Health functional food association, 4 suggestions for health management in midwinter

Health functional food association, 4 suggestions for health management in midwinter

As the cold wave, which is well below freezing every day, continues, the number of patients suffering from a cold or flu is rapidly increasing. This is because, while reluctant to go out due to the cold, the amount of exercise decreases, while various year-end events and gatherings consume a lot of energy and at the same time build up stress and weaken the immune system.

In particular, children and the elderly need careful health management because their immune system is weaker than that of adults and the risk of infection with a pandemic virus is high. The Korea Health Functional Food Association introduces ‘4 health care tips’ to help you stay healthy in midwinter.

Health functional food association introduces 4 health management tips in midwinter
◇ Nutritional supplement with functional health functional food

In winter, when you have to fight the cold, you consume a lot of energy, so proper and balanced nutritional supplementation is essential. Recommended foods in winter include mushrooms, carrots, sweet pumpkin, mackerel, and vitamin-rich radishes, apples, and persimmons, which are good for strengthening immunity. If it is difficult to keep a meal due to your busy daily life, it is very helpful to fill in the missing nutrients with health functional food.

Healthy functional foods suitable for winter include red ginseng and ginseng that help improve fatigue and boost immunity, omega-3 that helps improve blood circulation, and products that supplement vitamin D, which may be lacking due to reduced sunlight.

◇ Periodically ventilate the indoor air even if it is cold

In winter, when the bitter wind blows, the heating system is operated for a long time with the windows closed. When the activity space is sealed, various fine dust and pollutants float in the air, and the air becomes dry rapidly. If this phenomenon is repeated, the respiratory system, such as the nose and bronchial tubes, dries up, and the defense against viruses and contaminants rapidly drops, making it easy to get respiratory diseases. Therefore, even if it is a little cold, open the window every 1-2 hours to allow fresh air to circulate, and to avoid dryness symptoms, you should drink at least 1L of water a day.

◇ Wash hands and feet after going out

In order to prevent the immune system from being weakened in the cold winter, more attention should be paid to hygiene management. Washing hands and feet after going out is considered the most basic and essential hygiene management method. The flu is spread through secretions caused by coughing or sneezing, so you must wash your hands and feet after going out. If strong cold such as a cold wave warning is foretold, it is recommended that children and the elderly refrain from going out as much as possible.

◇ Avoid overwork and excessive drinking and exercise regularly

The colder the weather, the higher the risk of cardiovascular disease. Above all, these diseases require attention as they can experience symptoms not only in high blood pressure or diabetes patients, but also in healthy people. Our body consumes a lot of energy to resist cold weather, so we should avoid overwork, excessive drinking, and smoking, and wear well-dressed clothes to avoid sudden exposure to the cold. In addition, it is better to supplement physical activity through regular exercise rather than staying indoors because it is cold. Reduce the amount of exercise by 10-20% compared to the summer, and let the muscles and joints relax with sufficient warm-up exercises.

Kim Soo-chang, executive director of the Health Functional Foods Association, said, “There are many people who feel extreme cold or complain of severe cold or body aches as a full-scale cold wave hits. If you eat functional foods, you will be able to spend this winter in a healthier way.”


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