Bye-Bye Summer, Hello Fall
All summer long, us Louisiana folks go for dips in the pool, enjoy eating fresh fruits, lounge under the hot sun, it's all a part of summertime health and wellness. But what about fall-time wellness? What should we be doing to make sure our health stays in tip-top shape as the season changes?
Here are a few tips to ensure you are prioritizing your health and wellbeing:
Stock up on veggies- veggies such as broccoli, squash, cabbage, pumpkin can be added into soups and other warm dishes to keep you cozy but also internally healthy
Stick to a bedtime routine- Having a nightly routine and getting plenty of rest is key to a healthy immune system, a positive mood, and a strong heart. Try to get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night.
Drink plenty of water - As the temperature drops, it can be easy to forget to hydrate our bodies. Everyone should be drinking at least 60 ounces of water a day. Warm beverages like green tea is a good way to hydrate as well when it's chilly outside.
Stay physically moving- Yes, we know it is very tempting to want to stay cozied up on the couch all season, but it is very important to stay physically active as it lowers your risk for negative health conditions. Taking your dog for a walk, bike riding, or even just stretching is a good way to keep your body functioning.
Care for your skin - As the air gets drier, switching to a rich moisturizer is key to making sure your skin stays smooth. However, just like in the summer, sunscreen is vital in the fall, too. Even though the temperature drops, the sun's UV rays still pose a risk for our skin.
Take a Vitamin D Supplement- Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, control blood sugar, and boosts your immunity. Since the sun is a key source for Vitamin D, our bodies were thriving with Vitamin D. However, as rainy and cloudy days approach, loading up on nutrient-rich food like fish or taking a Vitamin D supplement can ensure good internal health.
Get a Flu Shot - Flu season tends to go rampant around October and November, so now is the time to get a flu shot and/or schedule physical checkups to protect yourself and those around you.
Prioritize your Mental Health - As the holiday season approaches, there may be individuals who are struggling with their mental health due to any reason such as the COVID pandemic, not being able to see their family, financial struggles, etc. So it is important you find someone you trust and/or a therapist to ensure your mental health is being tended to.