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Brenda Stephens, CRNP
Getting Healthy For the Fall Season
Sunflower Health and Wellness Consultants
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Getting Healthy For the Fall Season

One of the advantages of living in Maryland is experiencing the change in seasons. Fall is one of my favorite seasons. The cool, crisp air is so refreshing early in the morning when the world is slowly awakening. It energizes the spirit after a long summer of hot, humid, sticky days. Exercising outside becomes more desirable and enjoyable. Consider bike riding on one of the many trails in Montgomery county (www.montgomeryparks.org/PPSD/ParkTrails) or go for a long walk along the C&O canal. Take advantage of the scenery, taking in the beautiful fall colors along the Potomac River.

The fall season is about abundance and harvest, the end result of spring planting and summer growth. Consume the foods of the season pumpkins, squash, beets, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, turnip greens, apples, pears, cranberries, pomegranates, dates, kiwi and later in the season citrus fruits. Add spices like cinnamon, clove, ginger and nutmeg to vegetable dishes or oatmeal for their warming effects and high antioxidant content. Enjoy flavorful teas like chai, vanilla, spiced apples or Earl grey.

The days will become darker and shorter signaling a time of a slower pace. Follow the pattern of the earth and sleep longer. As the body prepares for the cold winter months it requires more sleep. Try to get at least nine hours of sleep a night.

Start now to make a written or mental list about the things for which you are grateful. Appreciating what you have and the people in your life brings a greater sense of satisfaction decreasing the notion that you don't have enough. You will soon discover you have plenty.

As the earth changes, so we can all change. Allow the change in the earth to stir a change in your health habits. Take an inventory of your health habits and recommit yourself to better self-care. Fortify your body this fall season through exercise, healthy eating, hydration, rest and enjoyment to prepare for the winter season.

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