The arrival of fall also means we’re less likely oblige in fried foods. Autumn is a great time to change your diet by choosing in-season fruits and vegetables and incorporating them into your meals. Some good examples include sweet potato, turnips, squash, apples, cranberries and pears. Remember, the more colourful the fruit or vegetable, the better it is for your health.
It’s also a good idea to boost your immune system. While healthy eating certainly plays a role in doing so, you can also drink plenty of water, and ensure you’re getting proper vitamins and minerals (such as vitamins B, C and D) along with probiotics – which can be found in yogurt or is also available as a supplement. To avoid catching the common cold or flu, always make sure to wash your hands with soap and water, and cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
Exercise is another important factor of staying healthy. As the seasons change from summer to fall, and ultimately winter, we are more likely to become less active. With warmer weather, people often opt to exercise outdoors, but you can also move your exercise routine indoors, too. For example, doing stretches or yoga are two methods of physical activity that can easily be done from home. You can also choose to join a gym, participate in a fitness class at your local community centre, or go to an indoor swimming pool.
Lastly, make sure you get plenty of rest. Daylight savings occurs in November 5th, which means we’ll be setting our clocks back an hour. For some, this has no impact on their sleeping habits…but for others, this can sometimes disrupt their sleeping patterns. Try to come up with a routine of going to bed at the same time each night as well as waking up at the same time each morning. Remember, family physicians like Dr. Ali Ghahary recommend you get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night in order to feel rejuvenated the next day. Depending on how much sleep you get, this can have a positive or negative impact on your health.