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The big freeze

The festivities of the summer are over. This includes our big african Opening party held on the terrace of the MZB, on the very last summer-like weekend of the year. Since then, it has been cold, rainy, cloudy, windy and foggy. Nice!

We of course expect this change of weather. It is part of the changing seasons of the year.

But what does it mean for our health?

Protect yourself against the viruses of winter.

Wrap up warm with a thick winter coat, preferably a scarf around your neck when you are out and about.

Get vaccinated against the flu, especially if you are pregnant over the winter months, over 65 or have a chronic illness such as diabetes, heart failure or lung disease such as asthma/chronic bronchitis.

Stock up on Vitamin C! There is evidence to suggest it helps against winter illnesses. Citrus fruits like grapefruit, ornages, lemons are a great source of Vitamin C, along with mango and kiwi fruits (if you can find them).

If you are not planning a trip to a sunny destination over winter, it is best to check your Vitamin D level and replace it with Vitamin D drops if it is low. Remember, Vitamin D is the 'sun' vitamin. It falls naturally in winter here in the temperate climate due to lack of sun.

And remember, the darker your skin, the less absorptive capacity of your skin for Vitamin D.

Remember to wash your hands regularly to reduce transmission of winter viruses by hand contact. When you sneeze, sneeze into a tissue or into the crook of your elbow, NOT into your hands!

Keep your hands and skin well moisturised. The winter air is relatively dry.

Keep up your exercise level also in winter. Sport is not only a summer activity. And it is a great way to feel good mentally and physically and keep warm.

Have a happy festive Season.

For the christians Happy Christmas, for the jewish, Happy Hanukka and for everyone Monigatti Medical wishes you a very happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year 2019.

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