Harmattan: Tips On How To Cope With Cold, Harsh Weather

harmattan in Lagos state

The Harmattan is here and everyone is feeling the harshness of the weather.

It is often cold in the morning, with an increased level of oxygen which is taking its toll on everyone.

While it is harsh, one part of your body that suffers most is your skin.

From dehydration to dryness of the skin, you just cannot fail to get a feel of it. This dryness has its effect on you.

But there are few things you can do to help you get relief from the harshness of the weather.

1.      Increase Intake Of Water

As a result of the dehydration that the breeze brings, your body needs water to help it stay moisturised.

The only way you can do this is by increasing your intake of water. You might not feel like it, but you have to find a way to drink water.

The body of an adult is over 60% and maintaining that level is very vital to stay healthy. As the harshness of the weather increases, it is important that you find every means of increasing water intake.

One way to do this is to eat fruits and vegetables that have high water content.

water intake and harmattan
Celery

Lettuce, watermelon, cucumber and the likes could provide your body the needed water.

Other things you could explore is milk and natural citrus juices. They will help provide the body the amount of water it needs.

2.      Raise Body Immunity

Really, you need your immune system now more than every before to stay healthy and free from illness.

Often, in periods like this, people come down with cold, cough and catarrh.

Increasing the intake of immune-boosting foods – citrus, watermelon, garlic, ginger and the likes – will help fortify your system against infections.

Pomegranate health benefits
Pomegranate at Prince Ebeano Supermarket

It is easy to contract infection now because of the increased level of oxygen and the poor hygiene habit of Nigerians.

But boosting the immune system is a great way of reducing the chances of getting cough and catarrh.

3.      Keep Harmattan Cold Away In Your Home

Sometimes, it is hard to keep the cold away from your home during harmattan, but this tip could help.

This is the right time to use candle light in your home. Find candle stands that are safe and light the candles in your room to keep it warm.


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Children and elderly people need this to stay warm.

Another thing to use is warm water bag. This bag helps you stay warm when placed on your bed.

4.       Use More Natural Cream During Harmattan

Natural creams that are mild on the skin are better for a weather like this.

Shea butter can help during harmattan
Shea Butter

They will help keep the skin moisturised and able to ward-off cold. Creams made from Shea butter are great for harmattan period.

5.       Purify The Air In Your Home

Natural essential oils will be great to have at homes now and they will help to purify the air at home so that your respiratory organ will feel better.

You can add them in diffusers or drop them  at different corners of your home.

Get them and use them. You can rub them on your nostril before you go to bed.

Kindly share with your friends and loved ones to help them find tips that can help in harmattan period

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