You can get sick when seasons change
- People get colds, flu and allergies when seasons change.
- Temperature changes do not directly cause these illnesses. Viruses cause them.
- The change in temperature helps some viruses to grow. That’s why more people get sick.
- Prepare ahead before summer ends. Take care of your health to avoid getting sick.
Take care of your health by:
- We slow down when it gets colder.
- It’s hard to go out and stay active when it’s cold outside.
- To stay active:
- Shift to indoor exercises like yoga or tai-chi.
- Try Zumba or other types of aerobic workouts. Check exercise programs in your community centre.
- Use your treadmill or stationary bike.
- Follow easy workouts on YouTube.
20-minute total body workout for beginners (women)
Boosting your immunity
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables to keep your body strong and your mood up.
Drink water throughout the day.Get a flu shot.
- Apples, pears, grapefruits, tangerines, pomegranates, and kiwi are great sources of Vitamin C.
- These fruits will strengthen your immunity. They can also protect you from heart disease and certain cancers.
- Eat them raw. You can also mix them in salads for a fresh, tangy and healthy dish.
- Go to Farmer’s markets all over Manitoba. Fall is the time for pumpkins, sweet potatoes, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.
- They are cheap sources of fiber, iron, and other vitamins.
- Protect yourself. Prevent the virus from spreading to your family members.
- Find out where to get your free flu shot. Check the Schedule for Provincial Flu Clinics/Region.
Getting a physical check-up
- See your family doctor.
- Talk to your doctor about how to improve your health. Ask about nutrition and getting the right vitamins.
- Ask about health concerns that you may have.
- Get your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked. Even young people should have these checked.
Protecting your skin
- Always use sunscreen. Moisturize.
- The air gets drier as temperatures drop.
- Get a good body lotion. This will help keep your skin soft. It will correct some of the sun damage you may have gotten during summer.
- Get broad spectrum sunscreen. Use a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15. This will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays and skin cancer.
- Don’t forget your lips! Petroleum jelly is good for dry, cracked skin.
Preparing your mindset
- Prepare to slow down a bit in the fall.
- Some may be depressed or have low moods. The short days and less sunlight may affect them.
- They may just be sad because summer has ended.
- Others may have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Embrace the season and enjoy the cooler climate.
- It is a type of depression that usually starts in the fall.
- People with SAD have low energy and are moody.
- Some cannot function normally in their daily lives.
- Consult your family doctor if you feel any of these symptoms.
- Go outside.
- See the beautiful changing colours of nature.
- It will improve your mood.
Sources: Why do people get sick when the seasons change? Laura Geggel, Livescience.com; 15 best superfoods for fall, Health.com; Seasonal Affective Disorder, Canadian Mental Health Association. All accessed July 31, 2017.
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Stay happy and healthy this fall!
Check the fall Leisure Guide or your nearest immigrant serving organization or NISW . There are great activities for people of all ages.
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