Increase your defences, relax, eat better (more fruit and vegetables and less animal derivatives), sleep more, play sports, these are some of the tips that experts recommend to face the fall, a season that is characterized by shorter days (fewer hours of light), lower temperatures and the first rains.
With these changes, it is not surprising that our physical and mental health suffers.
But let’s start at the beginning, how do we increase our defences? Bearing in mind that mornings and nights are colder, we should wrap up a little bit more. In addition, food is one of the most important aspects to take care of. Low-fat diets are proven to improve the response of the immune system. The idea is to base our diet in a higher intake of fruits and vegetables, good sources of vitamins and minerals. Give priority to seasonal foods, also rich in antioxidant vitamins and minerals. Opt for pulses and eggs, rich in iron, as well as fish and leafy greens.
With a lowest number of hours of light, our body needs more rest. It is therefore advisable to sleep well, which helps you feel better and improve your health. Some key recommendations are avoid drinking stimulants a few hours before going to bed, as well as heavy dinners.
Caring for your mood would be another important aspect. Autumn is a season that negatively affects our general tone, also from the psychic point of view. To this end, one should relax, maintain a positive attitude towards changes, which in this season can also be enjoyed. Reading, listening to music, going out to see new places are among the stimuli that can help us respond better to such changes.
Practising sports is also essential. Although one should exercise on a day-to-day basis, in autumn even more, as long as you are specially careful with some details such as covering sensitive areas such as neck or chest.
Let’s not forget one of the most delicate areas to be taken into account in autumn, we are referring to the respiratory tract, more sensitive and prone to infections due to changes in temperature. Maintaining healthy habits, together with resting well and having a good nutrition will help to avoid colds or the dreaded flu.