During the winter season, our immune systems may not work as effectively as normal for a number of reasons. For one, in many cases, we are not as physically active in the winter as we are during the summer, and the cold weather can reduce our body’s ability to build a strong immune system.

However, it isn’t all bad news when it comes to cold weather and our health. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Hixson wants you to know the positive and negative effects of cold weather on your health, as well as ways you can give your immune system a boost this time of year.

Is the Cold Weather Good or Bad for Your Health?

As Old Man Winter makes his appearance, we might be asking ourselves whether he is a friend or a foe to our health.

However, although it might seem we get sick more often in the winter than the summer, there are actually a number of health benefits that the cold weather can bring, such as helping us to burn more calories and reduce allergies and inflammation.

Effects of Cold Weather

  • Diminished immune system
  • Frostbite
  • Hypothermia
  • Balance issues
  • Heart problem
  • Dry skin
  • Overeating due to being bored indoors
  • Less physical activity

Does Cold Weather Weaken Your Immune System?

The cold weather might be a friend to Olaf, but it is not a friend to our immune system. Cold temperatures can make our immune response slower, making us more likely to get sick.

But that doesn’t have to be the case. You can take steps to keep your immune system strong at all times of the year.

Ways to Build a Stronger Immune System

  • Avoid smoking.
  • Consume a diet that is high in fruits and vegetables.
  • Exercise on a regular basis.
  • Get plenty of sleep at night.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.

Do you think you might be coming down with the cold or the flu? Visit AFC Urgent Care Hixsontoday! No appointment is necessary.