09/13/2018
Brain Health in Fall

How the Season Changes Affect our Brain Health

The evenings are getting chillier, the days a bit shorter, and you may even notice the leaves beginning to change. Fall is ready to make its appearance. Many of us love the fall activities – visiting the pumpkin patch, picking apples, or sipping apple cider, but did you know our brains and bodies love fall most of all, too? It’s true! Our brains and bodies actually function the best in the fall time. Read more to find out why.

  • Productivity
  • Outdoors
  • Harvest

 

  1. Productivity. When we think of a fall day, we usually think of a beautiful, clear, sunny day with crisp, cool temperatures. But, remember, fall has its fair share of dreary, rainy days. In the summer, many of us struggle to get our work done. We’d rather be outside, soaking up as much sun as we can, and enjoying the beautiful weather. When we have cold, rainy days our productivity at work will increase since we’re not tempted to be outside. Your brain health will thrive with the season change.
     
  2. Outdoors. Although a majority of us love summer, a cooldown of weather is always welcomed. Summer also comes with overindulging at cookouts, late nights, and a lack of routine. Fall is a way to start over, get back into your routine, and spend time outdoors without dealing with the intense heat. Take some time to reevaluate your health goals and use them for your motivation. Give yourself a goal to take at least three walks a week outside. Not only will your body benefit, but so will your brain health.
     
  3. Harvest. Although we love the fruits and vegetables that come along with summer, autumn also has delicious seasonal vegetables that are peak season. Sweet potatoes, squash, and root vegetables are all associated with fall. The good news is that these are not only delicious, but incredibly healthy for your brain. Let’s take a look at sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene which is good for your cognitive health. Maybe skip the marshmallows on top, though! Your brain will thrive with all of the root vegetables and squash you’ll be eating.

So, there you have it – Just a few of the reasons your brain loves fall. Fall will be here and gone before you know it, so be sure to embrace every bit of it.