Hampers Immune System: Irregularities in your wake-sleep cycle can put your immune system out of order, making you more prone to colds and other infections. Long-term sleep deprivation can also initiate chronic inflammation and increase your risk of illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, heart diseases and rheumatoid arthritis.

If you’re not careful, the combination of cooler temperatures and shorter days can turn the fall season into flu season. Here are some DIY tips to safeguard against seasonal health problems:

  • Add the following foods to your diet: Avocados, bananas, mangoes, peaches, lemons, asparagus, pumpkins, quinoa, oatmeal, almonds, sesame seeds, winter squash, yams, carrots and beets. Include spices like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
  • Instead of ice cold drinks, enjoy warm herbal teas.
  • Smoking dries out and irritates the respiratory system. Quit. Just quit.
  • Follow the C.S.T.M. routine: Cleansing, Scrubbing, Toning and Moisturizing. Keep using sun block!
  • Drink 8 glasses of warm water a day. Take it in a tea, if you’d like.
  • Wear appropriate warm clothing and shoes, both inside and outside.
  • Try to relax, take time to unwind, and nurture yourself.