By Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND
As the seasons roll around it can be the perfect time to prepare for climate and temperature changes to avoid unnecessary infections, inflammatory condition flare-ups, allergies, fatigue and unnecessary weight gain.
As the US and other countries in the northern hemisphere move into their cooler weather Australia is getting warmer as summer approaches. Seasonal changes can bring health issues to the forefront and it can be a perfect time to get prepared and avoid these flare-ups. Using seasonal climate changes to our benefit to support our health and make improvements where necessary is a valuable tool.
Interestingly, seasonal changes can stimulate some gene and immune changes, particularly in the cooler months. Researchers found that more than ¼ of our genes change seasonally. Scientists also found that systemic inflammation often increases during winter due to the body getting prepared for an increase in infections, this effect can worsen inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, asthma, other immune disorders and heart attacks which tend to peak in the colder months as does type 1 diabetes which is an autoimmune disorder. This is becoming more of an issue as chronic inflammatory conditions are on the rise.
Another factor in seasonal changes is the changes that occur in the digestive system, via the gut microbe which has a strong impact on our immune health.
Another interesting finding was, that countries where the seasons are warm all year round, the genes expressions changed in the rainy seasons where water borne diseases are more prevalent.
In the cooler weather its best to strengthening your immune system and reduce systemic inflammation.
How to support yourself pre-winter:
As the weather warms up it is natural to start feeling the need to move those extra pounds that you may of gain during winter from comfort foods and less activity. You may also feel the need to commit to a cleanse program such as a Reboot in time for summer bikinis and warmer weather. In summer our appetites may reduce and we crave lighter raw fresh foods while in winter we may have preferred heavier dense meals.
To lighten yourself up for the warmer months and get some summer zing:
Seasonal changes can cause a rise in allergy related disorders due to pollens (in spring) and ragweed (in fall/autumn), moulds (in high humidity and warmer conditions) and animal dander (increased hair loss in warmer weather).
Tips to reduce those pesky allergies:
With this valuable information we can see that we can be proactive to change possible health flare-ups and avoid poor health as the seasons change.