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Rid Autumn of Ailments With These Tricks

By Brandi Goodman 

The autumn season brings beautiful changes to the scenery around us. It also brings the potential for illness. The changing weather can bring on colds and the flu easily. Rid your autumn of ailments by keeping a few tricks in mind. 

Use a Thermometer When Cooking

People tend to cook more meals for more people in the fall. Holidays arrive that have families and friends coming together to eat, laugh, and celebrate. You may find yourself making pies, cooking pumpkin seeds after you've carved them, and working on improving your recipes for your holiday get-together. Be sure to use a thermometer so everything gets cooked all the way through. Undercooked food can make you sick. 

Wash, Wash, Wash

Regular hand washing should be at the top of everyone's priority list in the fall. You may come into contact with someone who hasn't washed their hands and is spreading their germs after coughing or sneezing. The surfaces you touched could also be contaminated. Always wash, wash, wash so you can prevent yourself from getting sick as well as spreading any illness to others.

Keep Sick Kids Home

Many sick children get sent to school. Though it's understandable that it's sometimes easier to send a kid to school rather than miss work, it really shouldn't be the common practice. It's best to keep sick kids home so they have a chance to recover quicker and to prevent the illness from being passed back and forth throughout the community.

Wear Waterproof Clothing

Choose outdoor clothing and shoes that are waterproof. Wearing tennis shoes on a cold rainy day could lead to cold wet feet. You may get sick easier because of this. It's important to choose a pair of waterproof boots that won't let the water get inside. A waterproof jacket and gloves are also ideal, especially as the colder months arrive. You want your body as protected as possible.

Prepare Your Home for the Cold

You want to start preparing your home for the cold weather as well. Don't wait until it gets unbearable. Start at the beginning of fall before harsh weather sets in. Clean your gutters. Get roof leaks repaired. Be sure insulation in place and that weather stripping is around doors and windows to seal them. It is also wise to have inspections performed for chimneys and fireplaces to be sure they're safe to use.

Rid your autumn of ailments with these tips in mind. You don't want to spend the beginning of the holiday season sick and in bed. Maintain your health and enjoy your time with your family or friends doing some of your favorite activities instead. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.

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