Saying goodbye to the Daily Heat and Sweat comes the welcome of the Rainy Season in full force. If you live in Lagos, Nigeria this is a welcome relief but not for those of us in the Island Region of Lagos, say, Lekki. It comes with floods, dirty streets, mosquitoes and all the rest. Generally, I love Rainy Season, everything is cool and green, sadly, it also comes with health concerns such as Fever, Common Cold, Catarrh, The Flu, Cholera, Dengue Fever, Malaria, Food and Water contamination or infection; yes Food and water contamination is prevalent in Rainy Season. Well, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy The Rain anymore, so here are some tips to keep you healthy…
- Keep Away From The Rain – ever wondered why people protected from the rain rarely get the Cold? Researchers found that chilling the body, especially the feet, can cause cold symptoms to appear in someone already prone to the cold virus. A theory is that in a bid to preserve warmth, the body restricts blood flow to our extremities including the nose. This results in a cold nose which cold viruses prefer! Our tip –don’t get caught out in the rain without a way to protect yourself.
- Keep Vitamin C Rolling In – Vitamin C also known as Ascorbic Acid, either in natural form or as a food supplement helps to speed up recovery from the cold virus. A healthy supply of the ‘C‘ is never a bad thing as it helps support your antibodies and reduce the severity of cold. Try to include red and green peppers, papaya and pineapple into your diet as they are good sources of vitamin C.
- Take a Hot/Warm Shower – Taking a shower be it a hot/warm one after you have been caught in the rain will slowly raise your body temperature whilst also getting rid of the germs and protecting you from many infections. If you don’t feel like having a shower, try soaking your feet in warm water.
- Drink Plenty Of Water – There’s nothing better than sipping on a warm drink while the rain pours outside. Keep your hydration levels up by drinking 6 to 8 cups of water a day with a squeeze of lemon. Warm water gets your blood circulation going, which leads to a strong immune system that can protect you against getting infections and allergies. If you enjoy teas and cocoa, you can also substitute your fruit-infused water with hot green tea and /or hot chocolate. Don’t forget that a bowl of Hot Soup isn’t a bad idea ( chicken broth soup keeps the cold and the flu away) because of it’s anti-inflammatory properties.
- Watch What You Eat – Keep nutrition in mind and try to stay away from fast foods and food vendors. Do more home cooked meals plus fruits and veggies. Always maintain high hygienic standards in the kitchen.
- Keep It Clean and Tidy – This is my favourite tip and the most important. To keep you from getting colds, cough, and influenza, regular hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria. Wash your hands properly by lathering soap between your fingers, under your nails and the top of your hands. Then rinse and dry your hands thoroughly too. The use of hand sanitizers is a welcome bonus. So even if you catch a cold, keep your hands clean by washing them regularly or use a hand sanitizer. In the rainy season, people are more likely to stay indoors and close the windows to stay warm. While this may seem nice and cosy, it’s important to note that germs are more likely to spread so hygiene is key. Keep your environment clean and sanitized.
The list can go on and on but with these tips, your chances of staying healthy during the daily showers are higher, whether you’re at home, work, or just having a nice time outdoors.