved in our immune system.
Health Tip: When you’re down with flu, better sleep it out rather than pushing your limits. It just might save you further injuring yourself than resting a body tired from work and stress.
- Physical activity
In a scale of 1 to 10, how physically active are you? What fun physical activity have you done over the week? It’s been proven in Britain that having some form of exercise lowers the risk of having the sniffles. Those in the upper ¼ who do physical activity experiences 43% less of having symptoms of colds compared to the bottom ¼. It also decreases the incidence of colds anywhere from 18-67%.Health Tip: When you’re feeling better, you can walk around the house and do light activities. Try tai chi or yoga and feel the stretch in your joints.
Those are some ways to ward off the colds this rainy season. Always, keep in mind the tips to stay healthy during the rainy season. A good balance of all these will help you build a stronger immune system, ready to weather the storm!
Blessing and healing,