Healthy sleep habits. Sleep is a time of rejuvenation. If you are bothered by fall pollen, try sleeping with the windows closed and a HEPA air purifier in the bedroom. Good sleep hygiene includes going to bed prior to midnight with enough time for 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep nightly.
Check your Vitamin D levels. Although summer is a time we store vitamin D, you may have low vitamin D levels if you work inside during sunlight hours. A simple blood test will help determine if you need this important immune vitamin/hormone to help you stay healthy during the winter. Please call if you are interested in this important test (208-275-0007).
Stay away from Sugar. Simple carbohydrates and empty calories from junk food imbalance your immune system and increase your susceptibility to illness. Eat a variety of colorful organic vegetables and fruits. Cooking your vegetables is preferable this time of year as cold foods may decrease your digestive ability.
Exercise. Exercise is a wonderful way to feel better and improve immune system strength. It may also lead to overall mood improvement as the daylight hours diminish. If
you have a exercise routine, don’t let the change in seasons deter you from keeping the routine. If you haven’t started exercising, consider starting now. Yoga is a wonderful addition to any exercise program. Yoga helps strengthen your immune system, muscle strength, and flexibility. Ask Dr. Rodgers for realistic suggestions to help you start exercising.