The winter solstice is here and the weather in most of the US will begin to change. We've already become accustomed to the time change, with the exception of Hawaii and Arizona, resulting in shorter days. The sun seems to be a rare commodity in most of the US affecting our motivation to keep up with healthy routines.
But there are ways to stay healthy, even if you can't get outside or go to the gym for your normal workout. Staying healthy is not just about exercise. A healthy lifestyle balances what we eat with how we move our body. It also includes self-care, supplementation and hydration.
There is a belief that if you are surrounded by sick people, you will be sick yourself. It simply is not true. If your immune system is compromised, then you have a greater likelihood of getting sick. When your immune system is strong, even if you are surrounded by people who are ill, you will not get sick.
Staying healthy year round by supporting your immune system is key. Did you know 70% of the immune system is in the gut? If our digestive health is not what it should be, then our immune system is compromised. If you are bloated, gassy, fatigued, moody, constipated, have diarrhea or abdominal pain, your gut is unhealthy. To find out why your gut is unhealthy, there are a couple of steps you can take.
First, take a food allergy test. Everly Well has an at-home finger prick test that identifies any allergies or sensitivities to 96 foods. If you prefer an elimination method, then you'll need to take some time to stop eating foods randomly and try to figure it out that way. When we eat foods that we are allergic or sensitive too, it causes our bodies to become weak since the body is constantly fighting to be healthy. When the body becomes weak, illness and disease set in.
Next, you can work with a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, such as myself, to heal your gut. I help people overcome the negative symptoms of an unhealthy gut so they can stop suffering and get back to living. Life does not have to be painful. Using the Simply Healthy Gut Plan, I will customize a healing plan that fits into your busy lifestyle.
It’s very simple. No jumping through hoops and NO PRESSURE.
If we determine it’s not a fit, we’ll go our separate ways for now.
If it is a fit, we can take the next step and get you started on the path to healing your gut.
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Here are 4 more tips to stay healthy this winter:
#1 PERFORM SELF CARE
Winter means spending a lot more time indoors. That can translate into a lot of inactive time that can be transformed into self-care time. Here are some ideas:
Are you stressed? Stress can lead to a weakened immune system. Taking a bath in Epsom salts can help reduce stress and improve sleep. When we sleep well, our entire body benefits. (Source: Medical News Today)
Meditation is a great way to heal the body. There are free guided meditations on YouTube that can help promote a healthy immune system and keep you from getting ill. The saying is true: If you believe, you can heal yourself.
Journaling helps us envision our dreams and handle our emotions. There are no rules to journaling. Just find a quite time where you can write down how you are feeling or what you want to happen in your life. Intermountain Health Care reports that expressive writing can strengthen your immunity and decrease your risk of illness. Those who journal boast improved immune system functioning (it strengthens immune cells!).
#2 USE ESSENTIAL OILS
Using essential oils as cold prevention is a great way to stay healthy this winter. According to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, essential oils are natural immune system boosters. Their concentrated chemical components include anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-septic properties and more. Essential oils can reach and absorb into the bloodstream in as little as 20 minutes. This can assist the immune system, cleansing the cells of toxins and enhancing their ability to absorb oxygen and nutrients. Lemon, eucalyptus and tee tree oils are easy to find and will help support your immune system.
#3 DRINK CLEAN WATER
Drinking clean water is one of the best things we can do to stay healthy every single day. I can't say it enough: most of us are dehydrated. We need to drink at least half our body weight in ounces of water every day. How does drinking water help prevent colds in the winter?
The winter air is a lot drier than any other time of the year. Our nose is our first line of defense from air-borne illnesses. When it gets dry, due to dehydration, it cannot stop the illness from passing through the nasal passage and eventually making us sick. Our nasal passages need to stay moist to ensure it is protecting us from colds and sickness. (Source: Vice)
Another benefit of drinking water to stay healthy in the winter is it carries nutrients and oxygen to your cells, which helps prevent toxins from building up in our cells to keep the immune system healthy. (Source: Harvard Health Publishing)
#4 TAKE SUPPLEMENTS
While I wish food can give us all the nutrients we need, it can't. Organic food is wonderful for giving us higher nutrient content compared to foods grown with pesticides. But to get truly therapeutic doses, supplements are necessary. Plus, I find I am not going to eat the same food every day to get the nutrients I need. I like to eat a variety of foods! Taking specific supplements daily helps me stay healthy all year long.
Probiotics is one of the best supplement a person can take all year. It supports digestive and immune systems. By supporting the beneficial bacteria that is already in our bodies, we help our bodies fight pathogens. Look for a probiotic that contains both Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, which are the most plentiful bacteria in our bodies.
I hope you enjoyed this post on how to stay healthy this winter. Maintaining good digestive health, performing self care, using essential oils, drinking plenty of water and taking supplements will help you stay healthy and able to avoid what ever sickness is happening around you.
How will you stay healthy this winter? Leave me your tips and tricks below in the comment box.
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