Work, home, school…Life! Survival frequently means living life at a faster pace than our personal biorhythms can maintain over the long haul. Left unchecked, we create the optimal environment for disease to set up housekeeping in OUR bodies. We do have options and choices. For most of us health and a healthy lifestyle is achieved through the little things we do on a daily basis.
Here are 6 easy tips for a healthy fall and winter
- Adequate sleep, we are a nation of sleep deprived adults. Summer aggravates sleep patterns with the long, hot and busy days. Remember our bodies regenerate during the sleep cycle.
- Eating healthfully, treating your body like a temple and avoiding the empty calories in processed foods gives the body maintenance mechanism all the tools necessary to repair on a daily basis. Our fabulous local Farmers Market makes eating fresh, clean foods easy and fun.
- A good quality, food based vitamin and mineral supplement. Our lifestyles create added demand on the body, which we may not be able to supply solely with the foods we eat. (See your practitioner for recommendations.)
- Water is the staff of life. The average sized person should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses each day. You should start the day with a large glass and end the day with a large glass. If you exercise hard or work in a job where you perspire heavily you will need to drink more. Remember that if you think you are hungry, you may want to have a glass of water first. Our minds often misinterpret the sensation of thirst as hunger.
- Exercise offers mental health as well as physical health. Choose something you enjoy. If you do not have time to get to a gym or belong to a team, spend 10-20 minutes a day walking (walk while you eat your healthy lunch) and stretch first thing in the morning for 5 minutes. Remember, a 20 minute walk after dinner will extend your calorie burn for the day and burn those high glycemic dinner calories.
- Hand washing is always important, especially during the winter flu season. Hand washing is recognized as perhaps the most effective flu prevention measure people can take. More effective than a flu vaccine. The time and money spent on pushing the flu vaccine would be much better spent on educating on, and enforcing, regular hand washing in our schools. I try to remember to wash my hands regularly, especially as soon as I get home. Being out in the world we tend to bring the bugs home where we are more casual about our hygiene. Remember to avoid rubbing your eyes and nose as this is where viral organisms are commonly introduced into the body.