Seasons are changing, and cooler temperatures are finally on their way. Spring is often seen as a time of renewal that encourages a refresh of our habits, but there’s no need to wait till then. Fall is a great opportunity to check in with yourself and make sure you are getting the care you need. You’ll thank yourself when you aren’t sick for the holidays.
Here are five ways to stay healthy this fall.
1. Eat the Season
Seasonal produce is always delicious and healthful. The more fresh a fruit or vegetable is, the more flavor and nutrition it has. Fall gives us a bounty of tasty and healthy produce to choose from. Squash, including pumpkins and root veggies like potatoes, carrots, beets, cabbage, and kale, are superfoods that are coming into season now. They are also easy to prepare and versatile enough to go with most meals.
Dark yellow vegetables like carrots and squash contain high amounts of beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for eye health and immunity. Fall is often a time when people get sick more often with colds and flu, but it also provides us with the nutrients to strengthen our bodies against sickness.
Leafy greens, cranberries, apples, beets, and cruciferous vegetables are nutrient powerhouses. They contain loads of vitamin C, B vitamins, and minerals. All these nutrients are essential for cellular processes that prevent diseases like cancer and seasonal threats like the flu. Eating plenty of whole fruits and vegetables will also increase your fiber intake. Higher fiber diets have been linked with healthier body weight and a decreased incidence of cardiovascular disease.
Best of all, you can get this nutrition without getting fancy in the kitchen. You can slice squash, potatoes, carrots, and other hearty veggies, season them with oil and a little salt and roast them in the oven. Roasted vegetables make a great side dish and are even hearty enough to be a meatless meal. You can also toss together an apple and kale salad or make a hearty soup out of a pureed pumpkin. However, you choose to do it, eating the produce of fall is a great way to improve your health.
2. Enjoy the Outdoors
In many places across the country, this year, summer was sweltering. You may have found yourself hibernating on the couch almost as much as you do during the winter. Fall is the perfect opportunity to get off the couch and into the great outdoors.
Hiking, biking, and walking are good ways to get in a workout and enjoy the scenery. Even chores like raking leaves and pulling weeds can be good for the body and mind. Research shows that spending more time outdoors is beneficial to mental and physical health.
This year, outdoor gatherings are also safer than indoor ones due to the pandemic. Exercising and socializing outside in the fall is a great way to boost your physical and mental wellness.
3. Don’t Go on a Sugar High
Fall offers many opportunities for healthier living, but the holiday season can try even the most self-controlled eaters. Sugar wreaks havoc on the immune system, and long-term overconsumption can cause heart problems and diabetes. Avoiding temptation is always best, so try not to keep your favorite Halloween candy in your cupboards all month long.
At holiday meals, try to eat more lean protein and fiber-filled vegetables. If you are full of healthy food, you’ll be less likely to fill up on treats. The protein and fiber will also help slow the sugar’s entrance into your system, putting less tax on your pancreas. Remember that alcohol turns to sugar in the body, so count it as part of dessert.
Of course, everyone should have some of their favorite foods and treats around the holidays, just don’t overdo it. With moderation in mind, you can enjoy the holidays without detriment to your health.
4. Get Adjusted
After all the Netflix and chill this last year, our backs could use some work. Becoming more active in the fall after sitting more during the summer can also strain your body until you become used to it. Getting a chiropractic adjustment can sort out any subluxations before they turn into bigger problems.
In addition to preventing and treating pain, regular chiropractic care can also boost the immune system and reduce stress. This is because the spine affects your spinal cord- the main highway of your nervous system. A well-aligned spine helps your nervous system function optimally, and that is good for every part of your body.
In addition to providing treatments, your chiropractor can also help you out with questions you may have about creating an ergonomic home office or how to work out safely. Chiropractors are holistic health care providers who believe in treating the whole patient and helping the patient take care of themselves.
5. Catch up on Other Wellness Care
Many people have put off checkups and routine vaccinations during the pandemic. It’s important to keep up with these things to prevent serious health problems. Many illnesses and conditions can be treated if caught early. Fall is a good time to catch up on vaccines and well visits for both adults and kids. A healthy holiday and winter season starts with good preventative care now.
Many virtual and minimal contact options are available to help you get the care you need without exposure to Covid-19. The back-to-school season is also a good time to check in with your at-home wellness care. Good hand-washing, plenty of sleep, and nutritious foods are key to staying well this fall.
Preventative Healthcare in Kentucky
At All Star Chiropractic, we believe that prevention is the best medicine. We offer preventative treatments and lifestyle advice to help you maintain your health. Should you become injured, we can help you get back on your feet and prevent re-injury. Schedule a consultation today to discuss your wellness goals.