7 Tips For How to Stay Healthy This Fall

Fall Health Tips - Christian Healthcare Centers

Some of the biggest health problems that we see in the fall/winter season are: cold and flu, overeating/comfort food, decreased physical activity, and start of SAD. Keep reading to get some tips from our doctors and nurses on how to stay healthy and feel great this fall!

Wash the Cold and Flu Away:

Wash your hands! Now more than any other time of the year is time to exercise good hand hygiene. This helps prevent the spread of germs, like cold and flu bugs, and also can give your hands a quick burst of warmth on cold days.

Share Your Delicious Treats:

If you are making holiday goodies like cookies, pies, or sweet breads, leave enough for yourself and your family to have only 1-2 servings and give the rest to a friend, a neighbor, or someone in need. That way you spread the joy around, and don’t have easy access to tempting foods.  This will help avoid the common overeating during the holiday season.

Beat Comfort Food Cravings:

As the days get shorter and colder, our bodies naturally crave warm comfort foods like carbs, starches, and cheese. A healthy alternative is to make soup or chili. This is a good way to incorporate more vegetables in your diet, and you satisfy the comfort food craving. Just be sure and watch the salt though.

Stay Active:

Finding yourself less active this fall? Try raking your leaves instead of using the leaf blower. Its good cardiovascular exercise, and being out in nature can help boost your mood. If your yard is done, then do your neighbors. Your heart, and your neighbor, will thank you.

Always strive to stay active. Make a weekly work-out plan and find an accountability partner. You don’t have to have a gym membership to stay fit. Go biking or running, or find simple home work-out ideas online.

Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) With Vitamin D:

Feeling blue because skies are grey? Get yourself a dose of the sunshine vitamin. Studies have shown that higher levels of Vitamin D in the blood improves mood and cognitive function. Our doctors recommend Vitamin D3 1000 units daily during the fall and winter months.

 Stay Hydrated:

Hot coffee and tea always tastes delicious this time of year, but make sure you’re also drinking the proper amount of water to keep your immune system strong. Try drinking half your body weight in ounces each day. You’ll be amazed how much better you will feel!

Eat a balanced diet:

Limit your intake of sugary foods and try adding some of these immune-boosting foods to your diet: Citrus fruits, broccoli, garlic, mushrooms, spinach, yogurt, nuts, and green tea.

 

Want to Hang Out With Us?  Register For Our Event!

Christian Healthcare Centers is having a Family Fun Fest event this Saturday (Nov 4).  It is free to attend and features:

  • Chick-Fil-A Lunch
  • Bouncy Houses
  • Music and Dancing
  • Video Games
  • Billiards
  • Basketball/Volleyball
  • And More!
2 replies
  1. Larry Weaver
    Larry Weaver says:

    I appreciate the tip to make a weekly work-out-plan as a way to stay active. My wife and I are looking to find a primary health care provider so that we can get further aid in staying healthy. By being active and getting the medical help we need, I think we’ll be able to take care of ourselves better than we have in the past.

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  2. Sam Solo
    Sam Solo says:

    I like the idea of using chili to satisfy a food craving. I have high blood pressure, so I would have to make some without a whole lot of salt. Thank you so much for the health tips!

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