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Fall Health Tips

Posted Sep 25 2009 10:06pm

fallfamily_Jthree_sm You don’t need the calendar to tell that the season is changing. You can feel it on the cooler weather especially at night and the great amount of falling leaves everywhere. Finally, autumn is here. Being known as the flu season, we all need to be more careful with our health to avoid getting ill.

Shaw Chiropractic suggests the following tips to help you and your family stay in top health and be your best during the season and all year long.

1. Flu Shots

  • Check with your doctor or your local public health department to find out when the annual flu shot is available.
  • If your doctor can give you the shot in the clinic combine it with a check-up.
  • If flu shot is not available with your doctor, check on local events for flu shot administration.
  • Flu shot is most recommended those with a health condition such as diabetes or heart disease that makes them more at risk for the serious complications of the flu.

2. Exercise

  • Indoor shopping malls are great places to walk and often have walkers clubs that offer discounts.
  • If you exercise by walking outdoors, locate places you can walk that are protected from harsh weather.
  • With the weather getting colder, take a few minutes to warm up your body and stretch your muscles before you exercise.
  • Protect your nose and mouth if it’s really cold to warm up the air before it enters your lungs.

3. Healthy Diet

  • Add all the fall vegetables to your diet.
  • Root vegetables are in season now and are an inexpensive and nutritious way to add variety to your diet.

4. Drink More Water

  • Drink plenty of water so your mucous membranes stay hydrated, working much more effectively to filter our disease causing organisms.

5. Sunscreen

6. 2nd-hand Smoke

  • You may find yourself behind closed doors and windows with a smoker. Bring a handkerchief or use anything handy to protect your nose from inhaling smoke.
  • Check your home for proper ventilation.

7. Healthy Habits

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
  • Wash your hands often to help stop the spread of the season’s cold and flu germs.

8. Hats and Gloves

  • The hat keeps warmth from escaping through the top of your head-a major source of body heat loss.
  • The gloves help prevent painful frostbite.

9. Be Aware of Fall Allergies

  • Reduce your exposure to Fall allergens.
  • Avoid going outdoors in the morning hours between 5:00 and 10:00 a.m. when pollen dispersal is peaking.
  • Avoid lots and fields where ragweed grows.
  • Shower and wash hair immediately after coming in from outside activities and before going to bed.
  • Keep the windows and doors of your home and car closed.

It doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the season and the great outdoors. Just  make sure that you and your family are protected from the many health risks that this season brings.

Image by Jthree.

Tags:allergies, fall season, flu, health tips

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