Happy Healthy Holidays

Dec 20, 2019

Megan Hasenour | Marketing Communications Manager

Winter is a hectic and bustling time of year. It’s also a time when more people tend to get sick. What exactly is it about this time of year that encourages aches and sniffles?

Can catching the chill alone, make you sick?

It is true that exposure to cold temperatures constricts blood vessels and reduces blood flow. This could possibly weaken the immune system because of fewer protective white blood cells circulating. But, cold weather alone will not make you sick. Harmful bacteria and viruses are to blame. Some viruses and bacteria are easier to catch and spread during cold, dry weather. Make sure when you go out to feed a round bale or do other chores: put on your coveralls, bibs, winter coat, hat, gloves, neck warmer, whatever it is that keeps you warm.
Our human behavior causes the transmission of the common cold and flu. During the winter we stay indoors and especially throughout the holidays we are in close contact, with our friends and families. As a result, common winter concerns such as a cold, sore throat, asthma, stiff joints, cold sores, dry skin, and the flu are simply easier to catch.

Here are 4 tips to keep your immune system strong and so you can have happy healthy holidays!

Stay Active

This could be by feeding the livestock, pitching some hay bales or doing other labor on the farm. Exercise and staying active supports the immune system by circulating white blood cells throughout your body to fight harmful microbes.

Manage Your Stress

Stress is inevitable, and occasional stress is actually good for you, but prolonged stress weakens the immune system. Think of activities on the farm that are low in stress and try to limit your exposure to those stressful tasks.

Sleep Well

A lack of sleep affects the immune system. Because immune cells are most active during the sleep cycle, a good night’s rest is essential. If you feel you’re coming down with something, get some rest – it strengthens the immune response.

Wash Your Hands

Regular hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent infection. Most people touch their face an average of 4 times an hour, and they touch shared surfaces about 3 times an hour. Always wash your hands after touching shared surfaces (doorknobs, gas tank nozzles, hand rails, etc.)
Keep these tips in mind to keep your immune system strong this winter. Have yourself some happy healthy holidays!

Do you recommend any winter wellness tips?