The days are getting shorter and the evenings cooler. Autumn is here, and winter isn’t far behind. So how can you stay on top of your health this season? There are 4 tips you need to know about Autumn health:
Boost your immunity
Before the cold and flu season hits, take the time to bolster your immune system. Book an appointment with a dietician or nutritionist, to ensure your diet is loaded with enough fruits, vegetables, and other essential nutrients. A health professional can also pinpoint any deficiencies, and advise you on supplements to get your body running at its best.
Natural immunity boosters include fresh foods that reflect the season’s colours. For instance, sweet potatoes, carrots, and pumpkin are packed with beta-carotine – a sign of antioxidants essential for good health. White produce is also a winner for boosting your immunity. Choose onions, pears, root veggies, garlic, tofu, cauliflower, and white beans.
It’s tempting to skip your usual outdoor activities and curl up on the couch. But autumn can still be a lovely time to get out and about. Feeling the cold? Try a gentle yoga or pilates class, swimming, a gym class, or even a dance class – to get warmed up and stay healthy. Sticking to a regular routine now makes it be easier to stay active during winter, too.
Focus on self-care
Summer is often a time to socialise ‘til the sun goes down. But as the season shifts, we all tend to huddle at home. Plus, the shorter days and colder nights make it tempting to stay in. So take this time to look after yourself. Learn a new hobby, cook up some healthy heart-warming meals, finally dig into the stack of books on the nightstand, or just spend some time resting and reflecting. Or take a trip to a day spa, or massage therapist for the ultimate relaxation.
Be sun smart
The sun might be hiding, but we all know cloudy days can damage our skin. So remember to keep slipping, slopping, and slapping (and wrapping the sunnies around your noggin) to prevent premature ageing, skin cancer, and other damage.
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