It’s almost fall. I can feel it in the air when I let my dog out first thing in the morning. In fact, it is 68 degrees as I type this (SWOON.) Fall is my all time favorite season for lots of reasons…
Bonfires (seriously every night; my poor husband), pumpkin patches, hay mazes, warm apple cider, jeans, boots, sweaters, hoodies. Oh and PUMPKINS!!! MUMS too!!! Aaand let’s not forget hayrides 😍. I could clearly go on and on.
But unfortunately, the season we all love so much doesn’t seem to love us back. With the cooler weather comes colds, strep throat, stomach bugs, and the flu. So let’s talk about what we can do to keep ourselves as healthy as possible so we can get back to
spending way too much on pumpkin spice lattes all those fall activities we love.
Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, is going to prevent spreading those germs like efficiently washing your hands. Use clean running water with soap, and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Try singing the Happy Birthday song twice in your head, and don’t forget to get under those nails. If water and soap aren’t available, hand sanitizer is a great option.
Get a good night’s sleep
The average adult needs between 7 and 8 hours of sleep each night. This is an average, meaning some need more and some need less. The key is that you should feel rested. When we don’t get enough sleep, our immune system can’t work as well. The immune system is what fights off germs, so if our immune system isn’t working properly we are much more likely to get sick.
Eat real food
This means food that haven’t been super processed (candy, cookies, chips etc…) Eating more fruits and veggies will give your body the nutrients it needs to help fight germs off. Protein is also said to help boost your immune system, so make sure you are getting enough of that every day.
Drink green tea
Green tea is so good for you for so many reasons, but one of them is it strengthens the immune system. It protects our bodies from something called free radicals and helps our immune systems to run smoothly. It also contains something called EGCG, which is thought to actually damage the influenza virus and prevent it from entering your system. Pretty cool, huh?
Get in some physical activity
Moderate exercise can decrease your chances of catching a cold by 27%. Working out turns on your immune response and boosts epinephrine, which constricts the blood vessels in your nose and can relieve nasal discomfort (who knew?).
A little extra self-care in this season can go a long way to feeling your best. And if for some reason you find yourself nauseous or sick this fall with no period- schedule a free lab-quality pregnancy test with us. From us here at Clarity- get out there and enjoy all the fun things fall has to offer. 🍃 🎃 🍂