Fall is here and with it the crisp air, cooler temperatures, and beautifully changing foliage. It is time for warm drinks and cozy sweaters, falling leaves, and delicious apples. Unfortunately, it is also allergy, cold, and flu season. With a few precautions, you can help your immune system help you to make the most of the season. To feel your best and stay healthy this fall, follow these 7 super smart wellness tips.
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
In the fall, the air is drier and since we aren’t sweating every time we walk outside, we sometimes forget we still need to drink plenty of water. Not only is it important to hydrate from the inside, though. Using a humidifier in the home and taking time to apply extra moisturizer and lotion to your skin will help prevent dry, cracking skin that can allow infections to begin. Your skin is your first line of protection against illness, so take care of your magnificent skin.
2. Eat Juicy Foods
Eat juicy foods high in antioxidants such as colorful berries, fruits, and vegetables. Even though the season is ending for these foods, frozen food technology is so advanced that frozen fruits and veggies retain most of their beneficial nutrients. You’ll be happy to know that dark chocolate and pecans are also high in antioxidants. Staying healthy can be delicious.
3. Cook Crockpot Meals and Soups
Not only does slow cooking make our food more delicious - there’s science behind that - but crockpot meals are usually lower stress to prep, take less time to clean up after, incorporate a wide array of vegetables, and are naturally hydrating.
4. Boost Your Immune System
Boost your immune system with Vitamins C and D. These vitamins help our bodies fend off and recover from illness, and as we shift into fall with shorter days and less sunlight, we need to make a specific effort to consume foods that give us the nutrients we need, such as citrus food, dairy, and green leafy vegetables. You can also take supplements to help you reach the recommended daily intake of these vitamins.
5. Go Outside During the Day
Many people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the fall and winter months due to the lack of sunlight. Taking the opportunity to spend time in the bright natural light can help improve your mood. Sitting next to a window can also help. If your schedule prevents you from spending time outside during the day, you can try a light therapy lamp. Many people experience boosts in mood from sitting near the lamps for 20-30 minutes during the first hour they are awake.
6. Stay Active
As the days grow colder, it can be tempting to hibernate with a warm beverage and a cozy blanket. While rest and self care are also super important, making time for exercise most days of the week will help boost your immune system, improve your sleep patterns, and elevate your mood.
7. Take Precautions
Fall has always been the beginning of cold and flu season, and now we have to worry about Covid. Taking some simple precautions such as washing your hands frequently, carrying hand sanitizer, and cleaning frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs is important. Getting a flu shot and wearing a mask in crowded public spaces adds another layer of protection.
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