Changing seasons are the perfect reminder to change our health habits and refresh our daily routine. If you’re like many of us, summer was a time for relaxing in the sun, enjoying barbecues and drinks with friends, and traveling near or far on vacation. As we ease into a cool, crisp October/November, those falling leaves beckon us to reset our diet, refresh our habits, and enjoy a healthy fall reset.
October is the New January: Ideas for a Healthy Fall Reset
1. Reset Your Skincare
Right now, many of us are beginning to experience drier skin, and we start reaching for those heavier skin creams and moisturizers.
Unfortunately, many popular skincare products — from lotions to makeup — are riddled with troublesome ingredients like:
- Phthalates (disrupts your natural hormones)
- Formaldehyde releasers (carcinogens and irritants)
- Parabens (preservatives that affect your hormones)
- Triclosan (an antibacterial agent that may interfere with your thyroid)
- Lead (a neurotoxin)
Get a dewy, well-hydrated glow by refreshing your skincare routine and opting for more natural, organic products. For example, natural oils such as coconut and almond can help to cleanse and moisturize your complexion, and charcoal can naturally exfoliate and cleanse your skin.
2. Reset Your Liver
If you indulged in a few too many cocktails or ice-cold beers this summer, reset your liver. Your liver supports your immune system and your general health by filtering out toxins, but it’s a hard job.
Give your liver some help with natural liver supplements like:
Likewise, watch out for those fall and winter holidays that tend to tempt us with alcohol. From Halloween to New Year’s Eve, most Americans will double their alcohol intake over the next few months.
Excessive alcohol consumption this fall (we’re looking at you, boozy eggnog and spiked apple cider) stresses the liver and may reduce your immune system’s strength. This could leave you more vulnerable to the seasonal cold and flu.
3. Reset Your Meals
A fall reset is a perfect opportunity to take another look at the food you eat.
As seasons change and seasonal produce starts to show up in the grocery store, mother nature is prompting each of us to think about how we’re nourishing our bodies naturally.
This fall, wave goodbye to summer hot dog roasts and say hello to:
- More plant-based whole foods, bursting with antioxidants.
- Extra fiber to support your digestive health.
- Clean, pure, and simple beverages to flush out toxins and keep you hydrated (i.e. filtered alkaline water, lemon water, or ginger tea)
- Less processed foods and no processed, refined sugars or carbohydrates
4. Reset Your Immune System
As we step into cold and flu season, a fall reset should always include a reset of your immune system.
- Resetting your gut by eating more prebiotics and probiotics. Healthy gut bacteria is linked to a stronger immune system and a quicker, faster response to invading pathogens.
- Resetting your supplements. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, and echinacea this month. And don’t forget thymic proteins: These proteins help your immune system respond to threats. BioProPlus-500 includes five bioidentical thymic proteins to support your immunity.
- Resetting your exercise routine. Regular physical movement raises your body temperature, flushes bacteria from your lungs, and reduces stress (which hampers your immune response). If you’ve taken it easy this summer, commit to spending 30 minutes a day this fall doing a physical activity you enjoy.
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