Is the changing weather affecting your health? 5 tips to boost immunity, stay healthy& |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- The weather conditions are now changing in the country, as the northern states experience slightly cooler temperatures
- People commonly get sick during the season change, and this time the symptoms can overlap with those of COVID-19
- Here is an explanation of why the change in seasons makes you sick, and some tips on what you can do about it
New Delhi: With people already conscious about their health and stressing over the virus that has been plaguing the world for months now, the changing weather in the country is not helping. People are experiencing what they call being “under the weather” as the weather transitions from the monsoon season, to autumn-winter. With the sun setting early, and the night being colder than what they were, some people are experiencing symptoms such as a sore throat, cough, sneezes, etc, which become too much to deal with, along with the stress of the pandemic.
The fact that these symptoms often overlap with symptoms of COVID-19 also makes it worse and sends people into a frenzy. While there is nothing that anyone can do when it comes to the changing weather, understanding your body and ensuring it stays healthy to fight any diseases is the only way to move past it.
Why do we get sick when the weather changes?
Getting sick when the weather changes have become such an inevitable part of our lives, that we forget to question or understand why exactly it happens. While some people think that we develop the symptoms that we do because we are suddenly exposed to extreme weather – hot or cold, that is not true. In order to develop symptoms like cold and cough, one needs to come in contact with a pathogen. Then why do we get sick during the change in weather?
The changes in weather can affect your immunity, which thereby affects the ability of a pathogen to enter your body and cause disease. A change in the humidity can have an effect on how long can viruses and bacteria last in the air, how far can they travel, which also plays a major role in determining how likely you are to come in contact with them.
In a low-humidity, dry environment, your skin, eyes, nose, and mucous membranes, which are either the entry points of pathogens, or are responsible in some way to stop their entry, are dry, and therefore, less effective, which makes you more prone to infections.
How can you keep your immunity boosted and stay healthy during the change of weather?
- Use humidifiers – If you live in extremely cold, or dry climatic conditions, you can use humidifiers in the house to help reduce the risk of infections. However, it is recommended to not use the devices when someone in the house is already sick, as when the same air is ventilated in the room, it can lead to infection in others as well.
- Eat a healthy diet – While this is the most commonly given tip to keep your immunity boosted, the fact is that nothing can replace a healthy diet, or be as effective for immunity-boosting. Consuming a diet rich in vitamins and minerals can help keep the body healthy, and risk of infections at bay.
- Drink lots of fluids – Since dryness in the first line of defence of the body can lead to a higher risk of infections, it is recommended that you consume lots of fluids to provide hydration to the body, which will help in fighting the disease.
- Get a flu shot – A lot of people are getting flu shots this year, especially with mounting evidence that the vaccine may provide some degree of immunity against the novel coronavirus as well. If you are at a high-risk of such infections, you may consider getting vaccinated.
- Get plenty of rest – Sleep is restorative and regenerative, and extremely important to keep the risk of diseases at bay and keep your body healthy. If you do not get enough sleep or rest, your body is likely to be fatigued and tired, and unable to fight any diseases it may encounter.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.