Autumn is in full swing – bringing bright colors, crisp days and cool nights. In nature, animals are growing thicker coats of fur and layers of fat, storing food and energy for the cold days ahead. It is a good time for we humans to prepare our bodies and homes before winter commences. Following are recommendations for keeping your health and environment in the best shape this fall:
1. Keep fresh and clean air flowing around you.
The quality of the air you breathe is critical in maintaining health – especially in the fall and winter when we close up our dwellings and turn on the heat. Indoor air can be 5 – 10 times more polluted than outside air. Some of the biggest culprits in the pollution of indoor air are dust mites, dermaphytes, and fungi. These critters can precipitate and aggravate chronic respiratory conditions, such as asthma and COPT (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). If you or your loved ones have either of these conditions, we recommend our herbal formula Lung Congestion for Emphysema and Asthma to alleviate symptoms and improve your overall condition.
Keeping fresh air flowing in your home, office or other dwellings will minimize indoor pollution and help to keep your energy levels up.
Make sure the air filters on heating units are clean. They should be changed every 30 days. A good air cleaner is also helpful.
2. Maintain room moisture with a humidifier – especially when you sleep.
Humidification is another essential to good health. When the air around us is less humid than the recommended level of 43 – 47 %, our bodies become a sponge and we lose moisture more rapidly. Indications of this are dry skin and sinus passages, “sticky” feeling eyeballs and mild headaches.
If you don’t have an electric humidifier, you can place a wet towel on a hanger and hang it to dry in the room you sleep in.
3. Drink plenty of water.
Water helps us to maintain body temperature more effectively by increasing our body mass. Drinking adequate amounts of water dissuades the bone-chilling cold that we often experience during a dramatic drop in temperature or winter.
- Males should drink one gallon of water per day to sustain vital bodily functions.
- Females should drink 3 liters or quarts of water per day.
- If you’re over 60, the need for water is even greater. As one ages it is both more difficult to hydrate and more essential to stay hydrated.
4. Maintain salt intake.
Salt is essential for our bodies’ vital functions. It is constantly being utilized and eliminated through our bodily fluids and excretions. By eating fully mineralized, natural salt on our food, we can increase our electrolyte reserves, better our neuro-muscular conductivity and reduce static electricity. You can even add a pinch of salt to glasses of water to add to your electrolyte intake. We recommend Celtic Salt.
5. Eat heavier foods, animal proteins and fats.
You may have noticed that you are hungrier and have cravings for certain foods as the weather cools. Like other mammals, we are motivated to increase our caloric intake and eat more protein and heavier foods. Fats add to our energy reserves, allowing us to have more stamina during winter months. Eating more denser nutrients, such as eggs, dairy, animal products, seeds and nuts, tubers and other root vegetables is advisable. We recommend that you choose organic, fresh products, and avoid genetically modified (GMO) foods.
6. Keep your glands functioning at optimum levels.
Changing weather and temperatures place stresses on the body and our hormonal or glandular system. Signs of under functioning of the thyroid gland are cracks on the back of the heels of the feet, excessively dry skin, and/or ruffled edges on your tongue. If you have any of these symptoms, you should check with a healthcare professional. A common nutrient for the thyroid gland is iodine. A good supplement that we recommend is Prolamine Iodine. Additionally, we recommend the following herbal formulas to keep your glands in optimum working order:
Nutrients for the Endocrine System – provides support and nutrients for the pituitary and adrenal glands. Corrects endocrine system dysfunctions, such as hot flashes, mood swings and some sleep disorders.
Thyroid Plus – provides key support and nutrients to the thyroid gland, which regulates weight loss, body heat and energy.
Male Rejuvenation – helps to normalize male hormones and increase vitality.
7. Sleep more.
Rest, always of critical importance, should be more indulged in at this time. You may have noticed that mammals compensate for the lessened energy or nutrients of fall and winter by sleeping more, longer and deeper.
By following these simple tips, you should feel good and be able to enjoy the beauty of autumn to the fullest. And, just in case you fall victim to colds or flu, we recommend that you keep on hand these herbal formulas that will minimize your discomfort and shortened the duration of your illness: Cold and Flu formula and General Fungal.