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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!