By Princess Aileen Quimpo
Located along the typhoon belt, Philippines is exposed to tropical cyclones causing floods, which may bring various illnesses to the people living in the country. Summer season passed, and coping up with the transition from hot to cold makes the body adjust to the rainy weather. During the phase wherein the body adapts to the coldness, makes it prone to waterborne diseases, such as cholera, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, influenza, leptospirosis and dengue. To make the most out of the rainy season without acquiring these common diseases, it is important to put in mind a few ways to prevent getting sick that may ruin your entire rainy season.
1. Make sure to keep your house clean
Anywhere can be a place for bacteria and mosquitoes to breed, which can bring viral infections to the body. Ensuring that every part of your house is clean and no water is logged, the risk of getting sick will be avoided. Small acts, such as changing the bed sheets and pillowcases, vacuuming the cushions, atleast once a week to avoid unpleasant odour, and maintaining a dust-free and high-level sanitary inside your house are vital to keep clear the bacteria that cause unwanted diseases.
2. Get adequate sleep
Sleeping is one way to have our body and mind rests for a long period of time. The time left after you spent your day having physical or outside activities, which drain your body energy, is allotted to sleeping. Not getting enough sleep disrupts the sleeping cycle, which can cause your immune system to weaken. Atleast have seven to nine hours of good-quality sleep each night, to ensure your body get enough energy, and the body system activities are in their right tracks. Rest assure that a chance of getting sick will be reduced to high level.
3. Do Daily Exercise
People who are active in physical activity have low risk in catching colds. Becoming active in any physical activities, or exercising in daily basis, does not only boost your energy levels, but also helps in the circulation of white blood cells, which are responsible for defending the body from free radicals and reducing your chance of catching flu, and other infections.
4. Avoid eating unhealthy food
Monsoon reduces the power of the immune system, and the cold weather makes the digestive activities in your body to slow down than during summer season. Which is why food that contains too much oil, and are processed may upset the stomach, resulting to slowing down the breaking process of the food. Alternatively, maintaining a healthy diet by eating fruits and vegetables, and food that can be easily digested cleans the body and boosts the immune system. Ensuring that the vegetables are washed and cooked well; some vegetables that are raw may contain active bacteria that causes harmful diseases and viral infections to the body.
5. Take a shower right after being drenched in the rain
Ensuring to having a warm bath after being soaked in the rain. Sudden change in temperature causes your body to develop diseases, so when you take a shower right after having poured by the rain stabilises your body to its normal temperature. Soaking your feet to a warm water can also balance your body temperature, as well as remove the bacteria that are carried from the outside.