The Philippines’ summer season is now officially over! We can now say goodbye to hot and dry summer and welcome the rainy season!
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) declares the beginning of the rainy season on May 18, 2022, at roughly 5:00 in the afternoon. For the sake of everyone’s knowledge, there are only two distinct seasons in the Philippines: (1) the rainy season, which normally lasts from June to November, and (2) the dry season. So, the dry season is further divided into the cool dry season (December to February) and the hot dry season (from March to May). Technically speaking, it’s too evident that the rainy season arrives too early in our country. Supposed to be the third week of May we are enjoying the summer season at the beach. Due to the sudden change of weather, here we’re preparing ourselves for the health issues such as the common cold and flu that are always more prevalent during the monsoons.
Most of us prefer the rain since it is the ideal time to unwind while sitting on a bench, admiring each drop of water, sipping a cup of hot coffee or a steaming bowl of soup, listening to music, and spending some quality time with our loved ones. However, some come with a downside and you’ve probably noticed individuals around you coughing, blowing their noses, and generally feeling unwell as a result of a virus.
The idea that “prevention is better than cure” is not new. Putting an emphasis on what matters to people in order to improve their health and wellbeing and prevent illness. Therefore, the following are effective healthy tips on how to avoid common colds that will help keep you and your family safe during the rainy season:
Always have your rain gear with you.
There is no way to avoid the light drizzles and heavy downpours because it is the rainy season. However, you should always carry an umbrella, a raincoat, and waterproof shoes with you. Your body will be shielded from the rain by wearing an umbrella or raincoat.
Consistently wash your hands.
Frequently wash your hands.
The symptoms of a common cold can get worse during the rainy season. The largest source of germs and illnesses on your body is your hands. Hand sanitizer should always be carried with you when you go outside to ensure the safety of everyone. When washing your hands, 20 seconds is recommended. When there isn’t a sink close by, wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer. As a result, you should be cautious about a few things, including washing your hands before and after meals, after sneezing or coughing, and before picking at cuts or wounds. Last but not least, refrain from touching your mouth, nose, or eyes with dirty hands.
Daily use of supplements and vitamins.
Better strengthen your immune system by taking ascorbic acid, or Vitamin C, and other multivitamins throughout the rainy season. The finest state of the body is maintained by supplements. During a time of year when you are more susceptible to illness, taking vitamins is particularly vital. Vitamin and mineral supplements need to be taken daily or as directed by your doctor, in addition to eating a balanced diet and doing regular exercise. Vitamins A, C (Ascorbic Acid), E, and Zinc support healthy bodies and reduce the likelihood of illness. Ensure you get enough fruits and veggies as well because consuming enough Vitamin C helps to lessen the intensity of cold symptoms.
Eat healthy food.
The arrival of the monsoon provides a refreshing break from the sweltering summer heat. But we must keep in mind that the monsoon brings a lot of problems along with it.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, healthful home-cooked meals, and other preventative measures are vital throughout the rainy season. While the majority of people take pleasure in the monsoon season, sitting back with a cup of tea or coffee and watching the rain, it is also true that the rainy season brings with it a number of health issues that put the body’s immune system to the test. Consider these healthy eating suggestions to prevent lowering your immune system:
(a)Consume seasonal fruits including apples, plums, cherries, peaches, papayas, and pomegranate to strengthen your immune system throughout the rainy season. These are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins A and C. Avoid pre-cut fruits and juices from roadside vendors, and only consume high-quality fresh fruits and drinks that you make yourself.
(b)To ensure that your gut flora is in good health, you should increase your intake of probiotics and fermented foods like yogurt, buttermilk, and pickled vegetables. Our intestinal system and gut contain beneficial bacteria called probiotics. These microbes can assist prevent bacteria from growing in our bodies as well as disease-fighting germs. These support the development of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which aids in the battle against pathogenic or unhealthy bacteria.
(c) Make sure to consume a lot of foods high in protein. Your immunity will be boosted and you’ll recover from illnesses faster if you include nutritious proteins in your meals. Dairy products, soy, eggs, chicken, and fish are excellent sources of high-protein- protein foods.
(d)Avoid eating raw veggies because they contain active bacteria and viruses that might infect you. Instead, opt for heated salads.
Some people don’t like the rainy season, despite the fact that most of us do because it is enjoying and relaxing. For people who enjoy working out, it could be a little frustrating. You have to skip the jog when it’s raining and you are simply too lazy to go to the gym in the overcast, damp weather.
To stay fit and healthy during the monsoons, regular exercise must be incorporated into your daily routine. Since it is unsafe to go outside for a morning walk owing to the rain, it is advised to exercise at home. Yoga, Zumba, and other free-hand workouts are all permitted.
Get adequate rest.
On days when it rains, the environment is dark because ominous clouds obscure the light. People become sleepy at this time as a result of a rise in the melatonin secreted by the brain.
Without a doubt, the most effective illness prevention is sleep. Don’t just go to sleep. It’s necessary to get enough sleep. Your body needs six to eight hours of sleep per night in order to fully recharge. Your body can replace and repair muscles, tissues, and aged cells while you sleep, and it will also help your immune system stay strong so it can defend your body from outside threats. You are more susceptible to illness when you don’t get enough sleep.
By getting vaccinated, you can protect both yourself and others.
Numerous health problems emerge when the monsoon approaches, which could impair our immune systems. There are germs everywhere—in our bodies, in our rooms, and in every corner. The influenza vaccine is, in fact, the strongest preventative measure for influenza protection, comparable only to receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. Your risk of problems from the flu is minimized if you get the vaccine. By getting vaccinated, you not only protect yourself but also those who cannot get vaccinated who live in your community. Vaccinate yourself if you can.
Hydrate yourself all the time.
To stay hydrated, drink plenty of water every day. Drinking plenty of water is essential for our health as the seasons change, whether it’s a sunny or rainy day. It is essential to ensure hydrated no matter what the season is.
Water increases blood circulation, which strengthens your immune system and keeps you free of allergies and infections while also purging your body of bacteria and germs. Your body can function properly and your immune system can be strengthened by staying hydrated. Additionally, it is important to protect you from bacteria and viruses because, during these times, the majority of infections are water- and air-borne.
To further prevent harmful germs and other pollutants, make sure to drink only boiling water. Six to eight glasses of water should be consumed each day. To keep your hydration levels high, you may choose to add a pinch of lemon or some chopped cucumber to the water if you find it to be too bland.
Take a warm shower.
A stressed body is relaxed when it enters a heated bath because the hot water raises body temperature. Muscle relaxation calms us mentally as much as physiologically. If you can, try to take a bath after being in the rain. You can regulate your body temperature and get rid of all the toxins that the rain has gathered on its approach to you by taking a bath.
Despite how much fun it is to splash around in puddles and dance in the rain, there is a disadvantage to the rainy season. A cold or the flu could strike you eventually. You must abide by all the advice to stay away from colds and coughs during this monsoon season if you want to prevent contagious infections. Hopefully, all of the above advice and healthy tips will be useful to you in reducing your risk of getting the common cold and assisting you in maintaining your health.
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