Cold winds and sunshine don’t seem to make sense, but it’s that time of the year again and it’s taking victims. The harmattan season is back, one marked by fast-drying laundry, white skin, cracked lips, dried nose, and dust, lots of dust.
So how then can you protect yourself from being a casualty of the weather and the season? Here are six ways you can achieve this during the harmattan.
Take lots of Water
Fact, the human body is composed of 70% water, so it only makes sense to stay hydrated. Because of the dryness experienced and the high temperatures during the day, the body loses a lot of water. Taking in a lot of water also helps keep your throat and mouth moistened, prevent cold or flu episodes and is good for your skin. At least one litre of water a day is recommended.
Staying Warm and Protected
With temperatures dropping at night and in the early morning, keeping warm is only practical. Wear protective clothing like sweaters or scarves during the day and at night to help regulate temperature and prevent dust from entering your nostrils, especially for asthmatic patients or those with chronic respiratory conditions. Sunshades are also recommended where necessary to protect the eyes from dust. Also, the harmattan conditions are known to trigger sickle cell crises in affected individuals.
Vitamin C is a great immune booster and some supplements can be taken as tablets, but fruits taste better and can be gotten at almost every corner. Taking in fruits like oranges, pawpaw, pineapples and carrots, as well as vegetables would do your body a lot of good.
Practice Proper Hygiene
Cleanliness is next to godliness. However, washing and having clean hands could help eliminate several sicknesses. Clean dusty surfaces and pay particular attention to purchases to ensure that they are properly washed before consumption.
Dealing with the cold weather is not complete without looking for heating options. From heating bathing water to heating car seats, everything seems better warm. While not limited to only the season, hot soups are always a welcomed delicacy for the palette and the body. Also a cup of coffee, plain or Irish, or tea, apart from its pleasing aroma, can help warm the insides when temperatures drop.
The same principle that enables your laundry to dry quickly during this season, is also responsible for pulling out moisture from any available source, your body not excluded. Lip balms for dry lips, lotion or oil for dry skin and hair cream can equally be applied where necessary so one can still look “peng” while banging through the season.