Jan de Vries discusses a Change of Season
It is not unusual to hear complaints about chills and colds when seasonal changes occur. Most people accept them as unavoidable, not realising that it is really up to us to do something about them. The change of season is the most difficult time for the body. The hot and humid weather and exposure to big temperature fluctuations, such as when you go in and out of an air-conditioned building, can have an adverse effect on the body.
To minimise your exposure to temperature changes, wear a sweater or light jacket when you’re in air conditioning.
Brisk exercise and deep breathing invigorates and promotes good circulation. Don’t just hop in the car or let the bus or train take you to your place of work. It is much better for you if you can walk or cycle to work. Exhaling vigorously rids the body of waste gases and deep inhalation saturates the lungs with oxygen. This is particularly important in discouraging the conditions that favour colds.
If you do have a tendency to catch colds, make sure you eat plenty of foods that help build up resistance to colds. Try and keep your diet very light. The fresh herb extract of Echinacea purpurea, a popular herbal remedy used to help relieve the symptoms associated with colds and flu, is well worth considering if the bugs strike. One rarely feels like eating heavy meals when feeling congested because of a cold. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids especially fruit juices that are rich in vitamin C. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and at such times I would also advise taking a vitamin C supplement.
Foods rich in calcium should be on the menu without fail, because the body is more susceptible when it lacks calcium, especially during the change of season. You could also consider taking a calcium preparation.