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Get Cozy, Be Well: 5 All-Natural Ways to Stay Healthy this Fall
10.13.19
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4 min read

Fall is officially here! Time to put away your bathing suit and bust out your sweaters, trade in your iced coffee for a steaming mugful of delicious brew, and fire up your crockpot. Goodbye watermelon, hello freshly-picked apples. Bring on the pumpkin spice!

While there’s obviously much to love about fall, between the kids going back to school and people showing up sneezing at work, illness suddenly seems utterly unavoidable. 

There are a number of simple steps you can take to help keep yourself and your family well during the autumn season. Here are some ways to stay healthy this fall and winter. 

Focus on Hydration

Think you can stop worrying about staying hydrated now that sweaty summer weather has passed? Think again. When the temperature drops, so does the amount of humidity in the air. And whether you’re gathered around a wood-burning stove or firing up the furnace, indoor heat sources tend to suck all the moisture right out of the air. When we breathe this dry air, our sinuses and throats pay the price, developing tiny cracks that leave us very uncomfortable.

To combat dryness, experts recommend drinking 48 ounces of liquid every day. (And while, contrary to popular belief, coffee isn’t actually dehydrating, you should probably try to make sure some of those 48 ounces are water.) 

Another way to add moisture to your environment is with a good humidifier. Choose a cool-mist model, and try to keep the humidity level in your space between 30 and 50 percent. Some humidifiers are able to double as essential oil diffusers, potentially providing an added healthy boost.

Eat for Immunity

The season of bountiful fresh produce may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat healthy during the cold months. To nourish your immune system, make sure to incorporate these foods into your diet:

  • Garlic
    In addition to taking virtually any dish from meh to magnificent, garlic may help support immunity. It has a long history of traditional use, possibly due to its high concentration of allicin and other sulfur-containing compounds.* (Allicin is also found in onions, leeks, and shallots, so start chopping!)
  • Citrus Fruits
    Is there anything more uplifting than the smell of a fresh orange in the dead of winter? Along with brightening the darkest of days, citrus fruits are also great to have in your diet thanks to their high vitamin C content.* If you’re not a citrus fan, bell peppers, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts are also good sources of C.
  • Elderberries
    Elderberries pack a serious wellness punch. (That’s why we feature elderberry in our Immune Shield blend.) Unlike many medicinal plants, elderberries are extremely tasty. Try elderberry syrup (available at most pharmacies and health food stores) stirred into your oatmeal, poured onto a stack of pancakes, or even over ice cream. Straight off the spoon works, too.

Prioritize Rest

Our bodies need rest! Sleep is a time when important processes like muscle growth, tissue repair, and hormone regulation take place. When we deprive ourselves of the sleep we need to rejuvenate and recharge, our overall health takes a hit. Here are some steps you can take to help yourself get a good night’s rest.

  • Switch to Decaf in the Afternoon. Drinking caffeinated beverages too late in the day may prevent you from falling asleep at bedtime. Opt for a mug of Wildcrafter’s decaffeinated Spiritual Chill instead.
  • Sleepify your Space. Your bedroom should be a tranquil oasis — think dim lighting, cool temperature, and comfy bedding.
  • Step Away from the Screen. Research suggests the light from your phone or other device may interfere with your body’s natural sleep cycle. Put away your phone/tablet/laptop at least two hours before bed.

Feel Blessed, Not Stressed

Stress is associated with a whole host of health issues. It has even been linked to weight gain, possibly because many of us tend to reach for unhealthy comfort foods when we’re stressed out. 

Given how bad stress is for our bodies and minds, it’s no surprise that it negatively affects the immune system. Certain stress hormones may suppress the immune system, weakening its illness-fighting power. 

Since stress is pretty much unavoidable for most of us, what can we do to manage it? Here are some ways you can lower your stress levels to stay healthy this fall.

  • Exercise
    Without a doubt, exercise is one of the best ways to blow off steam, helping you release some of the tension you carry around every day. If making time for exercise feels hard (because you’re stressed enough already!), try incorporating it into your schedule by biking to class instead of driving, taking the stairs at work, or parking far from the entrance of the store when shopping.
  • Get Outside
    More and more research is piling up demonstrating the physical and mental benefits of spending time in nature. Even if you live in a city, just 20 minutes hanging out at a park is enough to make you a happier person. Instead of wasting your lunch break scrolling through social media, head outside and beeline for a green space.
  • Practice Relaxation
    Consider adding a calming practice like yoga or meditation to your routine. Meditation in particular can provide a lot of soothing stress relief in not very much time. You can even do a breathing exercise, like the 4-7-8 technique from Dr. Low Dog, anywhere and anytime. 

Be Well with Wildcrafter

With a few lifestyle tweaks, you can make sure you’re doing everything you can to stay healthy through fall and winter. And it’s just as easy to make health-supporting herbs a part of your cold weather ritual with Wildcrafter’s Immune Shield. If you’re going to drink coffee, why not support yourself with every cup? Be well, and stay cozy!

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