Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning winter and walking.
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Learn about winter and Walking Host: It’s time to swap the swimsuit and surf board for a raincoat and scarf. When winter comes blasting in with a vengeance, it’s best to be prepared especially if you live in a snowy, windy climate. You are prone to catching more flu’s and colds in winter as everybody knows but how does this actually happen? Well, your lymphocytes, those little guys that love patrolling around your body exterminating bad, invasive bacteria and viruses liked to be kept warm. If you have an open collar that exposes your throat to the wintery winds your lymphocytes ran away from the cold blast down into your chest area where the blood is still warm. Unfortunately, this leaves your throat unguarded and the bacteria and viruses in this area are free to multiply without interference. And what adds to the trouble is that our throats and nasal passages produced more mucus in winter to protect themselves as the cold air rushes on through. Mucus is the favorite food of Streptococcus bacteria. They eat it. They multiply in it so a scarf and hat is a must in the cold to encourage blood flow to your throat and head to keep those wonderful lymphocytes happy and active in the right areas. Unfortunately, as we get older our circulation isn't as good as it used to be so extra precautions may have to be taken. A flu immunization may give you a helping hand. Dr. Bashir Querishi: It’s a good thing to have and it should not be delayed. Immunization should be given in October or November. It lasts for about 12 months. The peak period of getting influenza is December and January when winter got cold. Host: Another thing you can do to keep your circulation and immune system active in winter is to drink a nourishing chai everyday with healthy herbs and spices like ginger, a touch of chili, and a few pepper corns to really get that blood flowing to the extremities of your body. Also, keep that mucus Streptococcus breeding ground dry by taking a drop or two of a good akinesia tincture everyday. The zinc and vitamin C levels in this herb will also boost your immune system. Native Americans have akinesia for thousands of years. Now you can get it in a bottle at the chemists. Rag up and nourish yourself well this winter to get the edge over colds and flu. Ten thousands steps per day. That’s the golden rule for getting the most out of walking. Most people in these sedentary times only get about half that so grab a pedometer and try to take the next step to health and fitness. Human beings were designed to walk. It’s the perfect form of exercise for us and prior to the inventions of farms, fences and cars our own prolific ancestors we’re doing about four hours of walking per day. That’s a bit unrealistic for most of us so doctors recommend at least half an hour walking per day to keep the weight down and the cardiovascular system primed so how can you increase your daily step count? Take this test, not the leaf, teach the car and walk to work. Take a 10-minute stroll at lunch time. Try to do at least 3000 steps before midday. Jo Pike: Thirty percent of our kids are actually now suffering from partially overweight. Fifteen percent are actually suffering from obesity. By walking to school, we rarely find an easy way to incorporate some physical activity into their daily lifestyles. Host: Some of the systems in our body have evolved with walking in mind. Your immune system for example, the lymphatic system has just as many fluid filled tubes and vessels as the circulatory system. But there is a problem, it doesn’t have a pump. It relies on your walking action to pump and squeeze lymph around the body. Contracting muscles squeegee the fluid up your legs into various other hard to reach places. This is your body’s waste to disposal system. The more you walk the cleaner your waste disposal system is especially if you drink plenty of water along the way. Beating disease is a walking apart. An average person will burn about 270 calories per h