If you have an asbestos-related lung disease, you will likely feel it more than ever as the nights draw in and the air temperatures drop. Our immune systems often take a hit at this time of year and leave us more susceptible to colds, flu and other illnesses. If your body is already weakened due to asbestos, it can be even more challenging to stay healthy.
How can you prevent your asbestos-related illness from worsening in the winter?
Here are some basic ways you can protect your health this winter:
- Take regular exercise: Daily activity has various benefits to your health, including boosting your immune system. Exercise can do wonders for your mental health, which can suffer in the middle of winter when you struggle with the effects of mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related disease.
- Get some sunshine: If you have the opportunity to take a sunshine break, this can boost Vitamin D in your body. Failing that, you can take Vitamin D supplements.
- Eat well: What you eat can have a significant impact on your health. Certain foods can boost your body’s defenses.
- Get adequate rest: Sleep allows your body to recover its strength.
- Breathe through your nose: Breathing freezing cold air in through your mouth will aggravate your damaged lungs.
- Stay warm: Keeping warm is vital. You can do this by turning up the heating, wearing more clothes and choosing warmer times of day to go outside. Ensure you wrap up when going out, paying particular attention to keep your nose, neck and chest protected.
Claiming compensation for asbestos-related illness can take time. By doing your best to stay healthy through the winter, you will leave yourself in a better position to continue the battle to hold those responsible to account.