Ah, the pink of health. We love that rosy glow and yet most of are not mindful about keeping our good health as the season changes. Instead, for some, such as our famous pink mascot, fall is all about fashion. For others, it’s about pumpkin spiced everything and Halloween. However you define the season, we all know that it is a precursor to old man winter and cold and flu season.
But most medical doctors and Doctor Google will not start to prescribe ways to prevent a cold or flu until December. Why wait? Fall is filled with wild temperature swings that can catch you off guard and land you under your blankets under the weather.
Research has shown that “cold spells are reliably followed by upticks in the number of deaths from respiratory disease…Some of this may have to do with a few infectious organisms, like flu viruses, thriving in colder temperatures, but there’s also evidence that exposure to cold temperatures suppresses the immune system, so the opportunities for infection increase.” (http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/out-in-the-cold)
It makes sense to prepare for the cold weather by keeping your immune system in great shape so that you will fare better against illness. Here are Penelope’s 8 favorite ways to keep ahead of the season by staying in the pink of health:
- Stay hydrated. Fall is the season of chapped lips, one of the first symptoms of dehydration.
- Keep your diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. The important vitamins and antioxidants in fresh foods boost the immune system to help keep you healthy and strong.
- Wash your hands – cover your mouth when you sneeze always wash your hands before you eat – in this category – avoid touching your nose, eyes, face
- Get enough sleep. Sleep. The chief nourisher at life’s feast.
- Get outdoors! Take some time outdoors while the sun is out! Vitamin D, produced in sun-exposed skin, is important for the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth and improves resistance to certain diseases.
- If you are sick, stay home! You will be doing your colleagues a favor and you will be giving your body time to heal.
- Dress appropriately. Becoming over heated can be riskier than cold exposure. Sweat pulls heat away from your body and can make you feel chilled. On the other hand, cold exposure to a certain point is good for circulation. Dress for the weather and dress in layers. For our mascot Penelope, our course, this means dress fashionably.