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Seasonal Wellness and Winter Health Tips to Keep In Mind as Temperatures Drop

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Winter's coming, and to most people that means a season of sniffles, sneezing, and sore throats. But what if we told you there was something you could do to redefine it this year? Winter wellness practices like balanced nutrition, dressing for the weather, and regular exercise can go a long way in adult and pediatric healthcare alike.

Read down below for a list of top holiday precautions and winter health tips we encourage every New Albany, Tupelo, Pontotoc, Ripley, and Oxford family to follow as the temperatures drop.

Staying Active In Winter

The wintertime is a period of hibernation for bears, not humans. Union County residents don't have any excuses when it comes to missing exercise during the coldest months of the year, especially not when there are plenty of ways to get moving inside. Making physical activities like spinning, yoga, and weightlifting part of your weekly routine can help keep your body strong and healthy amidst the winter chill.

Getting Adequate Sleep

Not to contradict the importance of keeping active in winter, but sticking to a consistent sleep schedule can be extremely beneficial for our health. Making sure you're getting an adequate amount of quality sleep each night is essential for sustaining enough energy and strength throughout the day.

The Value of Balanced Nutrition and Hydration In Winter

Immune health is directly tied to healthy eating habits, so it's important to make sure you are providing your body with balanced nutrition this winter. Eating seasonal, locally available foods can help you stay nourished and energized throughout the colder months. Not only that, but drinking plenty of water, too. Hydration is a commonly overlooked health factor in winter. Even though you may perspire much less during colder months, it always remains essential to keep your body primed to fight off potential cases of flu and viruses.

Dressing for the Weather

Speaking of the immune system, there's nothing it hates more than sudden changes in temperature. New Albany is known for particularly unpredictable weather that can change quite quickly, making the need for local residents to be vigilant paramount throughout November, December, January, February, and beyond. At least three layers should do the trick: a lightweight base layer of synthetic material like polyester, which wicks moisture away from your skin; an insulating mid-layer of wool or down; and a waterproof outer shell that will keep you dry in unexpected showers. Of course, this all depends on the conditions that day—you'll want to adjust accordingly.

Keeping Over-the-Counter Medicine On Hand

Even with the above best practices for preventing winter illnesses implemented, there's still a possibility that you'll feel groggy at some point this winter. That's why at IM&PC, we always recommend stocking your home with everything you need to nip potential colds in the bud, like ibuprofen, throat lozenges, and decongestants ahead of time.

Commit to Staying Healthy In Winter

Your immune system is one of your body's most powerful defenses, and it needs to be taken care of year-round. But during the coldest months, you'll need to take extra steps to safeguard your health. Eating right, getting enough sleep, and taking vitamins are all important when it comes to keeping your body's immunity strong. If you're looking for one-on-one guidance, reach out to us at Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic New Albany. A leader in local health and community wellness services, our practice specializes in pediatric care, child safety, adult care, balanced nutrition advice, and more. We're ready to be your partner in cold weather health throughout the highs and lows of the season. Inquire today!

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