The Flu is not one of them.
What are some steps that you can take now to ensure you keep healthy year round?
- Vitamin D - if you live in Canada, supplementation is a fact of life, especially in the winter. It is recommended that everyone supplement with D; deficiency has been linked to too many disease states to list! And when we hibernate and not get any of the winter sun, it's even more vital! Your body can only store so much of this fat soluble vitamin on its own and your stores won't last you through our winters. https://www.givepeasachance.ca/post/vitamin-d-winter
- Activity is important year round. When the temperatures start dropping, we have this bad habit of hiding indoors. Brainstorm on things that you enjoy doing to keep active and think of ways to maybe adapt or adjust them to keep you moving! You're more likely to continue with an activity if you like doing it. This time of year is also a great time to try a new organized activity because they often start up again in the fall!
- Hydration - just because you're not outside sweating away in the sun, doesn't mean you shouldn't keep your water intake up! Start your day with a large glass of good water, and even add some lemon or apple cider vinegar for a boost!
- Stress management - fall starts leading into family events, Christmas, tax season. It tends to be a higher stress period in our lives, and we need to figure out ways to manage the stress and become more resilient. Is there a place where you can say no? Scale back celebrations or budgets? When you have a plan going into these higher stress times in our lives, you can control more of your response.
- Sugar. Oh sugar. Sugar is the single most underrated cause of immune system impairment. Where can you reduce your sugar consumption. One of the best ways to start is to read labels and food log, even for a week! You'll quickly find ways to cut down on this sweet poison! https://www.givepeasachance.ca/post/diffusing-the-sugar-bomb-that-is-halloween
Get your game plan in place now - often it only takes small changes to make a big impact.