The crisp air, cloudy skies, and colorful leaves are letting us know that fall is in full swing! To make the most of this magical season, it's a great idea to reflect and recommit to creating balance and wellness within ourselves. Here are six tips for a healthy mind, body, and soul so that you can flow gently through fall!
1) Boost Your Immune System
Seasonal shifts can sometimes be a shock to our immune systems, especially when days are shorter, temperatures are cooler, and daylight is dimmer. Luckily, there are many simple and natural immune boosting methods that you can utilze for optimal health all season long! Here are a few:
• Up your vitamins – particularly Vitamins B, C and D.
• Take a daily probiotic for healthy immune and digestive systems.
• Stay hydrated! Keep a reusable water bottle with you so that you remember to drink plenty of fresh water. With five key electrolytes, coconut water is a great choice.
• Add turmeric to your diet. Its high level of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds help combat colds.
• Eat lots of living raw foods.
2) Treat Yourself to Some R&R
Fall calls for cozying up and the urge to do so is something you shouldn't resist! Rest and rejuvenation are vital for your overall health and autumn is the time for it. Embrace your inner bear cub and say hello to hibernation. It's time to throw on your comfiest pair of sweatpants and coziest tee. Get ready to relax with these treat yo'self tips:
• Cozy up with a good book.
• Go for a walk outside. Fresh fall air can be so rejuvenating, especially for a mind that feels sluggish or stuck.
3) Opt for Tea
The sweet flavors of fall are popping up everywhere (hey, pumpkin spice lattes), which means that high levels of sugar can be found in a ton of drinks. Avoid unhealthy sugars and processed ingredients and, instead, take advantage of autumn herbs in seasonal teas that are not only delicious, but healthy for you!
Here's a tasty fall tea recipe:
1/8 cup thinly slice organic ginger
1.5 cups of water
½ of an organic cinnamon stick
½ tbsp. of organic raw honey
a squeeze of lemon
4) Eat In-Season Foods
Some of the many health benefits of eating in-season produce include freshness of food with a higher nutritional value as well as support of your body's natural nutritional needs, which vary depending upon the season. Plus, it's more cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
Embrace the yummy foods that autumn has to offer, such as fresh pumpkins, sweet potatoes, turnips, apples, parsnips, yams, figs, elderberries, and cranberries. The combination of these autumn-inspired ingredients can come together to make some delicious dishes, such as creamy pumpkin soup, baked sweet potatoes, and crisp apple pies. YUM!
5) Enjoy a Slower Paced Yoga Practice
Allowing your body to live aligned with the seasons is incredibly important for your health. Join the slower pace of fall by finding gentle ways to move your body. Yoga is the perfect way to do this and it offers many different styles to choose from. You can discover which one is right for you by browsing through these five different videos that are led by yoga instructor, Brett Larkin. The best part? You don't have to leave the comfort of your home! All of these sequences can be done anywhere, any time.
6) Keep Your Skin Moisturized
Cold, crisp outdoor air as well as lots of time indoors with blasting heaters can be really harsh on your skin. Make sure to take good care of your skin by keeping it exfoliated and moisturized during the cooler months. Natural, organic moisturizers are both hydrating and nourishing for skin. Try giving yourself an at-home spa treatment by creating a DIY face mask with natural, nurturing oils. You can also add these oils to a bath so that you can simultaneously relax your body and mind while you replenish your skin.
Do you have any favorite fall wellness tips? Feel free to share them with us! We wish you a serene and rejuvenating fall season!