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Understanding Your Immune System And How To Stay Well

The cycle of the seasons and the results of climate change can make dressing for the weather difficult. If you’re one of those who stow the winter wardrobe until the season changes, it can be even trickier. Checking the weather reports will give you an idea of what’s to come, but it may not be enough. This week may be summertime hot, and next fall seasons cold. On top of it all, these fluctuations can make it easier for you to become ill. We’ll provide you with steps to help you avoid getting sick, even if caught out in the wrong clothes.

Understanding Your Immune System And How To Stay Well

Let’s start by eliminating some myths. Being caught out in the cold isn’t going to make you sick instantly. Our immune system is a complex and resilient part of staying well. What happens when you get cold is that it becomes somewhat repressed. If you are blessed with a resilient immune system, then a little time in the cold isn’t going to hurt you. Getting too hot is often more dangerous in the short term. It leads to dehydration, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke.

  • Stay Hydrated – So this brings us to our first point. Make sure you get plenty of water throughout the day. Several glasses of water throughout the day can help flush toxins, battle illness, and absorb nutrients properly.
  • Clear The Air – Mold, and pollen can be a problem during allergy season, but they aren’t the only threat out there. Research has shown that the spaces we live in often have the most polluted air. Ensuring that your home is fitted with proper HEPA filters and investing in an air purification system can help.
  • Exercise In The Great Outdoors – Working out at home or in the gym is great, but outdoors is best. The sun not only helps elevate your mood, but it also provides essential Vitamin D. When inclimate weather strikes, staying indoors is then the best option.
  • Rest – Our bodies require rest to be at their best. This fact is true for our immune system as well as staying alert and active. It even helps us heal faster. When possible, make sure you get those essential 7-8 hours a night.
  • Dress Right – Let’s start where we began. Wearing the right clothes provides effective defense against the weather. Whether you’re staying cool on hot days or bundling up on cold ones, your health will benefit. When the weather outside is unpredictable, be sure to dress in layers.  

Speak To Your Primary Health Provider For More Advice

Speaking to your doctor is often the best source for advice on these topics. While they may not have anything new to suggest, they know your medical history well. This knowledge means they’ll be aware of special conditions that may require additional consideration. Suppressed immune systems are just one example. Give them a call for help today!

Amrendra Kumar, MD

Dr Amrendra Kumar
Since obtaining his M.D. degree from Temple University in 2006, Dr. Amrendra Kumar’s active role as a medical teacher and physician has helped patients heal and have better control over their health. After opening MDFirst Primary & Urgent Care back in 2013, Dr. Kumar established a better standard of health for those in the Lancaster, SC area.

Amrendra Kumar, MD

Dr Amrendra Kumar
Since obtaining his M.D. degree from Temple University in 2006, Dr. Amrendra Kumar’s active role as a medical teacher and physician has helped patients heal and have better control over their health. After opening MDFirst Primary & Urgent Care back in 2013, Dr. Kumar established a better standard of health for those in the Lancaster, SC area.

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