By Lauren Cox of Closer To Your Food
It’s official, the kids are back to school, the morning sun rises later, and the weather is changing. Fall has arrived. With the change of season comes a change of diet and lifestyle in America, and we want to help your body get what it needs even after you’ve hung up your summer flip flops and swim suits.
Even though it’s fall, here are three major pitfalls not to fall for when the season changes:
1. Getting Enough Sunshine
Sunshine = Vitamin D. Sunlight absorption through the skin is crucial for healthy, natural Vitamin D production. Vitamin D is necessary to absorb calcium and to promote bone growth. Vitamin D deficiency is directly linked to breast, colon and prostate cancers, heart disease, depression and weight gain.
When your summer of basking in the sun is over, be sure you are getting enough via nutrients and supplements. Follow directions from your healthcare provider, but many healthy adults are taking upwards of 1,000 IU per day.
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2. Not Staying Active
Summer is conducive to physical activity, the warm weather just screams “get outside and do something!” As the weather starts to cool, your brain sends messages to eat more. When you eat more, it’s easy to fall into the habit of becoming less physically active. One of the other components is dressing for cooler weather where more layers means making it easier to hide any “fluff.”
To avoid this, try committing to a new activity appropriate for where you live. If that means starting up yoga in a climate controlled studio or jogging in your neighborhood, anything new that sends you rewarding endorphins is enough to break those potentially dangerous pre-winter habits.
3. Don’t Need Sunscreen Anymore? Think Again
Just because it’s getting cooler (and darker in the mornings) doesn’t mean the sun is not as potent. Even when we dress for cooler weather and have our bodies covered, our face, ears, neck and hands are especially susceptible to sun damage. For women worried about aging skin, it is vital to keep your neck and face moisturized with a high-quality, non-toxic organic sunscreen layer on top. You can find some beautiful sensitive skin safe sunscreens at

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