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Tips From Your Family Doctor For A Healthy Autumn

The Change Of Seasons Is A Good Time To Refocus On Wellness

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Get your flu shot

Get your flu shot

You’ll be spending more time indoors, and more time in close quarters with other people, than was the case a few weeks ago… so the risk of contracting the flu (or other sickness) goes up when the weather gets cooler. Before you get on a plane or in a car for your holiday trip to visit friends and family – and certainly before you spend time around the elderly loved ones in your life – make sure to get your annual flu vaccine.

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While you’re at it, how about that annual check-up?

While you’re at it, how about that annual check-up?

Your family doctor certainly wants to stay up-to-date on your health, and wants you to be as informed as possible… so the early part of fall is a great time to schedule your annual wellness check-up. You need a flu shot anyway. Why not schedule both at the same time? And do it soon, before the busy fall and holiday schedule picks up dramatically.

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Go to bed a little earlier

Go to bed a little earlier

Shorter days… longer nights… it’s natural to need (or want) a little more sleep this time of year. Start hitting the hay a little earlier now, before the time change, and you’ll be giving your body a great chance to get ready for the new sleep pattern you’re sure to experience between now and springtime.

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Take a Vitamin D supplement.

Take a Vitamin D supplement.

You’ve been getting most of your body’s needed Vitamin D from the sunshine you’ve enjoyed for the past few months. Now that you’re spending more time indoors, your body might crave more of this important nutrient than it will get if you don’t supplement it. Over-the-counter Vitamin D supplements are readily available and affordable. You’ll appreciate the extra energy and focus you’ll have when you ensure you’re getting plenty of Vitamin D during the “dark” months.

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Winterize your life.

Winterize your life.

It really helps your immune system if you wash your hands more frequently, drink plenty of water every day, and make sure to dress warmly (in layers, whenever possible). And you don’t want to stress yourself out scrambling around for winter necessities after the snow starts to fly: double-check your snow shovel (or blower), flashlight batteries, candles, and HVAC (heating) system to make sure everything’s in good working order.

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And try not to dry out!

And try not to dry out!

Drinking lots of water is great… but make sure you’re moisturizing your skin, too, in preparation for the dry winter months ahead. And don’t put away the sun screen!

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Want more tips on staying healthy in the cooler months?

Want more tips on staying healthy in the cooler months?

Talk to your family physician… you’ll get plenty of great general advice, but also some prioritized suggestions specifically directed at your personal wellness needs. As the clocks “fall back,” make sure your health is surging forward!

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In a few days, it’ll be time to “fall back” – to set our clocks back an hour, in observance of Daylight Savings Time.

In a few days, it’ll be time to “fall back” – to set our clocks back an hour, in observance of Daylight Savings Time.

After the switch to Daylight Savings Time, it’s really hard to ignore the fact that this special time of the year has arrived at last – a time when Mother Nature seems to be telling us it’s time to slow down a bit.

It’s also a great time to “fall back” into some good wellness habits that our busy warm-weather schedules may have taken us a bit away from.

Your family medical practitioners want you to live a long, healthy life… as full of vitality as possible! So – “doctor’s orders” – take a fresh look at some of your daily habits, and also consider what you can do to give your body all the help it needs to stay healthy and strong throughout the coming cooler months. Here are a few simple suggestions to get the autumn and holiday season off to a healthy, energetic start.