Fall is a time for transition from summer to winter. It is a time to focus on our health in preparation for the cold days to come. Changes in weather and temperature will, one way or another, affect our body’s resistance to diseases and infection. That’s why, as early as today, we must do something to make our immune system stronger.
First of all, don’t let the cold breeze stop you from being active or from getting enough rest. Get plenty of sleep at night and get on with your exercise routine during the day. If you do not have one, now is the best time to start. You can either go outdoors on a fine Fall morning or stay indoors with a couple of home exercises at least 3 times a week.
Another thing that you have to watch out for is your diet. All the seasonal foods that you can find in the grocers or buy from your local farmers are sure to satisfy your cravings for hearty meals. They’re not only cheap, they’re also fresh and packed with nutrients that will nourish your body.
Robin’s Blue Nest suggests the following foods that should be taken especially during the Fall season because they help to build immunity, stay off infectious disease and help with digestion.
Burdock Root A nutritive tonic, balances blood sugar levels, reduces degenerative processes and improves skin conditions. Burdock tea is sold in all natural and whole food markets.
Dandelion Root Chopped or grated into a salad, this (2yr) dried herb aids in digestion, tones spleen, kidneys and gallbladder and aids with allergies by lowering histamines.
Mushrooms Mushroom are immune modulators. They are an antioxidant, an anti-viral and some believe them to prevent cancer. The Shiitake, Enoki, King Oyster, Chicken in the Woods, Chanterelles, Morel, Lobster, Oyster, Porcini and Portabello mushroom are just to name a few, and all can be found in most neighborhood grocers and whole food markets. Even the common Button mushroom has healing and supportive qualities.