Staying Healthy in Unhealthy Times
With Thanksgiving, months away and Christmas to follow and the change in time and weather can leave us at risk with everything that this time of year brings on. It is getting colder and people are getting sick from the spread of illnesses like colds, flu, and the Coronavirus. Then there is the stress that preparing for the holidays brings on and the celebrating that goes on. But you can stay healthy in unhealthy times.
First, you can start by getting plenty of rest. The time of sleep is the time that the body repairs itself and carries out much-needed bodily processes. You should get about 7 to 8 hours each night. It is not always practical to do so but you should get as much rest as you can. A tired, fatigued, body leans itself to a weakened immune system and thus allows those nasty bugs of cold and flu and the Coronavirus to invade our bodies and wreak havoc where they reside, the upper respiratory system, and other locations in the body. Also, rest is good for the psyche as well. A person that is well-rested is not as irritable as a rested one and they are usually happier and that adds another plus for the immune system.
Secondly, it is good to eat well-balanced nourishing meals. The vitamins and minerals you need to keep us healthy come from these foods as well as providing the fuel you need. Just like an automobile that needs the proper fuel to run efficiently, the body needs the proper foods to stay healthy. Be careful not to overload your body with a lot of sugary snacks, desserts, and drinks, and other junk foods that happen to be available at this time of year. Don't forget to drink enough water. Most times you may only think of drinking water in the spring and summer months when you perspire a lot. But remember the body still needs the same amount of water at all times. Most authorities suggest that drinking 8 8 ounce glasses of water each day is sufficient. Water is needed for a lot of metabolic activities that go on in the body. Don't forget the body loses water via several elimination pathways such as through the urinary tract, digest