Viruses tend to spike in the fall and winter as they survive better in cool, dry temperatures, and with this time of year now upon us coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important now than ever to stay healthy.
Whether you just purchased a home among the Oklahoma City houses for sale, you live on the west coast, east coast, or anywhere else in between, these tips can help keep you healthy.
Enjoy the Seasonal Produce
Nutrition is important, and fall is a great time for a fresh start on healthier eating habits. Autumn not only means colorful foliage, but a number of superfoods will be hitting their peak and can easily be found at your local grocery store or farmers’ market. They’ll be filled with produce like squash, apples, sweet potatoes, kale, eggplant, and carrots that are jam-packed with healthy nutrients that can help strengthen your immune system to fight off illness and disease. As they’re in-season, the flavors will be richer, and the prices are likely to be lower too.
Drink Plenty of Water
Your immune system will also thank you for drinking plenty of water every day to stay hydrated. That’s because increasing water intake can improve many of the body’s functions, which is important for battling off those bugs. It also helps to improve the digestive process, vitamin absorption, circulation, and results in more radiant, healthy looking skin.
Spend More Time Outdoors
Fall days often mean mild if crisp temperatures that are ideal for spending time outdoors. You’ll get that all-important vitamin D from the sun. Without enough sunshine, the body can’t produce the vitamin D it needs for your good health – this nutrient helps combat inflammation, which is the root cause of many health conditions. What better reason to get out there and enjoy the fall colors and fresh air? It will make you feel happier too, and happiness is always good for your health and wellness.
If you’re unable to get outside much, consider taking a vitamin D supplement to boost your immune system and your mood.
Get Regular Exercise
While spending time outdoors, try to get some exercise too by going for a walk, run, hike, or bike ride. There are lots of other activities that can be enjoyed with friends in the fall that will keep you active and having fun, from disc golf to flag football. Exercising helps to optimize the body’s defenses against infection, mobilizing inflammation-fighting immune cells while slowing the effects of aging on immune strength.
Appreciate the Little Things
Negative emotions have been shown to weaken the immune system, while positive emotions have the opposite effect. Researchers have also found a link between gratitude and the likelihood of sticking to healthy habits like eating nutritious foods and exercising. One of the best ways to cultivate an attitude of gratitude, appreciating the little things, is to keep a gratitude journal, writing down everything you’re grateful for at the end of each day. It doesn’t have to be a major event, it can be as simple as the beautiful autumn colours, the feel of the leaves crinkling beneath your feet, the smell of pumpkin pie baking in the oven, or hitting green lights all the way to work.