Health During the Winter

During the winter, certain health problems can be more commonplace than they are during other times of the year. Some of these issues are minor and can be solved with relative ease, but others can actually be quite serious, and it is important to be aware of them. Today we will go through how we can prevent some of the challenges our bodies may face during the Winter.

Heart Attacks in the Winter

The most major problem is the increased rate of heart attacks during the Winter months. The cold itself is one of the causes for this. When it is cold, blood vessels can narrow, leading to an increase in blood pressure, and increasing the risk of a cardiac event. Keeping warm is the obvious solution to this, though you should avoid becoming overheated as that can also increase the risk of a heart attack.

You don’t have to live in a very cold area to have the increased risk of a heart attack. This is because even if you don’t face a tremendous blizzard every other week, the generally cooler weather and the lessened amount of sunlight can lead you to be less active and be more sedentary. This can lead to weight gain, higher cholesterol, and increased insulin resistance and a heightened risk of complications from diabetes. All of these can increase the likelihood of a heart attack, so it is important that we keep active during the winter. This might mean working out inside instead of outside, or moving the time that you exercise around so that you are doing so when it is light outside. 

Immune Health

A second winter problem is how much easier it is to get sick. Colds, flus, and other acute illnesses can thrive in the colder environment on top of the cold negatively impacting your immune system. Lack of activity comes into play here as well, as exercise tends to strengthen our immune systems. We also spend more time inside around other people, which can make it much easier to be exposed to a virus. Staying active, getting enough sleep, and eating right will help. Plus you can always consider an immune support supplement if you feel like you need a little extra help with getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals that your immune system needs to be at full strength.

Another way the immune system is affected is the decreased amount of Vitamin D that we get. This vitamin is important for a variety of reasons, and one of those is the support that provides for our immune responses. We get small amounts of Vitamin D through the food we eat, but we get most of it from sunlight. Since there is less sunlight in the winter, we can end up being left out in the cold when it comes to getting enough of the vital nutrient. The best solution once again is to get active during the daylight hours and do your best to get more of the vitamin in your diet. Since many Americans are deficient in Vitamin D even when it isn’t winter, taking a Vitamin D supplement might be necessary to ensure that you are getting all that you need. 

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Arthritis

Many people experience heightened pain and discomfort from arthritis during the winter. There are a number of possible reasons for this, including the effect colder temperatures and change in pressure can have on blood circulation and on the contraction of muscles. Another is the reduced amount of Vitamin D, which helps your body absorb calcium as one of its prime functions. The less Vitamin D you are getting, the harder it is for your body to maintain strong bones. Lack of activity rears its ugly head once again here, as not being active enough can actually make stiffness or pain in the joints worse.

Staying active and making sure that you are getting proper nutrients is obviously going to be very important, but you may still need some extra help. At Ways2Well we can help with our pain relief gel, Cryogel. Cryogel is a CBD based cold therapy gel that is great for aches, pains, soreness, and even minor injuries. If you struggle with putting a stop to 

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Dry Skin

It may not be as serious as arthritis or heart disease, but the cold isn’t kind to your skin either. The dry air and low humidity can wreak havoc on the moisture in your skin, leaving your skin dry and rough. The easiest way to combat this is simply by using a moisturizer or other skincare products that will help you fight the dryness and flakiness. 

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Mental Health

What affects your physical health can also affect your mental health, and it is no different in this case. The lack of sun, activity, and the changes that can happen to your diet or sleep schedule can lead to a case of winter blues. Luckily, the solutions are mostly the same. Maintaining your normal lifestyle of getting active, eating right, and maintaining a normal sleep schedule can make a world of difference. As always, if you feel like you need to talk to someone, please do so, whether it is somebody close to you or a professional. 

Even though we may be tempted to hibernate during the winter, and take time off from our normal activities. It is important to remember that our health never takes time off, and that we always need to be mindful of it, especially when it becomes more difficult to do so. Whether you need help with preventing serious health conditions like heart disease, or just reducing the odds that you get a cold, Ways2Well can help you be as healthy as you can be, all year long.

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