DEALING WITH THE TRANSITIONAL SEASON
The transitional season is the period between the dry season and rainy season. It is marked by unpredictable weather changes, from a hot sunny day to heavy rain in seconds, and vice versa. Such condition allows viruses and bacteria to increase. In the mean time, our bodies are having a hard time adapting to the sudden changes of surrounding temperature. It’s no wonder we tend to get sick at this time of the year. Don’t worry! The following tips will help you deal with this transitional season.
1. You are what you eat!
Eating healthy food doesn’t mean munching vegetables all the time. You only have to make sure to eat things that contain all the nutrition needed, such as carbohydrates, proteins, fat, vitamins, and minerals. If you eat well, your body will repay you by gving you its best immune system. Don’t forget to drink a lot of water (at room temperature), minimum eight glasses a day, and cut back on sodas because they can lower your immune system
2. Sleep well!
Sleep deprivation can mess with your immune system. At a time when your immune system should be at its best, good quality rest is a must. Research also has proven that sleep can restore most damages done to your body. Give your body a fair share of rest to restore its top condition.
3. Be active!
Turn off that electronic gadget and put exercising on your tight schedule at least three times a week for thirty minutes. You don’t have to de heavy work out such as weightlifting or high impact aerobics, just move around and be physically active such as walk. Bike, do house chores, etc.
4. Be positive!
Stress can mess with our appetite and cause sleep deprivation, which weakens our immune system instead of fussing about an upcoming exam or a big problem, have a positive feeling about it: everything – either bad or good – will eventually pass.
5. Take supplements!
If you think it’s hard to fulfill your daily nutrition needs, take some nutritional supplements. Choose those with a complete vitamin B content (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B8 and B12),vitamin C, and zinc. Pay attention to the expiry date and registration number from BPOM.
6. Clean your environment!
Most viruses and bacteria grow in dirty environment. Cleaning your house and making sure to wash your hands before eating are the best ways to keep diseases away.
Taken from: Cool ‘n Smart Vol 10 No. 80 June-July 2011