The Fall Equinox and Your Family’s Health
On September 23rd around 3:21 am (central time), the Sun will cross the celestial equator southward, thus beginning the season of Fall. This occurrence is called the autumnal equinox.
The word equinox is latin for “equal night”; which it just so happens that on an equinox, day and night are each around 12 hours long. Many cultures interpret this as the world being in balance.
As the autumnal equinox comes and goes, the nights begin to get longer and temperatures begin to drop.
With the colder months ahead, comes longer nights which can lead to seasonal affective disorder (SAD). A disorder described as having symptoms such as a loss of energy, motivation, and positive mood due to the changing of the season.
In fact, during the autumnal equinox there is a jump in psychiatric hospitalizations due to mania. With the loss of light in our daily schedules, we can actually suffer from biochemical elements that can cause changes in mood and motivation.
But it’s not just the changing of the season, there are a few other factors that play into this situation and some of which you have control over!
The Fall Equinox and Your Health
Good ol’ vitamin D is known to help regulate moods, increase immune system and many other great things for your body. Check out the benefits of Vitamin D for more information.
By staying inside you are not able to absorb this significant vitamin, which in turn can slowly cause major problems such as depression, suppressed immune system (resulting with that flu & cold season), SAD, and more. This time of year is when the weather gives us a perfect excuse to get outside and absorb what’s left of our precious sun until spring arrives again.
what to do?
Try to be outside as often as you can. Possibly even start waking up and going to bed earlier, giving your days as much light as possible. Supplement daily with a Vitamin D (5,000IU)as well to guarantee that you’re getting a sufficient amount of of Vitamin D.
Great sources of vitamin D foods are :
- Cod Liver Oil and other fish sources.
- Raw Milk
If you’re worried about your Vitamin D levels, visit your doctor to get a blood test.
Did you know that your pineal gland produces the hormone melatonin?
Not only does it help regulate the reproductive cycle, but our sleeping patterns as well. Melatonin is an antioxidant and can help to protect against cancer, alzheimer’s, heart disease and is know to prevent migraines.
The pineal gland, responds to darkness by secreting melatonin which re-sets the brain’s central clock and helps the light/dark cycle re-set the sleep/wake cycle and other daily rhythms. (1) Since melatonin is produced without sunlight, it increases production during the fall and winter months due to the absence of light. However, our busy schedules are set for the hour of the day and not the hours of sunlight. Our sleeping patterns are staying the same yet we are feeling sluggish and that SAD I mentioned earlier is starting to possibly set in. This is because our body is producing melatonin more often and getting us off our typical schedules.
what to do?
Light therapy or BLT has been shown to be effective at reducing SAD symptoms by halting the production of melatonin and is great for increasing positive moods. There are some very exceptional light boxes on the market and emit blue wavelength lighting (same wavelength as the sun) that are great for this time of year! You can even buy Bright Light Therapy Lights on Amazon!
Again it’s important to start going to bed a bit earlier and waking up sooner, I like to practice my yoga in the mornings to start my days off with a high energy vibration as well as meditate to increase my happiness. This helps to keep those blues away!
St. Johns Wart has been known to increase moods that you can always pick up at your natural foods store or again on Amazon.
Be sure to snap a photo & hashtag #omlivin of your healthy adventures! Let’s spread the knowledge of health and happiness to the world.
Restore balance in your life through a healthy cleanse and diet during this time of year. With the seasonal fruits and vegetables changing, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about your relationship with comfort food.
Check out a few of my tasty fall recipes:
- Healthy Baked Butternut Squash Broccoli Mac and Cheese
- Mushroom Pecan & Kale Stuffed Acorn Squash
- 15 Minute Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
- Vegan Apple Pumpkin Muffin Recipe
Incorporate more of these autumn harvests and a new exercise routine to help keep you energetic, fit and happy! Be sure to look a little deeper and really work on your breathing more as this helps to restore your body’s energy and prepare your lungs for the colder months.
Question of the Day:
Do you ever notice a change in mood during this time of year? Let me know in the comments down below!
Written By: Ashleigh Nicole
Ashleigh is a mother & wife who enjoys blogging in hopes to change this world for the better. Wanting to heal others inside-out as well as healing our planet Earth. Her passions include balancing the mind through meditation, knowledge & conscious parenting, the body through plant based eating, alternative medicine, & yoga, and the soul through up cycling, gardening, & sustainability. Keep your life balanced & subscribe to her weekly emails, follow OmLivin’ on instagram, twitter, pinterest or check her out on Google+ for more.
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