Staying Healthy Through Changing Seasons
The different seasons of the year showcase the beauty of nature in myriad ways. Each season brings with it a change which is truly welcoming. The warmth of summer after a bone-chilling winter, the fresh rains after a dry and sweltering summer, the cool winters after the monsoon downpour – all add up to a refreshing lifestyle. Yet, these seasonal changes can also bring in their wake some health problems which can be life debilitating. Climatic and temperature inconsistencies lead to allergies, infections, diseases and also weight fluctuations. In this scenario, the secret to a healthy life is FLEXIBILITY – the ability to adapt our lifestyles to the challenges of changing seasons across the year. So that you can stay healthy throughout the year, irrespective of the seasonal changes or vagaries of the Indian weather!
Tips for Holistic Wellbeing
Sizzling Summer: Temperature aside, summer is probably the healthiest time of the year. The days are longer and we tend to spend much more time outdoors. However, while enjoying the sun outside, you need to protect yourselves from over-exposure by either wearing a hat or carrying an umbrella. Putting on a generous coat of sunscreen helps reduce sun burn and prevent sun allergy.
The summer sun is a scorcher and it is of utmost importance to keep yourself well hydrated with fluids like coconut water, buttermilk, fresh fruit juices and of course water. In fact, it’s a good idea to carry a water bottle everywhere you go. Avoid aerated drinks, heavily spiced and oily food. Having a balanced diet, including fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables helps build your immunity.
Refreshing Rains: After the summer heat, comes some relief with the monsoon showers. However, although the weather does get cooler, the rains bring their own set of challenges. Our body, especially the digestive system, becomes prone to sickness. Most diseases contracted during this time are water-borne. So it is best to avoid street food during this season. Also try to drink boiled and filtered water, if possible.
Although it might sound tempting or romantic, avoid walking in the rain as there is a danger of catching fungal infection or even a bacterial disease like leptospirosis. If you can’t resist the temptation, do remember to wash yourself with a strong anti-bacterial soap when you come back home. Use a mosquito repellent both indoors and outdoors.
Cool Winter: The winter months bring with them our favourite festivals, holidays and times of partying and feasting. Since the days are shorter and temperatures lower, our bodies become naturally prone to lethargy. Thus, finding the motivation to exercise is sometimes difficult. All these factors contribute to weight gain and lowered immunity, which in turn makes you susceptible to illnesses. To lower the risk of undesired illness, certain precautions can be taken.
Eating citrus fruits for a daily dose of Vitamin C and including vegetables rich in Vitamin A in your diet is a good way of boosting your immunity. Consuming herbal teas with lemon and honey is good too. Cooking with spices like turmeric, ginger and garlic will help you fight inflammation and infections. Pushing yourself to exercise, be it yoga, aerobics or strength training, will not only make you feel physically and mentally better but will also help keep those extra pounds away.
Once you start adapting your life based on these seasonal changes, you can feel the gradual change in your health – physical and mental. And while you are at it, remember to have the best health insurance plan to protect yourself and your loved ones. You can opt for a family health plan to get better coverage for your entire family, or take an individual policy if you prefer. For more details, do check out our Health Insurance plans.
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