Your Natural Choice: Health Tips for Fall

Quick Tip #1

It's easy to overdo it in any season, but autumn, when school starts up again and holidays lurk around every corner, seems the most common time to burn out. Added stress can tax the immune system, making it easier to get sick. When this happens, often the trick to rapid recovery is to treat symptoms as soon as they begin. With this in mind, now is a good time to set up a personalized family urgent-care kit for the cold/flu season. Meet with Dr. Frazel or Dr. Tufenkian soon to customize a home-care kit for your family.

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Quick Tip #2

Many of us begin every new season with a great list of "to do's." This fall we would like to encourage you to remember "to be." Every season has a rhythm, and autumn is a time to harvest what's been planted and begin to turn one's energy inward.

Take time to simply "be" in this season. Enjoy a slow cup of tea. Appreciate the rain, the chill in the air, and the changing leaves. Make sure you have some physical activity in your schedule: sign up for a yoga or dance class now, before the winter blahs get to you! Movement will really help your mood, immune system, and hormone modulation once the shorter, darker days of winter have arrived.

Above all, remember the basics: good food, good rest, and good fun equals good health.

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From Dr. Mom: How to Have a Healthier Halloween

Halloween can be great fun, but from the perspective of a mom who's a naturopath, it's also a recipe for trouble! Just as flu and cold season hits, our kids spend a night staying up late, walking outside in the cold, and eating (lots of) sugar.

What can you do to minimize Halloween's negative impacts on your children's health? Here are a few ideas from my years as a mother and practicing doctor:

Plan a costume that works with the weather. If it's cold out, devise a costume that'll keep your child warm. If it's raining, maybe it's time to be Mary Poppins!

Don't eat the candy! You don't have to in order to have fun—really! In my household we make a game of collecting the candy, counting it, and organizing all the loot by color, size, shape, etc. Then the kids trade all their treats to us parents for money or a toy. When our children were old enough, and their immune systems could handle it, we'd sometimes allow them to enjoy a piece of candy before the trade. Then, the "Magic Pumpkin" came in the night to replace the candy with either a toy, or money (à la the Tooth Fairy). With this sort of system in place, your child will still look forward to Halloween; in fact, you'll probably find that they won't miss the candy (or the stomachache) at all!

If you do allow your kids to eat more sugar at Halloween, a good nutritious meal full of vegetables and some protein, and a dose of B vitamins (with food) can help the body handle the extra sugar.

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