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Are You Ready for the Big Chill?

Much of the nation will see a plunge in temperatures this week. Staying warm is a priority for everyone, but it is especially important for the very young and elderly. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help you and your family stay healthy as the temperatures fall:

  • Do eat wisely. Eating can raise your body temperature. Be sure to consume adequate protein.
  • Do limit alcohol intake. Alcohol causes the body to lose heat at a faster rate.
  • Do drink warm fluids. Choose decaffeinated teas or low-salt broth. Too much salt and caffeine can leave you dehydrated.
  • Do exercise. Staying active will help to raise your body temperature.
  • Do layer your clothing. Loose layers form air pockets in between each layer, making an insulated barrier against the cold. Know when to stop–if you start to sweat, remove some layers.

Keep warm, but be smart!

  • Don’t use your oven as a heater. This can lead to a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Don’t leave a pot of boiling water on the stove. A room with the proper humidity level feels warmer, but an unattended pot on the stove is a fire hazard. Buy a humidifier instead.
  • Don’t use space heaters in tight spaces. Keep your heater far away from curtains, bedding, paper, and other flammable surfaces.
  • Don’t set your thermostat below 68 degrees. It may put you at risk for hypothermia, a condition that occurs when your body temperature drops too low.

Do you need a healthcare provider? Don’t wait until you’re sick! UT Medical Group’s Department of Family Medicine includes providers who care for both children and adults at three convenient locations: Downtown, East Memphis, and Covington. Contact the office nearest you to make an appointment.

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For more than 35 years, patient care has been our first concern at UT Medical Group, Inc.

Whether you need care for a chronic medical condition or an organ transplant, UTMG has a doctor for you. Our award-winning medical staff includes more than 100 providers who offer a wide range of primary and specialty care. Many of them have been named among the best in their fields by Best Doctors®, Top Doctors®, and other organizations. Because these doctors also serve on the faculty of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, they have access to the latest medical treatments and cutting-edge research—which translates into advanced, quality care for our patients. UTMG doctors provide services at many convenient locations, including the Memphis Medical Center and Germantown.

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