Have you wondered what effect the changing seasons have on your body? You feel it coming, that brisk air and the smell of fall, but maybe you also feel it in your bones and joints.
The changing seasons can have an effect on how you feel from increased inflammation and joint pain to Seasonal Affective Disorder. Our bodies are keenly attuned to the changing seasons and now is a good time to consider how your body feels and how you may want to modify or add some habits to your daily routine to help your body move from summer to fall and prepare for winter.
What causes this during changing seasons?
There are many theories about why inflammation and pain can increase when the weather changes. One theory suggests that the level of fluid lining the joints fluctuates with these changes, and a decrease in fluid causes an increase in inflammation and joint pain. Another suggests that the drop in barometric pressure causes tendons, muscles and their surrounding tissues to expand. Some studies have found fall to be a season of remission for Rheumatoid Arthritis, with summer and winter being times of increased RA activity. They have found that the cold of winter causes reduced blood circulation and increase muscle spasms. Changes in atmospheric pressure can also cause people to experience inflammation and pain.
What can you do?
Here are some things you can do to help with the change in season:
Increase vitamin consumption: add Vitamin D supplement or increase intake of foods rich in Vitamin D (fatty fish, cod liver oil, egg yolks, mushrooms)
Stay hydrated: dehydration causes stress to the body, it also causing additional joint pain
Stay warm: don’t you just love sweater weather?!? Extra layers on areas that are prone to increased pain
Schedule regular appointments with your Chiropractor, RMT and/or physiotherapist to maintain your body’s health, rather than waiting for pain to increase and affect your daily activities. Do you need a chiro appointment?
Maintain a healthy diet, this helps with both mental and physical health. If you experience inflammation a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods is recommended. Tomatoes, fruits (especially berries), nuts, olive oil, leafy greens and fatty fish all contain anti-inflammatory properties. Read more about anti-inflammatory foods.