It is predictable–every year, most people get sick as we move into the fall and winter. It used to happen to me. Maybe it has something to do with making the transition from the hot, dry summer into the cold, damp winter? It is like our bodies need to change gears. Whatever, it is predictable that you are more likely to get sick and lose work time and feel miserable in the next several weeks.
So what can you do about it? Surprisingly, there are ways to make the transition without always getting overly sick. Make a plan. Think about your grandmother–what would she say? Summer is over! Stay warm, don’t take a chill. Don’t sit on the cold ground. Start wearing sweaters and jackets, hats and warm socks. Drink plenty of fluids; get your rest. Avoid a lot of sugar in the diet in spite tempting Halloween candy. Be prudent. Don’t overeat.
Make sure you’re taking vitamin D3, 1000-5000 units daily. If you are not sure you get enough, have the doctor measure your blood level. Don’t let yourself get overstressed. Get outside for fresh air and light exercise. If you have food intolerance, make a special effort to avoid such foods now and for the next 6 weeks. At the earliest sign you are coming down with something start taking supplements that will boost your immunity and attack germs naturally. If you have to work in an office with people who may be sick and should have stayed at home, use a face mask for your personal protection. Wash your hands a lot. Feel free to call the office if you have questions.
To your health, Dr. Ranheim