Depending where you live, fall weather is just around the corner. Fall is gorgeous because of the changing colors of the leaves, apples and pumpkins in abundance, less humidity, and a relief from the heat, just to name a few things.
Even if it’s not cold, it will be cooler, and the lower temperatures (even if only at night) will be an adjustment for your body. During this adjustment, your body will need the proper care. Now is the time to prepare your immunity for fall. Don’t wait until your entire family is under the weather and then panic.
Here are just a few ways (not a complete list) of how to prepare your immunity for the fall weather.
1. Eat as much local produce as possible.
Local produce contains more nutrition usually because there is less time between the produce being harvested and the produce being eaten.
This produce can come from a local farmer, your garden, or your container garden. Go here to learn how to eat more vegetables.
2. Spend as much time outdoors as possible.
Ok, if it is 105 degrees outside, please be careful. However, as the weather cools down, it’s vital to get outside and soak up as much Vitamin D as possible. Fresh air is also a benefit of being outdoors.
Washing the car, raking the leaves (when they come), weeding the garden, reading outside, and eating outside are all ways to be outdoors!
3. Lower your sugar intake.
While sugar is a tasty treat, it does kill the gut, which in turn harms your immunity. Here are three no bake desserts you can make and keep in the freezer for a sweet and healthy treat! Honey is an excellent sweetener that has high nutritional value and not just empty calories.
4. Get sufficient rest.
Rest is important because that is when your body repairs itself.
An early bedtime works wonders because every hour of sleep you get before midnight is like three hours of sleep after midnight. Going to bed at a decent hour can help you wake up early and therefore be more productive.
5. Be sure to take your vitamins consistently.
I highly recommend a probiotic at the very least. While you may get plenty of Vitamin D in the summer, you may not during the winter. Therefore, it is vital to begin taking Vitamin D long enough in advance so that it has time to build up in your system.
6. Eat organic onions and garlic with your meals each day.
We like to add onions and garlic to salad. Please remember that it is best to eat vegetables raw or lightly steamed for best nutritional value. Onions are high in vitamin C, and garlic is also excellent for your immunity.
If you are tired of being under the weather for 3-4 weeks at a time each fall/winter? It is always easier to avoid illness than it is to treat it. It’s also less expensive and less stressful. If you are serious about investing in your health, please take a moment to fill out my short questionnaire, and I will get back to you within 24 hours with your personalized recommendation.
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Outdoor time has been lacking for me this summer. Could be one of the reasons my family is “sick” right now. Now that temperatures are lower than 100 we can enjoy the outdoors again.
As odd as it seems, Beth, summer can be hard on the immune system. It is challenging to be outdoors when you are in danger of being “cooked” outside! This is why I love fall – lower temperatures and lower humidity!