Cold Flu – Does Being Cold Make You Sick?
With the approach of autumn, we welcome that slight chill in the air after the relentless heat of the summer. We look forward to the brilliant colors of the changing leaves and digging out our favorite sweater. Cooler temperatures and shortened days also signal the start of cold flu season and the time to prepare is now.
In winter we spend more time indoors, in rooms that may not get a lot of circulation, giving us more opportunities to be exposed to respiratory viruses. The winter air, inside and outside, also tends to be less humid, drying nasal passages and making them more vulnerable to viral invasion.
Cold flu generally emerges during winters. The chill of cold weather drives people indoors, increasing person to person contact in close quarters, which readily spreads nasty viruses. A relatively new theory is that with the decreased amount of daylight we produce less vitamin D. It is well known that vitamin D in important in building strong bones, but new research is revealing that this vitamin is instrumental in maintaining a healthy immune system as well.
Frigid temperatures also encourage people to become less active, since they are able to perform fewer activities outside, such as yard work and outdoor sports. These factors weaken the immune system, making the body more susceptible to illnesses. Poor diet and exercise also contribute to a weakened immune system. These issues are also prevalent during the winter season and results leads to cold flu and other problems.
During winters, laziness, poor nutrition and less physical activities not only make you sick but it also leads to weight gain and lower immunity. So, this winter fight off all your laziness. Here are a few reasons that why you get more sick in winter.
Lack of physical activity: Spending all day in indoor not only makes you feel sluggish, it can leave your immune system sluggish, too. Studies show that regular, moderate exercise like a daily 30 minute walk increases the level of leukocytes, an immune system cell that fights infection. When you’re a non-exerciser, your risk of infections such as cold increase as compared to those who exercise.
Nutritional Deficiency: When your body lacks nutrition, you will have a weak immune system. Since our bodies cannot produce nutrients needed for optimal health, quality food plays a major factor in keeping our cells healthy and our immune system strong. Food not only provides energy to your body, but all the nutrients that are essential for a healthy immune system.
Lack of drinking healthy water: In winters we drink less water and drinking less water lead to dehydration. Dehydration means the cells just simply do not have enough fluid. Dehydration cause medical problems including pain, arthritis, asthma, and allergies, among other medical issues. It can affect your energy and your sleep, and the ability to get toxins/waste material out of the body.
Stress: Everyone has some stress in their lives. And short-term stress may actually boost the immune system. But chronic stress has the opposite effect. It makes you more vulnerable to illness, from colds to serious diseases. Chronic stress exposes your body to a steady cascade of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, which suppress the immune system.
So lead a healthy lifestyle, eating balanced nutritious diet and taking part in regular activities [Indoor/outdoor], to best cold flu and enjoy a disease free winters!— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
Food With Fat For Health Benefits
Fat has an important role to play in the smooth functioning of body just like how protein is important for muscle building, carbohydrates for energy and vitamins and minerals for other nutrition. The minimum requirement of essential fat for men is 2-5% and women is 10-12%, anything below which physical and psychological health would be effected. When one consumes fat more than the daily requirement it then it gets stored in the belly, thighs and all over the body. Fat helps in healthy cell function and keeps the skin healthy and stores energy in the body and provides 9 calories per 1 gm of fat.
Essential fat is required for brain functioning, bone marrows, central nervous system muscles and healthy functioning of the body
It provides cushion to internal organs of the chest and abdomen. These essential fats are often confused with the bad fats that increase the LDL bad Cholesterol. Essential fats actually increase the HDL good cholesterol levels improving heart health and improves the flow of blood in the arteries.
Here is a list of Fatty foods for good health