Home Remedies to Treat Winter Ailments

by Sam Malone

With the onset of winter you can expect to be confronted with a variety of winter ailments. The human body takes time to adjust to any kind of change, whether it is a change in diet, a change in geography, or a change in temperature and climate. Every time the season changes, our body takes time to get accustomed to it, giving infections an opportunity to attack it. During this period of adjustment to the changing season, the body's immunity tends to be low and therefore the body is susceptible to attacks from viruses and bacteria.

As soon as the body experiences a drop in the external temperature, the process to get accustomed to the new climate begins. This is the time when most people start to suffer from ailments like the common cold, coughs, sore throats, and the flu.

Some of the other common winter ailments include dry and itchy skin, seasonal allergies, chest congestion, and runny noses. People suffering from diseases like arthritis and asthma suffer even more as their symptoms aggravate greatly during this period of winters. Here's what can be done to prepare for the approaching season and keep those winter ailments at bay.

  • A majority of the winter ailments occur due to a weak immune system and flagging health. A strong immune system can not only shield the body against common ailments and infections but also ward off other, more serious disorders and diseases. The immune system can be kept healthy by eating good, healthy food. A balanced meal can help a person keep fit. Taking plenty of rest and exposing the body to adequate sunlight can also improve immunity.
  • It is important to prepare the body well in advance for a change in the season. It is more important, however, to be logistically prepared for the changing season. A lot of people fall prey to the changing weather because they are ill prepared for it. It gets quite chilly in the night and therefore adequate measures should be taken to keep the body warm. Make sure that your air conditioning and other heating devices are in proper working order and warm clothes should be prepared well in advance.
  • The cold and dry weather tends to dry the skin more readily. Dry skin may crack and chap to form sores. It is better to drink lots of water and use water based moisturizers to keep the skin hydrated and prevent drying. Natural oils like jojoba, coconut, and avocado oils are great when smeared on the body. They can help soothe the skin and should be included in daily grooming routine during winters.
  • Plenty of nutrition can help take care of both your health and your skin. Vitamins like vitamin C help boost immunity. Vitamin C can also help prevent common cold and flu.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
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