Urgent Care in Bloomfield & Plymouth
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Why Do We Get Sick in the Winter?

How many times did your mom tell you to put a hat on or to zip up your jacket before going outside in the winter?

To say that cold weather has no impact on your health wouldn’t be 100% accurate, however it’s not the direct cause of some of the most common winter illnesses.

Why Illnesses Spike in the Winter

People Spend More Time Inside Together

The real reason why people tend to get sick in the winter is because cold weather forces them to stay inside with others. When you have dozens of people working together in an office that’s closed up for the winter, germs are able to spread faster and easier.

Cold Weather May Lower Your Immune System

Many researchers believe that cold weather can lower your immune system, making it difficult for your body to fight off infections.

People are also more likely to suffer a vitamin D deficiency in the winter, due to a lack of sunlight and time spent outside. Vitamin D plays a major role in maintaining a healthy immune system.

Protecting Your Health This Winter

Making small tweaks to your daily routine can have a big impact on your health. This winter:

  • Get your annual flu shot.
  • Get plenty of sleep (more than 7 hours a night).
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
  • Wash your hands after going to the bathroom, before you eat anything, and before going to bed for the night.
  • Always sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Don’t share utensils or cups with other people.
Find out more about the wellness and prevention care services offered at our Urgent Care Centers by calling (248) 230-2918 for our Bloomfield location or (734) 404-7508 for our Plymouth location.