Where did Summer go?! Autumn is here and it brings cooler and darker mornings. While it is nice to see the changing colours and the cool air might be a welcome relief for some it does mark the move into the darker/colder months of the year.
Autumn can also bring seasonal ills and chills and as we talked about last week - viruses. But keeping well is just as important in Autumn as it is all year. Here are some tips:
- Consider taking Vitamin D (whether that is through supplementation or food sources such as cod liver oil, oily fish, egg yolks, liver, mushrooms. Vitamin D helps with strengthening the immune system and as we see less sun in Autumn/Winter we won’t be able to replenish our natural stores as easily. ESPECIALLY for the lower south island.
- Remember to move. It might not be swimming in the sea but moving regularly is important all year round. It helps with circulation, gives us fresh air and also helps with mental health.
- Embrace warming foods and spices. Pumpkin and turmeric soups, ginger teas, kumara and lentil stews - great nourishing foods that are high in betacarotene (a precursor to Vitamin A that can help your immunity as well as your eyes..)
- Remember to drink your fluids - the air starts to get a bit crisper and that can dry out our skin.
Quick Autumn Recipe:
Anti-Flam spiced porridge
Our Antiflam is an amazing tonic full of turmeric, ginger, turmeric and NZ natives horopito and akeake. It might sound odd but this spicy porridge can help boost your circulation in the morning and gives you a great boost.
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup of water or nut mylk (add more if you want a thinner consistency)
½ tsp of Anti-Flam
Sultanas if you like
1 tlb of maple syrup or honey
Cook altogether as you would normal porridge. Top with nuts/nut butter cream/mylk