Bacteria and viruses are commonly found around us and they are mostly the cause of infection among children and adults alike. However, most of them do not thrive well in heat, in fact only a few are resistant to it. Most of them are cold-loving ad thrive well in cold areas hence, we come to realize that we often get sick during the cold months. During these times, we should be extra careful of the daily activities that we do. We should follow top health tips to be able to keep healthy during this winter season.Most parents worry about their children’s health during this period. Commonly, we can observe kids who are susceptible and suffering from illnesses and allergies. Most of these diseases are caused by the viruses that thrive well in cold areas. Even if there is an improvement in the temperature, we cannot easily get rid of these harmful microorganisms. The common cold is a particular example of virus-related illness. During the winter months, many children are afflicted by it.It bothers most parents why this is so and they are in a constant search to find ways on their kids getting through the winter without being sick all the time. Here are some tips to follow in order to have knowledge on how to keep healthy throughout the cold months.- Nothing can compare to one practicing a balanced diet. Fruits and vegetables should always be included in the daily meals. They work for strengthening the immune system and help fight diseases away. Always keep yourself away from the empty-calorie junk foods. When cooking soup, make sure that it reaches the boiling point to kill harmful heat-resistant bacteria. Enough carbohydrates eaten everyday will provide all the energy needed by the body to keep going. Some of these foods include rice, bread, root crops, and cereals.- During the day and even at night, herbal teas are good for the body. Some spices offer added warmth for the body such as onion, garlic and pepper and should be included in the daily diet.- Taking a hot shower will calm down the stressed-up muscles and relax the tired body after a hard-day’s work.- Do not forget your daily routine exercises. Physical activities add to the warmth of the body and they are needed to keep fit.- It is important to keep the body hydrated throughout the day. This can be done by regular drinking of water, beverages and soups taken after meals or in-between meals.Following these easy tips helps keep away from contacting sicknesses during these winter months. Aside from being healthy, this will allow you and the family to enjoy the holidays even more.
Get Ready for Allergy SeasonIf you don’t want to be stuck using anti-histamines all spring, consider some natural therapies. For instance, certain allergies are related to certain foods – by eliminating those foods, even hay fever can be eliminated. Cleansing, especially candida, liver or colon cleanses can also be very effective for allergy relief, as are homeopathics.Consider Becoming an Early BirdStudies have shown that people who wake up earlier are healthier than night owls who completely miss the morning light. Especially after our long winter with no light, it will do you good to take advantage of the early morning light and the vitamin D it gives. Vitamin D has been found (when paired with a healthy diet) to reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer by two-thirds.Get DirtyThis has a few different connotations – feel free to explore whatever meaning you give “dirty” (spring fever anyone?). However, I am referring to dirty in the most literal sense. Who here doesn’t remember playing in the puddles as a kid? Heck, who doesn’t remember EATING mud as a kid? Not only is exposure to a little dirt good for your inner kid (and your outer kids), exposure to bacteria is important to build healthy immune systems. So go out and play in the mud!Eat Seasonally’Tis the season for eating spring baby greens! When you are choosing greens, go for a mix of tastes: mild, bitter, peppery and spicy. A good example is a mix of dandelion greens, arugula, escarole, frisée, radicchio and endive. Spring greens are excellent for bone health and the digestive system, increasing digestive juices and enzymes in your liver, pancreas and stomach. Eat them before your dinner to improve your overall health.Stop and Smell the TulipsEven if you don’t know how to meditate, one of the most valuable principles is to live in the present. I realize you have a lot to do – we all do – but stop every once in a while and just enjoy all the beauty in your life. Do only what you are doing, be only where you are. Stop multi-tasking so much and just be. In addition, research is showing that being outdoors can have benefits for both your physical and mental health. So breathe it all in and stop fussing about everything, at least for a bit.Spring is full of transition and promise. Enjoy it. If you need help with allergies, cleanses or setting some goals to take advantage of the newness of spring, please consult a holistic health practitioner.