How to Healthily Transition from Hot Summer to Wet Autumn
by Nevenka and Dr. Vesna Grubacevic
With the cooler weather approaching are you concerned about:
- Catching a cold, chest congestion or infection
- Lack of energy
- Losing motivation to do things on time
- Poor moods or depression
- Difficulty getting out of a warm bed
- Problems sleeping
- Being less productive at work?
The key to health and vitality is to continuously maintain a healthy immune system. Now is the time to start preparing your body for cooler and wetter autumn weather. Follow these 6 easy steps to make the necessary adjustments and prepare your immune system for the change in seasons. Avoid being deceived by the sun – the sun may shine, yet it produces less warmth than in summer.
1. Stay Dry and Warm
Start to wear appropriate warmer clothing and layers. If you get wet, make sure you change into dry clothing as soon as possible. Avoid overheating your home, especially your bedroom. Open windows (avoiding drafts) every day to refresh your living environment and also keep your bathroom free of mould and mildew. Your bathroom window needs to be slightly open all the time to let out moisture produces from hot showers and baths.
2. Drink Clean Water
Continue drinking clean water which is 8 pH balanced. Start introducing herbal teas to warm your insides eg. Echinacea, Rosehip, Lemongrass, Green tea, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger. Drink water with freshly squeezed lemon. During colder weather, the air is drier so you need to keep your body hydrated to avoid chest congestion.
3. Sufficient Rest
As the days get shorter, adjust your sleeping patterns to give yourself 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Have your “me” time and relax to stay in good spirits, and maintain a good relationship with your body and mind. This will help you to be productive. Because our body rejuvenates itself between the hours of 10pm and 1am, if possible be in bed by 10pm.
4. Plan Healthy Eating
Plan your week in advance to encourage healthy eating, to keep your body happy and nourished. Eat vegetable soups, stews and lots of different coloured vegetables. It may be useful to consider taking vitamin C in powder form, a good quality probiotic and multivitamins to give extra support to your immune system. Avoid overdoing it with smoking and alcohol as these deplete your immune system and the nutrients inside your body. Also keep your body hydrated and take care of your skin, keeping it nourished and protected from the dry autumn air by using chemical free moisturisers.
5. Physical Activity
Take a walk in fresh air and sunshine to energise your body and mind, to reduce stress, improve sleep and increase your productivity. It is important to do regular physical activity to get fit and to give your body the support it needs. Choose activities that you enjoy doing.
6. Address the Past
Address any negative emotions (eg. anger, rejection, fear, hurt, depression, etc) and limiting beliefs (eg. not good enough, fear of success/failure, I always get sick/catch a cold, etc). Stop sabotaging yourself with worry and negative thinking. Because unaddressed negative emotions and limiting thoughts can suppress your immune system (which has been shown through scientific research), these can make you more prone to illnesses. After eliminating the past negative patterns, retrain your brain with new positive behaviours and habits.
Your Special Autumn Health Offer!
When you book into a Autumn Health Booster session with Nevenka, Clinical Nutritionist by 24th April 2018 you will receive:
- a one hour clinical nutrition session, with advice and tips tailored to your needs to keep you healthy during autumn
- plus FREE Infrabed Thermal Therapy (valued at $95) to strengthen your immune system, improve circulation and much more. (If you have a pacemaker or any implants, please let me know in advance).
Receive over $215 value for only $120. Simply book by 24th April 2018 to secure this special offer and transform your health today! You are welcome to have your session at anytime in April or May 2018. Sessions are by appointment at either East St Kilda or Eastern suburbs.