Spring time is right around the corner, and even though the temperatures may not get as cold in Florida as they do in the north, any Floridian is sure to notice some temperature fluctuations within the month of March. After all, March is in like a lion and out like a lamb, right?
The problem with such a fluctuation in temperatures is that it can easily cause a stubborn cold to pop up. Want to stay healthy during the change of the seasons? Follow these tips.
Wash your hands
While this may seem obvious, for some people, it can be easy to forget! Washing your hands is the best way to prevent the spread of germs and to keep you out of the urgent care doctor’s office. Don’t forget to sanitize your frequently touched items as well — we’re talking about your computer mouse and keyboard, gear shift and steering wheel in your car, and all doorknobs and handles around the house.
Don’t forget to watch what you eat
It can be all too easy to eat your favorite comfort foods when the weather is stormy and unwelcoming. And while it may be hard to focus on your weight loss efforts when it is chilly outside, it is important to stay as fit as possible because obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some preventable forms of cancer. Don’t let the weather be an excuse, and if you need some help on how to exercise inside, simply contact your family practice physician for tips and tricks.
Drink those fluids
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Since the temperatures are cooler outside, it can be easy to forget to drink up during the day. Drinking fluids can boost your immune system, increase brain function, and get rid of toxins in your system quickly — so keep a bottle of water handy at all times. Need an extra vitamin C boost? Orange juice does the trick.
Catch those Zzz’s
Some people face serious insomnia during this time of year, but staying up all night long will just negatively impact your immune system. Try embracing a cold room when you sleep, as colder temperatures make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep!
Need more tips? Contact our family practice physicians today to stay as healthy as you can!