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Best 5 Habits For Your Health This Autumn

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Autumn is a time of change & transition from the heat of summer to the cold & darker days of winter. With a little preparation, we can adjust to this change more easily, remain healthier & have plentiful amounts of energy to get us through those shorter, colder days when winter arrives. Here are my FANTASTIC FIVE Tips;

Make it a priority to get 30 minutes EXTRA sleep 5 out of 7 days. This is important as the days get shorter & our energy dwindles around mid afternoon. Make this change PRIOR to the switching of Daylight saving time & continue to after. It will make it easier to adapt to the drearier, darker days of winter.

Shop & plan for heartier meals, that you can make larger portions of (soups, stews, chili; veggie & regular) so that you have meals which  satisfy your carb cravings. This way you will have leftovers for 1-2 more dinners, and will be taking stress off of planning & cooking meals more often.

Use spices & herbs that BOOST our immune systems, BEFORE the cold & flu season starts & be better prepared when it hits everyone.

Here are my top 4 spices/herbs to utilize this Fall & some of their other great benefits;
1) Cinnamon; stabilizes blood sugar levels, is a  powerful ant-inflammatory, relieves pain in muscles, joints & connective tissues.
2) Cloves, have strong antiseptic properties for infections, colds, aids with digestive issues & HAS THE HIGHEST ANTIOXIDANT LEVEL of all the spices & herbs!!
3) Rosemary; helps improve mental concentration & combats mood swings & depression. Effective against respiratory issues/ allergies & infections. It fights toxins from forming cancer cells in our stomach & colon.
4) Thyme; very similar to Rosemary, but also effective at treating Bronchitis, chest congestion, sore throats. It also calms the nervous system and aids with problems with insomnia.

Stay hydrated by drinking a greater variety of Teas, especially herbal, green, Oolong, & White teas. Besides being lower in caffeine, these teas are packed with anti-oxidants, have anti-inflammatory properties, & are great for relieving, sore throats, coughs, and nasal congestion, brought on by allergies & colds. Fall generally is a drier time of the year, even though temperatures are moderate. So stay hydrated in a healthier way & “form a beneficial new habit!

Go for a walk in the woods; Aka,”Forest Bathing”. Yea that’s correct, IMMERSE yourself in the splendor of the changing season & let your senses have an “exploration” of HOW Autumn is a transition from the hectic summer, to the more “grounded & mellow” time of the harvest. Also, you will be doing your heart & nervous system a huge benefit, as studies in Japan have shown, a 30-40 minute walk/jog decreases stress, (the “fight or flight response”) & lowers blood pressure by as much as 35%!!

So plan to make these easy modifications to your daily routine now and let the Autumn properly prepare you for the full attack and change that comes with winters arrival  !!!

Namaste!!

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