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  • Winter Wellness Wisdom

    Posted by Nancy Jirik on 2/10/2022

     

    Winter Wellness

     

    1. Take Extra Care Of Your Skin-Besides using a humidifier, you can give your skin an infusion of moisture and a protective barrier from the elements by regularly using an intensive moisturizer or body balm that is meant to help repair skin.Winter Skin Tip: Don’t have a humidifier? Placing a bowl of water near a heating vent or radiator will do the same job without any money spent. Try adding in a few drops of your favorite essential oils for an aromatherapeutic effect.
    2. Stay Hydrated-We can often forget that we need those 8 glasses a day just as much water in winter as in the warmer months. If drinking water feels less comfortable during winter, try warm water with a dash of lemon or an herbal tea. Caffeine-containing drinks like coffee, energy drinks, green tea, black tea, and soft drinks don’t count towards your 8 glasses a day and can actually promote dehydration.
    3. Keep Your Digestive System Happy-With all the sweet and super-rich foods we tend to eat in the winter, it’s really important to give your digestive system a little love. Also, many of those rich foods can cause unpleasant symptoms like gas and bloating. And if you’re more sedentary in winter, your digestion can slow down along with your metabolism. So to keep your digestive system running smoothly, make sure to take a daily probiotic. It helps replenish those “good bacteria” that lie in your digestive tract, help you digest your food and make up a considerable portion of your immune system.
    4. Support Your Immune System With Nutrition-In winter it’s so important we eat lots of nutrient-dense foods including dark leafy greens, and fresh fruits and veggies. Not only can they help you curb those cravings for sweets, but they can also strengthen your body’s defenses and help you fight off those nasty winter bugs. If the cold weather makes eating salads and greens less appealing try making a green smoothie in the morning with kale or spinach, cucumber, apple, lemon, and ginger. 
    5. Get Moving And Stay Active-Try to fit in some type of exercise at least three times per week. That doesn’t mean you have to be stuck in the gym. Staying motivated with exercise. Some fun winter activities like a winter walk or hike can be a lovely way to get that blood pumping while getting some time outdoors. Even a new town, park or museum for an afternoon can be a fun way to get active without making you feel like you’re exercising. Other fun winter activities can include skiing, ice-skating, running, snowboarding or snow-shoeing.

     

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