Seasons Change, So Do You
Now that we’ve left summer behind and are merging into Autumn and cooler weather it’s no surprise that this doesn’t only affect our wardrobe choices but also our minds and bodies. In particular there are 4 main changes that most people can relate to – motivation and mood, eating habits and appetite, skin hydration levels and reduced immune response.
Studies have shown that cooler weather changes can lead to higher rates of depression, lower moods, reduced energy, increased tiredness and lack of motivation, there is actually a name for this “Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD”. A lack of sun exposure and vitamin D are partly responsible for this change as vitamin D creates serotonin, which is a feel-good hormone, so when the body becomes deprived of these good feelings decrease and depression symptoms increase. Colder weather can also make it harder to get out of bed purely for the fact that bed is warm, and the outside temperature isn’t. Some ways to combat this mindset shift include:
- Wear more layers to bed or have a heater on in the room so it’s easier to get up and moving for the day
- Give yourself a minimum of 30 minutes outside in the sun a day to help improve vitamin D levels
- Find ways to keep yourself motivated – e.g. goal setting, vision board, reward system
- Do things to boost endorphins and serotonin, e.g. exercising, dancing, listening to music, drawing, anything that makes your heart happy!
The colder weather change can change your eating habits and make you want to eat carbier, warmer and higher quantities of food. This can be from the mood change that we spoke of above, however there are also physiological changes responsible for this. When the bodies internal temperature drops, it burns more calories to try and keep warm which may cause an appetite spike, a reduction in physical activity also causes higher food intake as we have the tendency to eat to fill in the spare time. Dehydration is another contributing factor as the symptoms can be confused with the feeling of hunger. We sweat just as much in winter however due to the colder weather most people don’t like drinking as much water and being in heating can lead to dehydration. Some ways to combat over eating include:
- Rather than unnecessarily snacking, trying drinking warm beverages such as teas and coffee instead, these will help to satisfy cravings.
- Make sure to keep yourself hydrated with 2L of water a day, also consider taking electrolytes to help maintain hydration.
- Make sure you are active and moving for a minimum of 30 minutes a day.
Cold weather can be really tough on the skin, by causing moisture to be drawn from the skin due to cold temperatures low humidity levels, harsh winds and dry indoor heat the skin can be left feeling dry, cracked and in severe cases bleeding. Some ways to look after your skin and counteract these changes include:
- Implement a daily skin care routine that involves cleansing and moisturising your face.
- Take a natural collagen supplement to help support skin health and promote the growth of new skin cells.
As the weather gets colder, the body provides less of a blood supply to the extremities so that it can maintain heat in the core of the torso and head. As a result of reduced blood flow, the availability of white blood cells (immune fighting cells) becomes fewer, which lowers the immune response so disease cannot be fought off as easily. Some ways to help boost your immune system include:
- Eating fruit and vegetables high in vitamin C
- Taking a daily probiotic to help increase good bacteria to fight off the bad bacteria and to improve digestion so that nutrients can be better absorbed and utilised in the body.
- Taking a daily supplement that includes vitamin C and Zinc to help support immune function.
An easy way to help support all of these above changes is to take 1 sachet of Lumila a day as it has probiotics, vitamin C and Zinc for immunity, electrolytes for improved hydration, natural collagen building blocks for skin rejuvenation and B vitamins and Co Q 10 to support energy and mood and calcium to support vitamin D absorption.