5 Tips For a Healthy Fall 2021
Allergies, fatigue, seasonal depression; it’s a great time to start thinking ahead and prepare your body for tackling cold-weather ailments that could soon be heading our way. We’ve compiled a quick list of five key ways to stay on top of your health and wellbeing in September – many of which will guarantee a more enjoyable fall season for you and your family.
Choose immunity-boosting foods — As the weather gets colder and flu season starts, it’s important for your immune system to be in tip-top shape. Now is the perfect time to boost your natural immunity and give your body the best chance at defending yourself against some of those pesky change-of-season bugs that will soon be floating around – not to mention, the dreaded cold and flu season. There’s nothing like a savory, rich soup on a chilly fall day. Consider opting for a veggie soup filled with fiber-rich vegetables like spinach. We can all use more veggies!
Set a steady sleep schedule— As the sun goes down earlier, it can throw off your natural circadian rhythm. Try to maintain a sleep schedule of at least seven hours and keep your normal bedtime and waking hours the same as the rest of the year.
Watch your water intake — Substitute water for sugary or alcoholic drinks to combat dehydration. As it gets colder, your body can lose as much fluid as it might in hot climates due to the high rates of energy used in colder climates. Thanks to heavier clothing, you’ll sweat more. Keep your water intake high as fall fades into winter, too.
Switch up your fitness routines — If you live in a colder climate, like Edmonton, you’ll probably have to give up your outdoor activities soon. Make it less of a shock by taking some of your routines indoors and slowly incorporating indoor gym sessions. Getting into an early workout routine will guarantee you stay on top of your health regimen and also free you up for more downtime in the afternoons to relax and unwind.
Get your daily dose of vitamin D — This essential vitamin helps the body absorb calcium. When fall arrives, daylight — one source of vitamin D — is less available. Aside from the sun, you can also get extra Vitamin D through a few foods, like fatty fish and mushrooms. Foods like milk, orange juice, yogurt, and breakfast cereals can also be fortified with Vitamin D. You can always go the supplement route, in the form of Vitamin D3, if your doctor thinks it’s necessary.
We hope you had a great summer and will have an even better fall. Stay healthy, stay happy!