CAN "YO-YO WEATHER" MAKE YOU SICK?
Transition between seasons is usually a bumpy ride. This week some of us will jump from shorts weather to hats-and-mittens weather, and back again.
There's an "old wives' tale" that says sudden weather changes can make us sick. Well, there's some truth to that... but let's clarify!
Bacteria and viruses make us sick, not weather. HOWEVER, sudden humidity changes that accompany big weather shifts CAN weaken our immune systems, making us more susceptible to germs we encounter and increasing the likelihood of sickness.
You've probably noticed that your skin is more dry in the winter, when humidity is lower. Your eyes, lungs, and mucus membranes are drier, lowering your defenses to bacteria and viruses.
Breathing cold air causes blood vessels in the upper respiratory system to narrow in an effort to conserve heat. White blood cells have trouble reaching the mucus membranes to fight invading germs.
Meanwhile, certain viruses - like flu and rhinovirus (responsible for the common cold, some sore throats, ear infections, and infections of the sinuses) - replicate more efficiently when your body temp drops below 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
Colder temperatures allow particles we expel in coughs and sneezes to break into smaller particles that are easier for others to inhale.
In the U.S., we see a steady increase in colds starting in late August. The rate stays high through April, then begins to drop off. Meanwhile flu season runs from October to May, spiking between December and March.
Lower your chance of a surprise virus by:
- bundling up on chilly days (even if you wore shorts the day before!)
- taking a daily Vitamin D supplement or eating D-rich foods like fatty fish, mushrooms, and eggs
- getting plenty of rest
- staying hydrated
- washing your hands regularly and sneezing/coughing into a clean tissue or your elbow
- not sharing food, drinks, hand towels, and utensils with people who are feeling ill
- running a humidifier to increase the humidity indoors
- taking your daily Sweet's Syrup (1 Tbsp/day for adults/teens, 1 tsp/day for kids over age 1). If you DO become ill, increase your Sweet's dosage frequency to every 3 waking hours, and feel better soon!
Sweet's Elderberry Syrup gives you an incredible 1,500 mg of elderberry per Tablespoon and is the ONLY syrup you'll find featuring seasonally rotated raw honey.
Raw honey is not recommended during pregnancy or for infants under 12 months. Sweet's Elderberry DAILY DEFENSE Tincture is PERFECT for anyone avoiding honey for those reasons, as well as vegan friends, diabetics, and those following a keto diet. It's simple, unsweetened, and alcohol-free, offering 500 mg of organic elderberry in every dropperful.
Be well, Sweet friends!