Practical tips for a healthier winter
Winter depression, runny nose, cough and flu - winter brings some complaints. But that doesn't have to be the case, emphasizes the specialist for internal medicine Dr. Brent Bauer. He reveals some tips on how to get through the winter healthier.
Many people fear the dark days of winter. If you have to stay in closed rooms all the time, this can not only lead to depressive moods, it also increases the risk of contracting infectious diseases such as colds or flu. Dr. Brent Bauer, a specialist in internal medicine at the renowned Mayo Clinic, knows how to avoid the typical winter complaints.
Tip 1: don't hack!
Many people tend to spend as much time indoors as possible waiting for the end of winter. According to Bauer, however, this does not make you happier or healthier. "I think the best health tip for winter is to stay active," said the doctor.
You should really embrace winter. With the right winter equipment, trips and walks outdoors are also fun. If you don't always want to move outside, you can join winter at a gym. Partner sports such as dancing can also be practiced indoors.
Tip 2: Note indoor humidity!
"Colds and flu occur much more frequently in the winter months, and that depends very much on the humidity," emphasizes the specialist for internal medicine. If indoor humidity drops, the risk of colds and flu increases, according to Dr. Farmer. He therefore advises keeping the humidity in the house between 40 and 50 percent.
For more information on indoor humidity, see the article: Winter complaints: Humidifiers can help or hurt.
Tip 3: Pay attention to vitamin D!
"We get our vitamin D from the sun," explains Bauer. Since many people do not get as much sun in winter, most people have low vitamin D levels in the winter months. "There are some studies that suggest that a low vitamin D level can increase your susceptibility to colds and flu," emphasizes Dr. Farmer.
However, not everyone should take vitamin D pills in an uncontrolled manner. “If you are over 50 years old, you should have the values checked,” the doctor recommends. If vitamin D levels are too low, vitamin D supplements can help - at least in the winter months. (vb)
For more information on vitamin D, see the article: Vitamin D Deficiency - Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment.
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Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek