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How to Avoid Winter Hazards (not just the cold and flu)

Last week, we talked about something we all fear this time of year, which is catching a cold or the flu. There are more things to be aware of and actively prevent during this cold season, so let's talk about them now.

I’m really excited that I've be starting to get to know more people, so I wanted to emphasize that we are changing the Facebook structure. Please, if you have questions, ask them. I’ll ask questions of you as well. If you have a response, just throw it into the comment section.

What is your biggest concern for the winter time?

Please add that to the comment section. Some people feel they have a higher risk for falls, or they always feel cold, so they also feel really worn out throughout the winter months. Some people have Seasonal Affective Disorder. Feel free to put that in the comments if you notice your mood changes. People really do miss the sun. If you miss the sun, you can put that in the comment section, too! We’ve had about 4-5 continuous days without the sun. As the season gets cold, we can welcome that for some things, and for some things it can make it harder. Who likes to take walks outside? Feel free to respond to these questions even when the video is not live, and I’ll be sure to respond to your comment.

A lot of people like to still be physically active in the winter, and it’s a really good idea. Sometimes people need to change their mindset from being very athletic in the summer and kind of grueling and sweating it out to maybe a more gentle approach to being outdoors. The body works harder when it is cold, so you don’t necessarily have to be as strenuous in your activity to receive the benefit. The body is working, at the cellular level, to make heat. Even if you’re all bundled up, your body is working to make heat. I’m not necessarily advising that you go out when there is a temperature hazard, that’s not my point. When it’s cold, as long as you’re bundled up, hands are covered with gloves, you have a hat on, and your throat is protected by a scarf, then you will do well to take a stroll.

A stroll is something that your body can enjoy being outside. It allows thermoregulation, your body working at the cellular level, but it doesn’t make you breathe in excessive amounts of cold air like you would if you were running. In the summer, the air is much closer to our body temperature, and it’s not so strenuous on our body to take in all that cold air. When you’re running, or you’re someone who has to go from cold outside to hot inside and you have uncontrolled coughing spells, then there are things that you can do to help yourself. Make sure your neck is covered and protected as you go from outside to inside and inside to outside so that your neck stays warm. The other thing we can talk about here are herbal supplementations, like thyme. Thyme actually eases bronchospasms, or spasming of the upper airways. If you notice that, please contact our office for more information and we can help you out with that.

Breathing in cold air can be problematic. Also, when you’re moving around outside, it can be exhausting. You might want to consider moving at a slower pace, because you’re still going to receive a lot of benefits from walking, and your body is working really hard to regulate your temperature.

Ligaments are the support structure between the bones. They are all around your knees, hips, ankles. They can get cold in cold weather and be more difficult to warm up because they have a more reduced blood supply than other tissues like muscles and bone. So, you want to make sure if you’re getting outside or going for a walk, you get those ankle circles in, you get the thighs warmed up with squats, and this can help support the knee and bring in more motion before you get out to the cold weather. You don’t want to be someone who is having some ligamentous tension already; this will make you more prone to injury outside because the ligaments are so much slower to warm up. Those ligaments are often around our joints, so make sure that your joints stay warm.

There is something trendy were people aren’t wearing very high socks, and that’s a bad idea if you are prone to having ligament problems. You want to make sure those joints stay warm. A younger person may be able to get away with this, but not so much when we are older. Something else to remember, especially once we are over 40, vitamin c is really important for our ligaments because elastin production is reduced once we are over 40. Elastin is part of the ligaments. You want to make sure that you are supplementing with vitamin c. Contact our office about that if you have any questions.

Another great thing that we have in our office that is really great for this is a sauna. We have a far infrared sauna. If you experience ligament problems, especially in the winter, you want to be working with us for sure. Send an email to hello@drmcswain.com to schedule a time in the sauna.

The second question that was posed as part of our Facebook live email is:

How is my skin affected by cold, windy weather.

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Our skin is the major defense organ for our body. When our skin starts to break down, we can be really affected by the cold, and it is harder for it to repair. You don’t have to experience that. You don’t have to wait for your skin to breakdown. Obviously, KPS Essentials has amazing products for your face and your neck, and you really want to give your body that nutrition so that you’re not having to deal with the problems. Also, recognize that Renu cream is all about healing, but a lot of people need extra moisturizer during the winter months, and you’ll want to get that from something like KPS Hydralux. That is penetrating to the cell so that the cell is keeping you hydrated and nourished and well. The breaking down of the skin is also making the body work harder because the immune system is having to work harder.

What are other major health risks in the winter months?

Fatigue is a major risk in the winter because we do more when we are outside. It is more taxing on our bodies. Perhaps follow more along with how the sun sets early. People have different sleep patterns in the winter, and that’s ok. People are more early rising, and that’s ok. Then there is also more depletion related to decreased sun. This is vitamin d. Vitamin D. VITAMIN D.

We are now offering vitamin D shots in our vitamin clinic.

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Research shows that if you have a vitamin d shot, it’s going to last longer and have higher values in your body at even four months post-shot than if you’re taking it orally everyday. If you’re ready for your vitamin shot, contact our office. Vitamin d is integral to your mood, it gives you more energy, it helps your gut with digestion. People have thyroid problems in the winter. You want to get your vitamin d and thyroid checked at least twice a year, preferably in the early winter so that you can work on correcting that if there’s a problem. We are not getting as much sun. Some people will actually use special lighting so that they have some time when they feel like their body is in the sun. We talked last week about flu and cold, but there are also cold sores that are immune suppressant. These appear when your immune system is having problems.

Those are some major winter health hazards. If anyone has questions, feel free to bring them up. We definitely appreciate you, and we love people talking to us via social media, so please don’t hesitate to post any questions!