You may not have spent the summer lounging around in the sun, drinking pina colada’s and listening to the sea as the sun sets a deep red over the ocean, but the sudden darkness and chill that October brings with it can come as a bit of a shock to anyone.
Not only this, but a lot of people actually blame this sudden change in weather on their health complaints.
More often than not, people will complain that they are feeling run down and not themselves this time of year, but is their any truth to it being because of the weather change, or is it something else?
Well, although cold temperature in itself cannot make you sick, the change in weather can put extra strain on your body.
If you spent the summer eating fruit and exercising, then you are probably less at risk when the weather changes of succumbing to this extra strain.
However, if you spent it lounging by the pool, drinking alcohol and eating junk food, then you may.
The main reason for this difference? Your immune system.
When your body undergoes a lot of stress, the immune system gets weakened.
This does not only have to be mental stress either, it can also mean environmental.
So, when the weather changes and the environmental stress reaches it’s pinnacle, your bodies natural defence gets weakened.
When your immune system is in it’s weakened state, probably helped along by lifestyle choices and other factors, it is more susceptible to germs and illness.
So, yes the change in weather can actually make you feel run down and ill.
However, not all is lost! If you know that you get sick during seasonal changes make sure that you are doing everything that you can for your body.
Eat healthily, drink lots of fluids, exercise and if that’s not enough, try out our Beta Glucan 500.
Hopefully then Autumn will bring you changing colours and surroundings instead of a nasty cold!