The Winter 2013 “CODE” (the Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association USA/Canada Newsletter) came out recently. I wanted to share some helpful winter and holiday tips and advice that once included in the newsletter.
“Fall and winter can be a tough time of year for people with CVS. CVS patients often have more episodes during these months for a lot of reasons, including the excitement and stress of the holidays, difficulty remaining physically active when the weather turns cold, storms, and illnesses. Remember that physical activity can help CVS patients stay healthy. Staying physically active improves mitochondrial function, which helps prevent CVS episodes. Physical activity is also a great way to manage stress and to “burn off” the chemicals that are produced in your body when you are excited or experiencing stress. Dress warmly when you go outside to reduce the physical stress of adjusting to temperature change. Be sure to practice the principals of good hygiene to reduce your risk of illnesses – your best defense against the common cold and the flu is to wash your hands regularly. And, don’t forget to talk to your doctor about whether a flu shot would be a good way for you to reduce your risk of getting the flu. As always, be sure to make time to have fun doing things you enjoy!”
Credits: CODE, Winter 2013 Newsletter of the Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association USA/Canada
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