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Autumn health check

Stay healthy this autumn.

Remember this time last year, when we were popping vitamins in a desperate attempt to ward off Covid? Many of us have become far more relaxed (or perhaps ‘fatigued’ might be a more accurate description) – but as the days and nights get colder, our immunity becomes compromised. Never mind the dreaded coronavirus – most of us would be happy simply to stave off a seasonal cold or flu. Here’s how to do it:

  • Eat seasonal, local foods. This makes sense when you think about it: nature has provided foods containing everything you will need to get through a specific season, so why eat anything else? More than that, eating local means that you enjoy fresher produce, which ensures nutrients are at their peak. Autumn’s foods include garlic and ginger (natural immune boosters), sweet potato, butternut, mushrooms, onions, and broccoli.
  • Get a flu shot. This is especially important if you know that you are immune-compromised.
  • Keep hydrated. Flushing out with water is part of keeping your immune system at its peak.
  • Head outside. Again, this is something you’ve heard this many times – but spending time in the sun not only helps your body manufacture Vitamin D (critical for immunity) but also boosts your mood to help fight the seasonal sadness many people experience as daylight hours grow shorter.
  • Give yourself something to look forward to. The urge to hibernate is natural, but making social arrangements helps keep connections (vital for mental wellbeing) and is good for your mood, too.