East Tennessee Audiology December 2019

DEC 2019



As we’re in the heart of the winter season, it’s prime time for colds, the flu, and other ailments to rear their ugly heads. While it’s easy to discount these illnesses as minor health issues, they can just as easily lead tomajor ones if preventive care isn’t taken. To combat these health issues andmaintain your well-being, consider these tricks. MAKE SUREYOU’REWASHING RIGHT. Washing your hands is essential to avoiding any pesky bug that goes around, but so is using the right soap. Skip the antibacterial soap, as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found that it’s nomore effective than regular soap in killing bacteria. The FDA also notes that antibacterial soapmay contribute to the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and the disruption of hormonal regulation. DON’T DISCOUNT AIR QUALITY. As temperatures drop, we tend to stay inside more, but the air quality indoors often isn’t as excellent as it is outside. If you have animals that use a pet door, they are likely bringing dust and dirt into the house, which can flare up allergies. Make a habit of vacuuming your home twice a week to reduce the number of airborne pollutants like mold, pollen, and dust mites. Using a vacuumwith a filter that meets the high- efficiency particulate air, or HEPA, standard will also reduce the amount of pollutants being blown back into the air. Dirty air filters are also a significant contributor to poor indoor air quality, so check your filters once every two weeks and change as needed. CONSIDERYOUR HOLIDAY DIET. Comfort foods with high fat and sugar content are a part of any holiday tradition, but they can affect our energy, mood, and blood sugar levels. Try to fill up on nutrient-rich foods like vegetables and whole grains before someone breaks out the cookies. Substitute white flour for whole grains in your holiday recipes because toomuch white flour can cause weight gain and deal a blow to your immune “The FDA also notes that antibacterial soap may contribute to the rise in antibiotic-resistant superbugs and the disruption of hormonal regulation.”

system. If you need a warmbeverage to get through the holiday

season, opt for tea instead of mulled wine or eggnog. Herbal teas, including mint, green, or

any berry variety, will provide plenty of antioxidant benefits while being delicious to boot.

CONTINUEYOUR REGULAR WORKOUTS. Keeping active in the winter can be difficult, but there are some creative ways

you can still build a sweat! Yoga is an excellent workout as it boosts cognitive and emotional wellness and can be done at home. A recent study conducted by the Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry reveals that yoga decreases cortisol levels within the body. A brisk walk is also a great way to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke during the winter months. As always, make sure you’re checking your ears regularly for blockages, and call us to safely remove anything if necessary. Do you have any unique tricks tomaintaining your health over the winter? Let us know next time you’re in the office! We’re always interested in everyone’s home remedies for fending off the cold.

—Shayne Harrell


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