Health Effects of Winter Weather

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The winter season can be brutal, especially if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow. Making it essential to be familiar with winter health tips

Winter can also cause a lot more distress to our bodies than just being cold. For most of us, winter means spending a lot of time indoors, eating comfort food, and binge-watching your favorite TV show. But did you know winter weather can have negative effects on our health?

Weather’s Impact on Circulation

Vein disease is partially caused by increased pressure in the legs. This can be caused by excessive sitting/standing, lack of exercise, poor diet, and also a change in the weather. When it starts to get cold and snow begins to fall, it causes a temporary change in the atmosphere. As the pressure in the atmosphere fluctuates, you may start to notice your body feels heavier. This can cause poor blood circulation, which is one of the leading causes of vein disease. 

Important Winter Health Concerns

The two most obvious health effects of winter weather are frostbite and hypothermia. But the freezing temperatures can also increase your winter health concerns to something more serious like a heart attack. This is because our hearts have to work harder to keep our bodies warm. 

The cold weather will likely make you not want to spend any time outdoors. If you don’t exercise at a gym, this could mean months of inactivity.  Consecutive inactivity combined with poor diet can cause varicose veins to form. 

A common winter health tips misconception is that you’re more likely to get sick when you’re out in the cold. Although you should never go out during winter without wearing a coat, it won’t make you sick if you do. The reason that the risk for illness is increased during winter is because we are spending more time inside, in close proximity to others. This makes it easier for bacteria and viruses to spread, thus making you sick. 

Winter is a very dry time of the year, even in areas which get a lot of snowfall. The dryness of the air can cause your sinuses to not work properly, creating another winter health concern. Dry winter air can also suck the moisture from skin, which can lead to increased risk for venous ulcers.

Don’t be a Victim to Winter – Follow These Winter Health Tips

Winter is a rough time of year, but you don’t have to fall victim to it if you take measures to protect yourself. 

  1. Always bundle up when going outdoors, especially if temperatures are below freezing (less than 32 degrees)
  2. Use a soothing moisturizer to relieve dry skin, and pay close attention to the appearance of your legs
  3. Drinks lots of water and avoid eating foods packed with sodium and bad cholesterol. If you cannot completely avoid eating unhealthy foods, it’s very important to exercise at least 30 minutes every day.
  4. Wash hands with soap and warm water before eating
  5. Get a flu shot if you’re overdue

Following these winter health tips will not only reduce your risk for weight gain, but it will also reduce your risk for health problems like varicose veins.

Getting Ahead of Winter Health Problems

At USA Vein Clinics, we offer effective, high-quality treatments for the various symptoms of vein disease. Our treatments can be done in as little as 15 minutes, and require no downtime for recovery. That means you can be back on your feet doing what you love in no time. Give us a call at 888.768.3467 for everything you need to know about treatments, insurance and everything else in between.

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