Getting Ready for Fall

Fall is one of my favorite seasons, but it is also the time when patients return to the clinic with upper and lower respiratory illnesses. By staying ahead of the game, you can prevent getting sick. Here are some simple suggestions for staying well during the cold and flu season.

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.