Why is my chronic illness and pain worse this time of year?

Why is my chronic illness and pain worse this time of year?

As we move into autumn, the temperature drops, there is less daylight and our vital energy gets zapped. For many, this can exacerbate symptoms of chronic illness and/or pain. But why? Less Daylight means Less Vitamin D As days grow shorter and nights grow longer, we receive less vitamin D from the sun’s warm rays. People afflicted with chronic illness often need to supplement that missing Vitamin D. When buying supplements, pay attention to the type of Vitamin D you choose. Compared to Vitamin D2, Vitamin D3 is more easily absorbed by the body. For my patients in need of Vitamin D supplements, I usually recommend a combination of Fish Oils and Vitamin D3. Hot vs Cold Foods From a Chinese Medicine perspective, the same mechanism that keeps us warm also creates digestive fire. Eating cold or raw foods creates an additional burden on this system and depletes a lot of energy in the body. People living in cold climates should opt for soup over salad in colder months. Seasonal Sleep Have you ever noticed how pets sleep more in the winter compared to the summer? Like our pets, our bodies are wired this way. We are not separate from the world around us and experience the natural cycles of the seasons along with Mother Nature. As daylight decreases, our bodies naturally crave slightly more sleep. As the holidays and New Year approaches, many of us face increasing work, family and social commitments. These additional demands cause many of us to get less sleep the very time of year when we actually require more. Dress for the Weather As...