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Cold weather and your health

How cold weather can affect your body and
what you can do to protect yourself

Winter-time is celebrated by some and hated by others. For those who love winter activities like skiing, skating, sledding, snowshoeing or snowmen building it’s the best part of the year. Other people spend most of their time indoors in front of the fireplace with cup of hot tea and the luckier ones somewhere south escaping the frosty weather both looking forward to first sings of spring.cold weather, protecting your health in cold weather in Calgary

No matter which group you belong to the cold weather has an impact on our overall health in general. Let’s have a look at some of the areas that may be at risk.


In cold weather our skin loses moisture and becomes dry and tight and the heated air inside our homes or offices makes it even worse. You can experience irritation, flaking or even cracking of your skin. You should wear a sunscreen outdoors and keep covered as much as possible plus upgrade your lightweight summer cosmetics to heavier creams suitable for cold weather conditions.

For indoors consider using a humidifier and don’t overdo it with the heat. Soaking in hot bath is very comforting in wintertime but can lead to more dryness so don’t forget to moisturize with your favourite lotion.

Immune system

 Winter, beside cold weather, also bring flu and cold season. It’s almost some kind of tradition – as soon as the outside temperatures drop the world is suddenly full of coughing, sneezing and sniffling people and the sales of tissues soar.

If you want to stay healthy:

  • Focus on boosting your immune system with the help of antioxidants and vitamins preferably coming from fresh fruits and vegetables. And if you didn’t get a flu shot yet, it’s never too late.
  • Sleep at least 7 hours every night, our desire to sleep increases naturally with less light, so don’t fight it and get that much needed rest.
  • Stay active during the day though, even short walk every day will make a difference.
  • Using massage, especially with warm oil is also a good and pleasant way to strengthen our immunity in winter.


Cold weather is not the best for the heart. Low temperature can decrease the flow of oxygenated blood to your hear muscle and is one of the risk factors of heart attack. We can also over-strain ourselves easier in winter, walking in deep snow against the cold wind, shoveling the sidewalks and digging our cars out of snowdrifts. The rule is to always dress warm, don’t forget to cover your head and if you have heart condition avoid alcohol which might make you feel warm at the beginning but as it expands the blood vessels it takes the heat away from vital organs.

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 Lovers of winter sports pay attention. You probably will not find riskier environment for your eyes than high snowy mountains. The most dangerous for your eyes is UV light that can cause “snow blindness” and contribute to development of cataract.  Good quality sunglasses with high UV filter are a must during all on-snow activities. Make sure that the eyes of your children are protected too since they are even more vulnerable.

Winter season is a busy one with all the holiday parties, family dinners and winter sports. It also brings more risk of injuries and sicknesses. Our health should always be our number one priority even though it’s harder to find the motivation at this time of the year. So listen to your body, move regularly, eat healthy balanced diet and keep the good spirits. Spring will be here sooner than you think. Until then stay warm!

Take Control of Your Health – 7 Tips

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Take Control of Your Health

No matter how famous you are or how much money you have health is something that concerns everybody.  You are in control of your health for the most part. You might wonder why or how but the reality is it is up to us individuals to pay attention to our bodies and to take care of our bodies. Taking control of your health doesn’t really depend on whether or not you have medical conditions. Having a medical issue might mean you have more challenges that’s all.  By the way, if you have been diagnosed with a medical condition don’t be shy to get a second opinion. The perfect place is to simply go to a walk-in clinic and talk to a physician there. health tips calgary

Taking control of your health means developing healthy habits.

1. Educate yourself. The most important thing you can do is to educate yourself. Learn about your health problems and how you can take care of your body. Take time to read up on whatever health issues you are experiencing or simply how to live a healthy lifestyle. Talk to your family doctor or specialist and ask them for advice.

2. Set goals. Take the time to decide what will your health goals be for the next 6 months or even the next year. Before you set goals KNOW YOUR REASON. It is proven that if you are clear on WHY you are doing something your success rate will be much higher.

healthy foods, healthy living Calgary3. Stop yo-yo dieting and focus on get healthier. When your body functions optimally your weight will adjust and get rid of access fat. List specific ways you can accomplish this. For instance, try a new healthy dinner recipe once a week or research nutrition on the Internet 10 minutes a day. We have some great healthy recipes on our Facebook page once in a while, check them out.

4. Start exercising regularly. You don’t need to join a gym or hire an expensive personal trainer, simply make it a point to walk more or go swimming, etc. Incorporate a regular exercise that you enjoy that way you will stick with it.

5. Work on your mindset and thought patterns. You have to believe that you can become healthy before you will be able to do so. Learning to accept what you can’t change, but striving to change what you can, is key. A large part of succeeding in health improvement is being comfortable with yourself to begin with.
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6. Drink lots of water. Our bodies need a lot of water to properly function. I am sure by now you are aware of the importance of drinking water and keeping hydrated. This is especially important in the morning. During our sleep time we lose a lot of water so it is imperative to drink one or two glasses of water as soon as we get up. This is the number one common advice all diets and health practitioners suggest.

7. Find an accountability partner. It helps to have a partner for accountability. We work harder when we know someone is holding us accountable and watching our progress. A good partner also helps you stay realistic in our goals and might challenge you to grow.Find someone who will encourage you in the down times and celebrate your successes with you as you accomplish your goals.

Consider rewarding yourself for making this commitment to improve your health. Celebrating your accomplishments is a great way to motivate yourself.

Don’t forget paying attention to your body, to signs of being unwell and don’t procrastinate in making an appointment with your family doctor to discuss the issue. Prevention and early detection saves lives.