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September 27, 2016

6 Simple Ways to Prepare for a Healthy Fall

The air is beginning to carry that familiar chill, and you've probably already started reaching for a warm and comforting sweater. The leaves are falling, and people are already beginning to discuss their costume ideas for Halloween. Autumn is here!

When on the cusp of a new season, checking in on our personal health can do wonders of good. This is the time of year when our daily habits begin to change. Activity levels drop due to the cooler weather, and we begin to indulge in some of our favorite comfort foods.

Preparing yourself for fall is a great way to stay ahead of the game. We've got 6 helpful tips to get you started!

6 Easy Ways to Have a Healthy Fall

  1. Boost your vitamin D.
    Since we absorb vitamin D through our skin from exposure to the sun, it is natural that our levels will drop as the days grow shorter. Vitamin D plays a vital role in calcium absorption and immune system function, so supplementing can help prepare your body for the upcoming season.
  2. Stop by your local farmers market.
    Not only is this a great way to support your community, but it's also the perfect place to load up on seasonal fruits and veggies. Fall is harvest time, so you'll be thrilled with the variety of unique foods to add to your dinner table. Buying produce that's in season will also ensure that they retain as much nutrition as possible - an added bonus! 
  3. Do some fall cleaning!
    Go through your closet and donate some clothes, box up your summer sandals for storage, and make room for winter coats. Clean out the fridge and make room for all the healthy stuff, or even get started with a cleanse! If you haven't rearranged in a while, try moving things around in your current space. These projects are an easy way to refresh your home for the new season.
  4. Get outside.
    It's getting easier to make excuses for staying indoors and snuggle under a blanket, but this is a great time of year to boost your activity level (and your mood). Go for a fall bike ride where you know the leaves are changing, find a corn maze, or start up a tag football game in the park.
  5. Drink more water.
    The summer sun isn't blazing overhead, but it's still important to be sure you're getting enough water. Every system in our body depends on adequate amounts of water to function properly. It also helps in supporting the immune system - an easy way to prevent getting a coldHere are some great reasons to stay hydrated with True Citrus.
  6. Take time for yourself.
    This time of year includes a big line of holidays in a row, starting with Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and suddenly its Christmas again. Before you know it you'll be busier than ever, so now is a great time to start healthy practices for managing your stress. Whether it's taking the time to read a book with a cup of tea, or taking five minutes out of your day to start meditating, preparing yourself early will help you from getting overwhelmed down the road.

The start of autumn should bring with it new beginnings, and positive changes. Supporting your mental and physical health is a wonderful way to embrace the season!

Happy fall!