The rainy and dreary winter months here in Portland are often associated with the symptoms of cold and flu. If you are suffering with symptoms like fever, congestion, coughing and digestive issues, perhaps you can find comfort in knowing you are not alone.
And like others who are suffering, you probably want to be done with these symptoms as soon as possible. Here are some tips from dentists in Portland, Oregon Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow at Mt. Tabor Dental to help you get and stay healthy this winter.
1. Focus on Nutrient-Rich Food
The food that is good for your teeth is also great for your overall dental health. Dark, leafy greens like kale provide essential nutrients that include beta-carotene, vitamin C, folate, and iron to help you stay healthy. Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons contain vitamin C and potassium as well as fiber, all of which will boost your health. Additional nutrient-rich winter favorites include winter squash varieties, cranberries, and beans.
In more general terms, prioritize vegetables and fruits for each meal and snack. Crunchy ones like carrots, apples and celery also naturally clean your teeth while you eat. Opt for lean meat – turkey is a great option during this time of year – and low-fat dairy foods to round out a healthy diet.
2. Prioritize Exercise
When it’s cold and rainy, there’s a great temptation to bundle up under a fleece blanket on the couch with a good book. This is a great winter activity in moderation, balanced with regular exercise during these dreary winter months.
Schedule time every day – even if it’s only 30 minutes – to get out in the fresh air and walk or head to the gym for some much-needed physical activity. Here in Portland, invest in a sturdy pair of rainboots and a high-quality umbrella to keep the bad-weather excuses at bay. Take advantage of the nearby winter snow to practice fun sports like sledding, snowshoeing and skiing to get your blood pumping and stay active.
3. Sleep Well
If winter weather is good for anything, it’s sleep. Take advantage of the longer nights and darkness and start going to bed earlier. If you’re already feeling sick, the extra sleep will help you feel better faster. If you’re not yet sick, the rest can help you from getting whatever cold or flu virus is going around.
4. Know Your Health Baseline
Knowing your health baseline is an important step to staying healthy now and in later years. If you haven’t had a physical and a flu shot in awhile, make an appointment to see your doctor to get thoroughly checked out. Another important step is to come in a see Portland dentists Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow, who can help diagnose and treat oral health concerns and help you feel strong and healthy again!