Now that we all understand Seasonal Change, we must learn how to cope with it, here I have laid out some tips that I have found so helpful in the past.
Tip 1 Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Water is essential we need water to do almost all of our functions within our body; did you know that around 60% of the body is made of water? Yet we sometimes find ourselves drinking less water in the winter months. As the weather cools we turn up the heat and wear more layers. This artificial warm environment can lead to winter dehydration, the danger with this is it’s harder to notice especially if you’re still feeling cool and not sweating like you might in warmer months. Keeping well hydrated during winter ensures that your protective barriers are fully functional, this way you might more easily fight off infections and viruses.
A good way to avoid winter dehydration is to leave a water bottle on your bed side table. Drinking water first thing in the morning is a great way to start your day. If you’re like me and tend to forget things it can help you get water into your routine from the outset of each day. I use a Cheeki bottle as they are insulated so your water will stay cool right through till morning.
Tip 2 Eating in Season & Locally
Eating what is in season and sourcing it locally can be of great benefit to your health. Eating what is in season helps to maintain the balance of Yin and Yang. Your diet should be like your wardrobe and you should change it to suit the seasons. Would you wear a bikini in Winter? No, then your diet too should be treated the same way. If we are eating Yin foods (cold foods) such as raw fruit and veg and cold drinks we are overpowering the Yin making it more dominant. This makes us feel cold from the inside out, which as you might have guessed makes you more prone to getting sick. Therefore in the colder months it should be all about the Yang foods. This may help to strengthen your immune system, boost your energy and nourish you from the inside out, protecting you from the outside environment.
What foods you might ask are Seasonal for Autumn and Winter? Here are some amazing tasty foods that are currently in season and should be part of your diet.
Give me, give me, give me all the Root Vegetables
Vegetables such as carrots, squash, pumpkin and sweet potato are perfect for this time of the year. Root vegetables may have health benefits as they grow underneath the ground, allowing them to absorb many nutrients and minerals available in the soil. These are then passed on to us when we eat them, try incorporate root vegetables in your lunch and dinner. Personally this time of year I'm all about the warm foods so why not try some root vegetables in a homemade soup. Perfect to warm you from the inside on gloomy washed out winter days.
Get in Lane with Whole Grain
Whole grains are great Yang foods for this time of year as they make you feel full and satisfied, they are the perfect complement to so many dishes and are so easy to work into so many recipes. The best whole grains are brown rice, quinoa, oats and millet. One of my favourite recipes is Quinoa Chicken Strips & Sweet potato. Although if you’re looking for something easy to make, overnight oats are a great way to incorporate wholegrain into your diet and they taste amazing when paired with some seasonal fruit and the True Natural Goodness Breakfast Boost.
To stay Cute eat lots of Fruit
In terms of fruit for this time of year, it’s no surprise apples are the top of the list considering they always end up at the bottom of every trick or treat bag. Apples are ripe this time of year, which explains why many of the Irish traditional Halloween games involve apples. Does anyone else remember bobbing for apples, or apple candy sticks, Yum. Aside from apples other good fruits to incorporate this time of year are pomegranates, citrus fruits and pears. Citrus fruits are important this time of year especially with the weather change their high percentage of Vitamin C can be especially helpful when trying to boost your immune system to fight off infections.
Fish for days
We all have heard that fish is amazing for us in many ways all year but especially in Winter, we need extra Omega – 3 and should be aiming to include fish in two meals per week. There’s no mistake, that the lungs can take a few hits during the Autumn and Winter months. Air becomes heavier and more pressure is put on the respiratory system. Omega – 3 fatty acids may aid the airflow to the lungs helping the body in maintaining its immune defense system.
Tip 3 Introduce Key Supplements
It would be oh so fantastic if we could get all of our required vitamins and minerals from our foods, but unfortunately that may not be the case in this convenience climate. It can be quite helpful to introduce supplements if we are feeling a little under the weather as they can provide extra ways of getting the nutrients, vitamins and minerals we require to perform at optimal health.
Vitamin D being the first vitamin we need to talk about as it’s the sunshine vitamin, with days becoming shorter and work days becoming longer, it is more than likely that most people don’t absorb all the necessary vitamin D required to light up from the inside. During summer, us humans synthesise sunshine into vitamin D. Unfortunately during autumn and winter this becomes more difficult especially in Ireland. A Good Vitamin D supplement are the Better You sprays. I find them so efficient as you can pop them into any bag or keep them at your desk in work. Ready to take with nothing else required just spray a few drops into your mouth and there’s your own hit of internal sunshine.
Vitamin B is essential for the colder months, and it’s all about the B Complex, containing eight essential B vitamins which keep our bodies ticking like well cared for clocks. These essential nutrients help convert our food into fuel, aiding in keeping energy levels high throughout the day. Vitamin b complexes are great for stimulating the immune system and enhancing mood. My Favourite vitamin B complex is by the brand Together; it is a cheap and cheerful complex that is food grown and contains bioflavonoids for extra absorption. Not to mention, Together donate 5% of all profits to Vitamins Angels which says enough about the type of company they are! Their core values being that everyone should be able to afford health supplements, how could you not love them!
Vitamin C & Zinc Can be especially beneficial when taken together, my favourite complex including these two wonder nutrients is the Higher Nature Immune+ It’s at a great price point and contains extra ingredients for immune support such as blackcurrant, elderberry and bilberry. In most cases it is usually a good idea to introduce an immune support during seasonal changes to help maintain year round health as well as an oxidative boost from the currants and berry’s.
Tip 4 Feel the Fear and do it anyway
Get out as much as you can and exercise, whether it’s a walk on your lunch break or a hill climb at the weekend. It doesn’t have to be anything big or bold but getting out and getting active can be a great way to ensure you stay feeling fit and healthy. Don’t let the weather impact your decision to head outside, obviously don’t willingly enter a storm but invest in rain gear, wrap up and push yourself to face the rain, most of the time you’ll actually feel refreshed afterwards, more awake and energised. You know your own body so you know what you can handle in terms of pushing yourself.
Tip 5 Excite your senses from inside your home
Invest in aroma oils or incense, there’s nothing worse than stale air and bad weather that may have you avoiding outside. Why not try creating your own outside Haven inside your home. I usually switch between incense and my diffuser to create whatever smell I’m craving that day. One of my favourite oils is the Ogam Summer blend, it’ great when your craving that summer feeling on dull days, with fresh uplifting smells. Another option is to embrace the winter smells and scents by creating them in your own home. Scents I normally associate with winter are cinnamon, frankincense, eucalyptus and orange. For those of you who like to make their own oils I will be putting up a blog on Christmas Oil blends so keep an eye out over the next few weeks. Although if you don’t want to DIY your own oils another great blend that I love is the Ogam Christmas blend. Investing in the scents of your home can have an uplifting effect on you especially because its where most of you will spend the majority of your time.
Seasonal change is not always easy and affects each person uniquely, I hope you found some of these tips helpful and thank you for taking the time out to listen. For more information follow us on social media or visit in store to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff about what might best suit you this Season!
Good Health Naturally