Hey there, Lovely Readers! I have been keeping myself very busy with schoolwork the past couple of weeks, which unfortunately meant not getting around to posting as often as I would have liked. Some of you may also know that I have been lucky enough to write some Health and Wellness articles for Inner Child Magazine for the past few months so while I am wrapping up my Herbs and Nutrition course, I thought I should share some of the articles I’ve written with you. I hope you enjoy, and please feel free to share your comments or insights with me. As always, I love hearing from you!
Wishing You Total Well-Being,
The days are shorter and that familiar chill is in the air. Yes, that’s right. Cold and Flu season is upon us. While no one plans to get sick, the good news is you can make a plan for wellness! Armed with your D.R.E.A.M. Team of immunity boosters, you can look forward to cozy nights by the fire instead of curling up with a box of tissues.
Diet: A healthy diet will go a long way toward keeping your defenses up as the weather cools down. Of course everyone reaches for the orange juice to get their Vitamin C, but you can also get it from your salad. Foods like spinach, tomatoes and bell peppers will also fight free radicals and protect healthy cells. Grab a handful of nuts for a snack and you’re getting Zinc, which has been known to ease cold symptoms. Cruise your supplements aisle and look for things like Sambucus, touted for its ability to fight viruses or Oil of Oregano for its powerful antioxidant and antibiotic properties. My favorite during this season is Olive Leaf Complex, which has been used medicinally for centuries and targets only certain microbes while allowing the good bacteria to remain. It’s also a good idea to try to get in some additional probiotics during this time. They will strengthen the intestinal wall and stimulate the production of T-cells. If you’re already taking a probiotic supplement, you can mix some yogurt or kefir into a smoothie or look for other fermented foods like sauerkraut or kimchi and work them into your winter recipes. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water!
Rest: With nighttime arriving earlier, it’s natural that your body will require additional rest. For daytime fatigue, a good Vitamin D will help mimic the sun’s rays, but nothing beats a restorative night’s sleep. Though life may not always allow for a full 8 every night, aim for at least 6 quality hours as often as possible. Making the time now will prevent you from having to rest under doctor’s orders later.
Exercise: We know it keeps our bodies fit but regular exercise during the colder months will keep your immune system in optimum shape, as well. You don’t have to spend money on a gym with a heater or bundle up for a jog, either. Search for yoga workouts online or put on some groovy tunes and dance the flus away.
Affirmations: Attitude is everything. Making a conscious decision that you are going to remain well and vocalizing that to God, the Universe, your dog or anyone else who will listen, will keep you in the right frame of mind and keep nasty germs from attaching themselves to you. My morning ritual always includes an affirmation of health. It can be as simple or complex as you like, just remember to keep it positive. Below are a few examples of ones I like and use:
- I listen to and honor what my body needs to maintain health.
- I am grateful for my health and actively nourish my body with good foods and practices.
- Every day I feel better and better.
Meditation: The benefits of a daily meditation practice are practically endless and even mainstream medicine is taking notice. One of the best things you can do to prevent illness is to reduce stress and meditation is a wonderful way to accomplish this. You don’t have to belong to a specific religion or be a master to meditate, either. It can be as easy as observing your breath for a few minutes or visualizing your favorite place in nature.
You don’t have to let whatever is going around catch up to you. Taking a proactive approach early on can help you hold on to your time and money down the road. This means more opportunity to enjoy all that the colder months have to offer. Here’s to your health!