March 20th marked the first day of spring and with the new season comes a new groove to get into. But why do so many people get sick when this season rolls in? The shift in temperature from winter to spring introduces new viruses, ones that we aren't used to. The change in temperature allows these viruses to flourish and attack so many people.
How can you avoid those viruses and stay healthy all season long? We’ve compiled the most important wellness tips to keep you in tip top shape for the changing season.
Stick With the Prevention, New Yorkers!
In New York City, we are all aware of how many germs we encounter on a daily basis, like when we ride the subway or buses! In the winter, everybody is coughing, spreading their bacteria and since winter is often associated with getting sick, we might be more likely to bring hand sanitizer everywhere or wash our hands when we get off the subway. Well, that still applies.
People are still getting sick and everything we touch carries a lot of germs, so New Yorkers, you have to keep practicing the sickness-prevention. Because, Spring doesn't mean we get to slack on keeping ourselves healthy and it certainly doesn't mean that our city is magically rid of all the germs out there.
Get the Right Amount of Sleep
First and foremost, get your sleep. And, contrary to popular belief, the City does need sleep.
The recent time change may have messed with your circadian rhythm, but it’s important to claim back the power of your sleep again. Getting your eight hours per night will help your body regenerate and recover from the stress of everyday life and, more importantly, the stress of changing seasons. Falling asleep before 10pm every night is extremely important because that’s when you get your deepest slumber.
Having trouble falling asleep? Put those electronics away! The blue light that’s emitted from those devices that we can’t let go of negatively affects the production of melatonin (the hormone that controls your sleep and wake cycle).
Keep Allergies Away
When spring comes knocking on your door, do allergies tag along? The most common way to prevent allergies from flaring up are antihistamines, and they should be started sooner than later. Alternative prevention methods include Vitamin C (at 1000mg 3-4 times per day) and bioflavonoids, which includes quercetin and hesperidin (typically at 250-500mg 2-3 times per day). These will help stabilize mast cells, which are a part of the immune system.
Looking for a more natural way to keep those allergies away? Eat! Apples contain flavonoids that fend off inflammation, and citrus fruits have a dose of vitamin C that will do wonders for cold and allergy symptoms. Red grapes boast antioxidants and resveratrol; both of these fight inflammation. Fish and nuts have properties that boost immunity and fight inflammation, and collard greens are rich in carotenoids which reduce allergic reactions.
An often overlooked tip for wellness between changing seasons is to spend time outdoors. Going outside or talking a walk through the park can help put you back in balance with nature. And, in New York, we are not short of fantastic parks or botanic gardens to get our outdoor fix! So, exploring the park closest to you can be a great way of getting outside.
You’ve been cooped up all winter and studies show that spending time outside can help boost your immune system. The added light exercise from those walks will also have positive effects on your well-being. All you need is at least fifteen minutes a day!
Don’t Get Ahead of Yourself
Spring obviously brings warmer weather, but that doesn’t mean it happens overnight. While the temperature is slowly rising, there’s still brisk winds and chilly weather that reverse all the above mentioned wellness tips. Make sure you check the weather every day, and if it’s going to be a tad bit colder or a wind will be blowing through, grab that scarf. You don’t want to let your spring enthusiasm get ahead of you.
Springtime brings a rejuvenated spirit with it, so these wellness tips probably won't be too much of a hassle. The added energy that accompanies spring should help you adjust to the changing season, but if that’s not enough, these tips for your wellness will help do the trick.
How Apicha CHC Can Help
If you're interested in finding out more ways that you can align yourself with the changing season, requesting an appointment with Apicha CHC is the most responsible decision you can make. Talk with your doctor about what wellness tips work best for you and your body to stay healthy this Spring season!