Do you enjoy a sudden warmer day in the winter? How about opening up the window and turning up the heat just a day apart?
The truth is that these rapid weather changes can put you at a risk for getting sick.
According to a 2016 study, “our results suggest that rapid decreases in ambient temperature and rapid changes in relative humidity and atmospheric pressure increase stroke risk under temperate climate conditions. Individuals with a high cardiovascular risk profile seem to be at greater risk.”
Dr. Vikash Modi at Piedmont puts it this way, “Our bodies get used to a certain climate, and when those things change suddenly, our body has to try to adapt. Unfortunately, sometimes our bodies have a difficult time adjusting, which can trigger an illness.”
So what can you do to protect yourself from getting sick despite sudden weather changes?
A strategy that you likely didn’t think of is drinking water. According to The Urgent Care Walk-in Clinic, “Water protects your body from illness and disease by flushing toxins and helps you absorb nutrients.”
So if you see the weather changing it may be a good idea for you to stay on top of your water intake.
Do you get enough sleep? If you don’t it isn’t only your state of alertness that may suffer. You’re also putting yourself at a greater risk of getting sick. “Allowing your body to rest and recuperate from the day’s activities both mental and physical is vital. Without sleep our bodies cannot maintain a balance and be healthy in mind, body and spirit,” says Thathungrychef.com.
So make sure your body is well-rested to handle any rapid weather changes.
How does your body react to rapid weather changes?
Has something helped you not get sick during these times?
Please share in the comments below.