Much like the environment, our bodies respond to the changes in the seasons. It is important, therefore, help our bodies cope with these seasonal fluctuations by making changes to our routine, diet and supplement regime. The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) has the following five tips to help you prepare for the shorter, colder days ahead so you will continue to thrive and feel great throughout the fall:
1. Eat in season
With the arrival of autumn, it’s always a good idea to change your diet, adding the delicious foods that the season offers. Fresh pumpkins, yams, squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, apples, pears and figs are all rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals. Pumpkins, squash and root vegetables are abundant in vitamin A and carotenoids, which give them their rich orange colour. Vitamin A and carotenoids are powerful anti-oxidants, which can help prevent premature aging and a number of serious illnesses. Make sure to consult the “The Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15” to know which fruits and vegetables are the most and least contaminated by pesticides.
2. Detox in season
We think of spring as the perfect season for cleansing and spring cleaning, but it’s just as important in the fall. A fall detox cleanse will help to stave off seasonal colds, keep your immune system healthy, and prepare you for the colder months ahead. Visit your local health food retailer, where you can find a number of detox solutions, including teas and supplements, as well as several fall detoxifying foods, such as organic apples and beets.
3. Supplement in season
With the changing season, now is the perfect time to boost your immune system. As we start spending more time indoors, cold and flu bugs spread with more ease. Garlic pills, probiotics, vitamins B, C and D, E3 and Zinc are all powerful supplements that will help boost your immune system and help you fight off the nasty bugs that spread in autumn and winter.
4. Boost your mood this season
As many as 20 percent of Canadians are affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD); commonly known as the winter blues. This is a physiological mood disorder that causes depressive symptoms during fall and winter, impacting people that have normal mental health throughout the rest of the year. To cope with the blues, make sure you are getting enough vitamin D, which is known to boost mood. In fall and winter, we can’t produce this vitamin because of the lack of exposure to UV rays from the sun. It’s a good idea to talk to your healthcare practitioner about the benefits of taking a vitamin D supplement.
5. Embrace the season
In between the rainy and windy days of autumn, the sun peeks through just as often. Fall days are made more beautiful with changing leaves and the warm sun. Autumn is filled with beauty. Embrace it and enjoy it before the long cold weather takes over. Take part in fall activities with your family, such as apple picking or local fall fairs.
You can locate your nearest natural health food store, where you can find fresh seasonal foods and learn more about beneficial natural health products for the fall online at chfa.ca.