Autumn Wellness Tips to Keep You Healthy This Fall

 

 The transition from summer to fall can be a challenge. To help ease the change, we have put together some Autumn Wellness Tips to help keep you healthy & happy!

 

Ask Your Doctor About Vitamin D supplements. We get most of our Vitamin D from the sun, and our intake decreases when the weather is colder since we spend most of our time inside during the fall/winter seasons. If you find you are not getting outside much, a Vitamin D supplement may boost your mood and immune system.

Discuss if you need a flu shot with your physician, especially if you areover 65, have asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease. The flu can be dangerous and even deadly if it turns into pneumonia or causes other medical problems.

Boost your immune system. You can do this by drinking plenty of water, washing your hands often to prevent sickness, and eating nutritious foods.

Get yourself ready for Daylight Savings Time. Go to bed earlier when you can, especially the week before the clocks change. Longer periods of darkness = longer periods of sleep!  Everyone feels better when getting a good night’s sleep!

Buy in-season food. Beets, broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, kale, pumpkin, broths, roasted squash, roots and sautéed dark leafy greens are all great, healthy choices.

Keep a schedule. The cold months can seem to drag on and push us into isolation. Stay on track by scheduling time in your day to do things you like to do.

Move that body!  Just because it will be colder/darker doesn’t mean you should shut down and become a “couch potato”!  Even if unable to get out – you can always do stretches, lift light weights, etc.  Watch TV, but, move for a ½ hour while doing so – it will lift your spirits and boost your immune system!

Be kind to yourself. The upcoming holidays can cause weight gain; the Halloween candy is in abundance in stores and very tempting, and soon the turkey, stuffing, pies etc., will be calling your name! Also, the shorter days can cause low mood, and the cold/ flu season can cause sickness. Get a checkup now and get ready for fall/winter – being proactive about your health is the best “medicine”!

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