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Fall season can 'hit your body hard'

Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 11:40 AM - Along with the transition to the fall season comes shorter days and cooler temperatures. So what does that all mean for your health?

"The cooling air and changing weather patterns can hit your body hard, affecting everything from your blood pressure to how your fingers feel," warns weather.com.

Experts say those with certain health conditions often dread the autumnal equinox as it can prompt a number of health problems.

One of the biggest issues...allergies.

"During autumn, ragweed is often the top concern, though in some parts of the country, tree pollen can cause problems at the same time," Stanley Fineman, M.D., of the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic, told weather.com. "[Those with fall allergies] need to be properly diagnosed, so they know exactly which one or both is triggering their symptoms," he said.

Still, that doesn't mean it's a season to be completely avoided as you can take advantage of all of the great things it does offer.

  • Get outside!
    It may sound obvious, but health officials recommend to get outside! Aside from enjoying the cooler, fresher weather, you'll have your mood boosted by the light. In addition, researchers suggest the outdoors may help with concentration, too.
  • Take your workout outdoors:
    Take a hike, play in the yard or get some extra activity in by simply going for a walk.
  • Enjoy fruits and vegetables in season:
    Those include pears, which are at their peak in the fall. Others to consider adding to your shopping list: spaghetti squash, kale, sweet potatoes and cranberries.

With files from CNN

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