Fall has always been my favorite season. Although since we live in Florida it takes a little longer to arrive. Fall starts this Sunday, September 22. In many parts of the country you may be seeing cooler nights, and maybe the kids need a jacket when leaving for school in the morning. Before we know it the leaves will be changing, and the beautiful colors will be everywhere along with that wonderful cool crisp air.
Everyone knows there are health benefits to the summer months because of the sunshine and all the fresh produce. But did you know there are also healthy benefits of fall weather, as well? You may be surprised to find that, even though there may be more allergens from weeds, autumn is a wonderful time of year to enjoy the outdoors and start new eating habits which lead to an improved lifestyle. Here are a few reasons why experts agree the autumn weather has healthy benefits, too.
Cooler weather brings about higher levels of the hormone norepinephrine, or noradrenaline, in your body. Norepinephrine is associated with pain suppression as well as the fight or flight reflex which provides much needed energy during times of stress.
You'll also recognize the benefit of having fewer disease-carrying insects in the cooler temperatures. Mosquitoes and ticks will be dying.
Being outdoors in the cooler weather can also help bring mental clarity. There's something special about the crisp air of a fall morning. It wakes you up, invigorates you and makes you feel like you can take on the world. Use the early morning hours to exercise outdoors and you'll have the benefit of burning calories and clearing your mind to help you have a great day!
While some plants make people feel miserable due to allergies, they don't have to keep you indoors. There are fewer allergens in the fall because there are fewer plants blooming. Most fall allergies are related to ragweed, pollen or mold. In most cases these can be treated with over-the-counter medications, or better get, Essential Oils, and shouldn't keep you from spending time outdoors.
You will also notice the wonderful array of fruits and vegetables that are available in the fall. Think about the different varieties of apples that you may not find during other times of the year. You will also find carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, squash and seeds of all kinds available at either the farmer's market or grocery store. It makes sense to stock up on root vegetables which are chock full of concentrated energy.
There are plenty of reasons to enjoy the autumn months. I'd love for you to stop by my Facebook page and tell me what is your favorite thing about fall. Kim's FB Page