Change is in the air…
The March equinox is known as the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and as the autumnal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. It usually falls on the 20th / 21st of March.
This is the time when we realize that autumn is upon us in the Southern Hemisphere – although recent temperatures in Gauteng makes on wonder if that is the case?!
When the seasons change it is always a good idea to take extra vitamins to boost the immune system and to keep it strong. Vitamin C with added Echinacea, a good vitamin B-complex, Omega 3 & 6, and vitamin D, will all be of great benefit to keep you and your loved ones going. Even though our winter days can be sunny, it is still important to make sure that you get enough vitamin D in. This is important in the production of serotonin (the happy-hormones) and if children and/or adults and elderly people don’t get enough sunlight, moodiness and even depression, can set in.
Many, many years ago, our grandparents believed in Cod Liver oil!! Yes, the stuff that not many of us (if anyone), liked. Luckily today there are different flavours to choose from, but it drinking it makes you squirm, then opt for a good Omega-oil supplement. This plays an important role in the maintenance of the immune system. Vitamin C and the vitamin B’s are also important; not just to upkeep your immune system, but also to fight off bugs. Often people will catch a cold or flu during these seasonal changes, because of temperature fluctuations as well as being inside in aircon and then outside in the heat.
Watching your thoughts are also important. Some people suffer from the seasonal blues; so, make sure to be outdoors in the sun as much as you can and laugh! In all my articles I suggest going for a walk, going to the gym and just staying active. When you are active then your body also excretes serotonin – a natural way to boost the immune system and make you smile!
If you didn’t have the time and/or energy for a workout during these very hot summer days; experts suggest getting back into your routine now that the temperatures are going to start dropping, is not so difficult as it might sound. Whether you continue with the same workout or try something new, there are many options to choose from; and many places to exercise – gyms, personal studios, outdoors, in a group, and so forth.
Another great tip is not to skimp on your nutrition; many fruit and vegetables like apples, pear, broccoli, cauliflower, and the like, are coming into season. In our modern world many foodstuffs are important, but many nutritionists agree that it is best to eat what is seasonal. Do drink enough water as your skin can become prone to dryness this time and make time to relax and destress. The latter can play havoc with our immune system.
All in all, autumn is a time when nature seems to calm down a little, it is a time to reflect and a time to calm down (yes, even in our modern world). Even if you don’t like winter very much, autumn can still bring joy with the leaves changing colour, winter flowers blooming and the crisp, blue skies.
Instead of sighing because we’re heading for winter, stop, take a deep breath in, look at the beautiful changes in nature, put on your trainers, and smile!