The constantly changing weather can affect your mood. You might feel listless, dizzy and your head might start pounding. You are not alone in experiencing these symptoms. More than half of all South Africans are affected by the weather to varying degrees. A light, low-fat meal with plenty to drink can help. If you also get plenty of exercise and ensure that your diet is varied, you will be well prepared for changing weather conditions.
How to make your body more resilient
Get your body used to the stimuli of changing weather. Regular exercise in the fresh air – in all weathers – will improve how well your circulation and metabolism can adapt to weather conditions’.. It will make you more immune to weather influences. Exercise is also fun and keeps you fit. Walking, cycling, swimming, in-line skating and cross-country skiing are examples of sports that you can do at almost any age. However, a short stroll or gardening are both good options to start guarding yourself against changing weather. The main thing is to get moving on a regular basis in the fresh air!
Light meals – not only for those who are affected by the weather
A low-fat meal can also reduce tiredness caused by the weather. Food that is high in fat can rob you of your liveliness and energy. Fatty food takes longer to digest, which can make you tired and sleepy, particularly after a meal. You should therefore make sure that your diet is varied and balanced – eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and opt for whole grain products. These provide lots of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. They also contain starch and fibre. The combination of all these nutrients ensure that your blood sugar levels remain constant, helping you to concentrate for longer and perform better. The following table shows the low-fat or reduced fat varieties of different foods.
Lower fat variation
|Meat, poultry, sausages||Beef filet, unbreaded veal cutlet, boiled ham and poultry specialities|
|Milk, dairy products, cheese||Dairy products with 1.5% or 0.3% fat and buttermilk (0.5% fat), cheese with a solid fat content of 30% max.|
|Fish||Perch, cod, haddock, Pollack|
Would you like to find out more about low-fat and low-calorie alternatives to important foods? Our Calorie Saving Calculator will help you.
Drink plenty to stabilise blood pressure
Make sure you drink enough water – at least 1.5 to 2 litres a day. The body can then eliminate waste products more effectively. Regular drinking can also help to prevent poor circulation and associated dizziness. Poor circulation can also lead to low blood pressure due to a lack of fluids. If more fluids are added to the circulatory system, your blood pressure will recover and you will not feel dizzy. Wherever possible, drink before you feel thirsty. Mineral water such as, unsweetened herbal and fruit teas, and fruit juice spritzers with a mixture of 1/3 juice to 2/3 water are great options. If you want to find out how healthy your drinking habits are, try our Drink Check.