Diet as a source of seasonal drive: top 7 tips from an expert

25.10.2020

Autumn is the time of falling leaves, harvest, and warm clothes. And yet – this is the time of year when the body needs help to cope with seasonal fatigue, and maintain and strengthen the immune system. A proper diet will help with that.

What should it include? First, you should nourish your immune system with natural vitamins: get those rosehip berries and viburnum from your grandmother’s garden, and add plenty of garlic and ginger to your dishes. Secondly, you should not allow the body to stagnate, so eat more fiber, which is found mostly in vegetables and fruits. From the fatty foods, which you naturally want on cold days, it is better to give preference to the appropriate varieties of fish, rather than fast food or pork legs. Plus, it’s high time for hot soups! Try any kind: traditional broth or delicious cream soups. Complex carbohydrates in the diet go beyond seasons: cakes and cheesecakes are never as good for you as grains and legumes. And most importantly – special attention should now be paid to a uniform diet, because the unstable moods and adaptation of the internal clock are already a strain on the body.

If following all these recommendations does not bring the desired effect just when it is necessary (intensive studying or a high-stakes work project), you will be remiss to not pep yourself up with a cup of coffee or a can of energy drink. The main thing is not to overdo on the use of these tonifying products. And remember: they’re not creating energy “out of nowhere”, they’re just mobilizing it from what you’ve already accumulated from that same healthy diet.

You can read more about these truths in the blog for the “Healthy Lifestyle” section of the 24tv.ua Internet portal from Oleksandr Kushch, a sports medicine doctor, family doctor, and participant in the “Consume Sensibly” initiative.