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Looking Ahead: Seasonal Health Tips for Every Time of Year

Ever thought of re-energizing at the office with downward dog? Need to re-connect with friends to improve happiness levels? For those looking to turn back the clock on their skin, it can be as simple as drinking white tea. Follow these healthy habits and make transitioning from season to season much easier. A positive mindset and routines that promote restoration and renewal will set you up for a vibrant year ahead.

Spring training to pesky allergies, winter woolies, and later sun-soaked days, each season comes with its highs and lows. Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation follows a few key tips that make the shift slightly more manageable, and now they’re spilling the insider scoop!

Spring

Spring

The season of renewal and restoration. Coming out of winter’s hibernation, spring gives you a chance to shake up your routine, and welcome new healthy changes.

7th inning stretch

  • Feel uninterested in daily tasks? Take a break and gather colleagues for downward dog – it will leave you inspired and re-energized!
  •  Stretching does not give you wings, but it DOES increase your flexibility!
  • The endorphin-boosting effects help alleviate stress, and we’re all looking for new methods of release.

Fend off allergies

  • Reach for probiotics, strawberry flavoured yogurt will do the trick.
  •  Minimize watery eyes, asthma and hay fever with an onion! Onions contain quercetin, which is effective against allergies.
  • Acupuncture is hailed for curing many ailments, such as stress, back pain and hay fever.

Spring clean your mind and body

  • Rewire how you think and make your mind a positive place to hangout – it takes practice!
  • Connect with friends to raise happiness levels, reduce stress and improve your outlook.
  • Put your wellbeing first! Exercise is a vital component to physical, mental and emotional wholeness.

Summer

Summer

We all long for those warm, long and lazy days. It’s a bright season filled with activities, but begs sun worshippers to take precautions!

Stay hydrated and seek cool areas

  • Drink up! Fluids keep your body temperature at an optimum level, especially if you’re being more active than usual.
  • Ease into summer. Let your body adjust to the heat and pay careful attention to symptoms of heat stroke/exhaustion.
  • Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and stay out of the sun in peak hours from 10am – 4pm.

Be good to your eyes

  • Check the UV protection level, 95% protection will keep away the sun’s harmful rays.
  • Even on those cloudy, hazy days, sunglasses are a staple.
  • Buy sunglasses for your kids, the eyes of babies are especially sensitive to the sun.

Superhero properties in fruit

  •  Have a bowl of fruit on your kitchen counter – studies show that people who do weigh 8 pounds less than those who don’t!
  • Load up on berries. They’re packed with antioxidants, are full of fibre, and even help prevent some cancers. 1-2.5 cups a day are recommended daily.

Autumn

Autumn

The pace picks up, but the body usually wants to slow down. Taking care of your immune system is on top of the list; no one wants to kick off this season with the flu!

Curl up with a good book…and hot tea

  •  Tea boosts exercise endurance and increases the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel.
  • Passionflower tea has anti-anxiety benefits and calms your mind.
  • White tea helps you looks younger, the extracts inhibit wrinkle production by strengthening elastin and collagen.

Healthy, hearty fall dishes

  •  Get excited about sweet potatoes, a sweet autumn food rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants!
  • Check out a farmers market and fill your fridge with the freshest ingredients.
  • Some of the best vegetables are in season in the fall. Load up, and include them in your stews, soups and casseroles.

Arm yourself against the flu

  •  Mushrooms are your secret weapon, they clear sickness and destroy infections.
  • Two fresh cloves a day keeps the flu away! People who eat garlic regularly suffer fewer colds.
  • Keep disease-causing germs far away. Add yogurt to your diet and increase your probiotics.

Winter

WinterTake care of your wellbeing and beat the winter blues! Supplements, a balanced diet, daily exercise and enough sleep will leave you feeling perky and upbeat.

Elevate mood with vitamin D

  • Cut out mood swings pronto. Vitamin D is the only vitamin that’s a hormone and controls moods.
  • Health Canada recommends 600 IU per day.
  • Next time you’re feeling down, looking into your vitamin D levels.

Regular sleep routines will have you on your A-game

  • Stick to a sleep schedule, consistency reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle.
  • Create a bedtime ritual and avoid watching Netflix before you clock out.
  • Create a room environment that’s cool, dark and quiet.

Balance comfort foods with whole foods

  • Ban junk foods from your kitchen cabinets. Take small steps; switch greasy potatoes to carrots with a creamy dip.
  • Feed your brain proteins – nuts, beans, and organic poultry.
  • Avocados are creamy fruits that stress-proof your body. A single serving has plenty of B vitamins.
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