As the seasons change, so should your health and wellness routine. If you think about it, what your body needs in the summer months is not the same as what your body needs during the fall months.
If you’ve been feeling more lethargic since the weather has started to cool down, you’re not alone!
These autumn healthy living tips can help you stay healthy, energized, and fight off seasonal colds.
Evaluate Your Supplements
If you’ve lived in the Chicago area for any length of time, you’ve probably
heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD). The dry, chilly weather
coupled with the dwindling daylight hours can have an impact on mental
To combat SAD, take a look at your supplement routine. Vitamin D is an
excellent addition during this time of year. Typically sourced by the sunlight, to
increase your vitamin D intake, add fatty fish or a vitamin D supplement into
your wellness routine.
Try Light Therapy
We’ve talked before about how plants need regular light exposure to grow,
and humans are no different! With less sunlight each day, we experience a
disruption in our circadian rhythm, leading to a bodily imbalance. The result is
typically symptoms like fatigue, oversleeping, increased appetite, overeating,
and weight gain.
But the news isn’t all bad! Exposing yourself to light regularly can help combat
SAD and all those unpleasant side effects. If you haven’t visited Larimar Med
to try our red light therapy services, now is a perfect time!
Get Out There and Move
Okay, we know this one can be tough. When the weather is dark and cold,
who really has the motivation to go outside?
The fact remains, exercise is still an excellent way to boost serotonin and
improve your mood. Indoor activity is an excellent alternative, but getting
outside while the sun is shining gives you not only the boost from exercise but
also a boost from the sun. So, layer up and head outside to give your body the
movement it craves.
Give Into Stillness
The autumn season is nature’s way of slowing down and taking time to pause.
We suggest taking a cue from mother nature and doing the same! To get out
of an emotional funk or to keep your spirits high, spend more time in
meditation or journaling.
Pay Extra Attention to Your Immune System
Your immune system needs a little TLC during the autumn and winter months.
This doesn’t have to be over the top either! Drink plenty of water, get plenty of
sleep, and eat consciously. The holidays can be a time of overindulgence,
which can lead to a weakened immune system, fatigue, and weight gain.
Instead, replenish your body with healthy foods. Bone broth, fermented
veggies, and other seasonal produce can help you boost your immunity
through the fall and winter months.
If you’re interested in learning more about our functional medicine and
biohacking services that can keep you healthy all fall and winter long, contact us at Larimar Med in St. Charles, IL today.