MEASURES TO KEEP THE BODY WARM TO AVOID DISEASE IN WINTER
???? December 20/2023
Sudden cold weather causes respiratory diseases in the elderly and children to increase. Patients with asthma will relapse and get worse. To protect your health in winter, keeping your body warm is extremely necessary. Below is useful advice not only for people who are sick but also for people with normal health to get through the cold winter. Wear warm enough clothes. This is the simplest and most effective way to keep your body warm. However, you should not wear thick clothes, but should wear thin clothes with many layers, so that the cold wind cannot penetrate the body. For children, wearing layers of clothing also helps them take off their clothes when they sweat while playing or sleeping. If a child’s sweat is not wiped off promptly, it can seep back into the body causing respiratory diseases. The first rule to prevent respiratory diseases is to keep the nose – neck – chest area warm. When staying indoors, you should also wear cold-protective clothing, choose a turtleneck, and wear a scarf. You should equip a heater or heater to warm the air and close the door to prevent drafts from entering the house. When going out, you must wear a mask to avoid inhaling cold air, which will greatly affect the ears, nose, throat, and respiratory tract. Be especially careful not to wear clothes when it’s cold because this can make you susceptible to pneumonia and stroke.
Eating enough nutrients, eating enough sugar, protein, especially fat helps the body have the substrate to produce energy to fight the cold. You should eat foods that are thoroughly cooked, soft, easy to digest, small in quantity but of good quality such as soup, meat porridge, stews… Divide into many small meals. You should eat foods rich in calories in the morning and lunch, and have a lighter dinner with some fruit. Avoid eating too much and drinking too much at dinner because it can cause insomnia due to bloating, gas, and frequent urination. Besides, you need to eat warm foods, sprinkled with a little pepper will help warm the lungs. Increase fruits that keep the lungs warm and are good for the respiratory system such as longan, mango, guava… Drinking tea every morning is also a good habit to help the respiratory system become healthier. Soak your feet in warm water In winter, cold weather causes blood vessels under the skin to shrink, blood circulation slows… One of the parts of the body that is sensitive to cold is the feet. Therefore, in addition to keeping the body warm, special attention must be paid to taking care of and keeping the feet warm. Keeping your feet healthy is the way to protect your health in the winter. Every night before going to bed, you should soak your feet in a basin of warm water with a little salt for about 10-15 minutes. If possible, you can use warm water mixed with a little peppermint essential oil, patchouli or boil water with lemon leaves, eucalyptus leaves, etc. Soaking your feet in warm water will help “warm” both your feet and body, helping you have a good night’s sleep. Note, when coming back from a cold day outside, you should not immediately warm your feet near a fire or heater, even if it is electric. Do not use hot packs, even heating blankets that are too hot. Use short socks made of cotton or wool. You should wear shoes with thick soles and insoles. You should regularly change socks and keep your feet clean. Do not bathe for long periods of time and limit exercise early in the morning or late at night. Bathing for too long or in cold water when the outdoor temperature drops is extremely dangerous, even leading to death. Therefore, it is necessary to increase the bath water temperature, bathe in a well-ventilated room and absolutely do not bathe for too long. If the outdoor temperature is too low, you should limit bathing too much, just cleaning with a damp cloth and bathing once every 2 days is enough. You should not sit in one place because of cold weather but should exercise regularly. In the morning and evening, you can exercise and walk about 30 minutes a day. Walking is also the best way to improve blood circulation in the feet.
Putting pressure on the legs when walking is an action to push blood flow in the veins to the legs. While sitting and working or watching TV, you can flex your toes and stretch them out. Repeat this exercise when possible or do it for at least 10 minutes a day to help keep your legs healthy and reduce pain. However, take special note that the outdoor temperature in the early morning or late evening is often very cold and there are strong and toxic winds. Going out during this time will cause the body to get cold, easily lead to colds, affect the nervous system, and can cause mouth distortion. Even some people with too weak resistance, children or the elderly, leaving the house in such temperature conditions pose a potentially life-threatening risk. Therefore, exercise time in the morning will be later and in the afternoon earlier than other seasons of the year. Stay away from alcohol and beer Many people think that in cold weather, drinking alcohol will warm you up. However, drinking too much alcohol causes unpredictable harm to your health. Drinking alcohol, especially drunk in cold weather, is very dangerous and can easily lead to stroke. Many people have died due to drinking alcohol. When drinking alcohol, blood vessels dilate, when exposed to cold weather, the vessels suddenly constrict, blood pressure easily increases, causing stroke and death. The best way is not to drink alcohol. If you have to drink and get too drunk, don’t go out in the cold right away.