With the changing of the seasons, autumn is known as the harvest season where we reap the benefits of the long summer days. For our bodies, we need to gather energy for the long winter days ahead.
The autumn months bring us colder windy weather, where the leaves are blown from the trees and everything that was green and lush withers and dies. We will feel the effects of this windy weather on our skin, and internally the wind can attack our lungs. When you get heat and dryness trapped in your lungs, you will develop dry coughs and other more serious lung conditions.
The colours around us change dramatically in autumn, with bright cheerful colours being replaced by darker earthy colours. The food we eat changes in a similar way, with root vegetables like turnips, parsnips, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, yams and winter squash changing our diets from salads and light foods to winter warmers to keep our bodies warm and healthy. Fruit is an important ingredient in our diet, with a shortage of sunshine we need foods which will replace the vitamins we normally get in the summer month. A a rule of thumb is that the more colourful the fruit, the healthier it is.
It is important to get as much exercise in the autumn as any other time of the year. If the weather is not conducive to exercise, join a gym or enrol in classes for yoga or dance. Start as you mean to go on – get yourself organized when the classes start in October time and get into a healthy habit.
Beware of colds and flu by taking doses of vitamin A; keep yourself healthy and have regular checks with your GP. If you are single and sexually active, always have safe sex and use condoms. Otherwise you will need to get yourself tested for sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia. Self-testing kits are available – Chlamydia Testing kits in London from the www.bexleysexualhealth.org, for example, which are very straightforward to use.
Autumn is a time to slow down, relax and reflect on the year that has past, planning and looking forward to the next chapter in your life. So wrap up, eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and recharge your batteries ready for the coming year.