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Combating Winter Health Issues

Dr.Neeraj Mehta profile Authored by Dr.Neeraj Mehta on 5 Feb 2016 - 13:01.


Cold and Cough
Cold is a viral infectious disease and one of the common medical problems during winters. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, and fever, which usually resolve in 4 to 6 days,

Tips for Relief:

  • Consume plenty of vegetables and fruits for vitamin C, garlic and hot peppers, which act as natural decongestants to reverse cold.
  • Relieve a cold with ginger tea.
  • Drink lots of luke warm water and also take a steam.
  • Avoid too much of tea, coffee and soft drinks.
  • Avoid dairy and fried food, because they lead to increase the production of mucus

Sore Throat
Another health challenge during winters, is some people are prone to developing a sore throat, when they consume any hot and cold drink or eat extra spicy food.

Tips for Relief:

  • Drink luke warm liquids, include clear soups and brew plenty of ginger tea to soothe the throat.
  • Avoid using your voice at high pitch, speak in a low. Gargle regularly with little warm water and put salt in it.
  • Pineapples are very beneficial in curing sore throat as they are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, thiamine, iron and manganese.
  • Add lemon to hot water or weak tea, to loosen mucus and ease pain and sore throat.
  • Clear soups and ginger tea soothe the throat

Urinary Problems
Normally we tend to drink less water during winters, and this results in less urine output and highly concentrated (the color looks dark yellowish) leading to a urinary infection. Changes in the kidneys' structure cause them to lose some of their ability to remove wastes from the blood. Also, the urinary bladder muscles and the ureter becomes somewhat stiff losing some of their strength because of cold weather.

Tips for Relief:

  • Hot spices must be strictly avoided.
  • Drinking plenty of water helps
  • Fresh lemon juice, fresh sugar cane juice, orange juice, coconut water and pineapple juice are extremely useful for this condition.
  • Plenty of fruits like grapefruit, apple, pineapple, grapes, peaches and plums, must be eaten.

Worsening of Asthma
The cold air that winter brings, can set off asthma attacks. Because of cold and contaminated air, upper respiratory infections are common during the winter which can cause asthma attacks.

The dry, cold air coursing through the nasal passages and large airways, irritate hair lining of the small airways, causing an asthma attack.

Tips for Relief:

  • Need to keep the prescribed medication close at hand and breathe through the nose, not mouth.
  • When going out from home, cover your nose and mouth.
  • It's possible that the stomach acid reflux that causes heartburn may damage lung airways and worsen asthma symptoms, so drinking pleanty of fluids helps to metabolize food easily.
  • Eating fruits and vegetables may increase lung function and reduce asthma symptoms.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly helps immensely. Being overweight can worsen asthma symptoms and can increase the risk of other health problems.
  • Including cardio and resistance exercises in your daily fitness regime helps to improve lung diffusion capacity in winters.

Skin Problems
One of the most common problem in winter is that of dry skin, because of lack of water balance in the body. When we consume less water, it leads to dryness of the skin.

Tips for Relief:

  • First remedy is to drink plenty of water. 
  • Applying a good moisturizer twice a day, once in the morning after bath and once at night for the entire body helps.
  • Instead of using soap which is high alkaline, using yogurt and besan can to keep skin soft and supple.
  • Applying sunscreen or a lighter day cream and a cream to increase moisturization of the skin when going out and also before going to bed at night, helps.
  • Manicuring and pedicuring, soaking limbs in lukewarm water enriched with light alkaline soap and drops of natural oils, helps.
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