Stay Safe, Stay Warm, Stay Well!
Winter time is here again and it mother nature has come at many of us fast and hard! Maybe she's making up for lost time from this unseasonably warm autumn...?
So, what are some things you can do to stay healthy this winter?
One Keep the relative humidity at a comfortable and therapeutic level. Somewhere around 40% is generally pretty good. You can add humidity to your air by using humidifiers, diffusers, a kettle on your wood burning stove, etc. Personally, I like to use my diffusers because I can also add my favorite oils. OnGuard to clean the air and keep sickness at bay, Citrus Bliss to lighten the mood, Siberian Fir or Breathe to promote feelings of ease and clear airways.
Two Keep moving! Yes, I said it again. Because I really do mean it! Did you know that your immune system gets built up just like your strength and endurance does? Have you ever noticed that just working out once a week or a few times a month leaves you sore for a few days but not a whole lot stronger? Well, that's where consistency comes in and it is just as important for your immune system. Just like soreness creeps into your muscles after a workout and brings you down a bit, your immune system becomes depressed after a bout of exercise leaving you a little bit vulnerable. BUT when you exercise consistently, your body starts to build your immunity as a result. Creating new immune cells to fight off infections and keep you healthier than you would be if you were more sporadic about your exercise. So, move your body and uplevel your immune system by keeping it consistent.
Three Eat what's good for you! For me I like to go the route of lots of fruits/veggies, followed by quality proteins and healthy carbs as a nice treat. To boost the effectiveness of a full belly I use my favorite supplements, Life Long Vitality pack from doTERRA along with their probiotics and food enzymes. I've tried a whole bunch of brands and these are my favorite. No matter what your particular diet consists of, try to keep the sugar to a minimum. It can create mood swings, lead to excess weight gain, and if you have a bacterial infection (like chronic lyme as I do...) those nasty spirochetes LOVE to feed on sugar and let me tell you, that's no fun.
Four SLEEP!!!! Yes, glorious sleep. Sleep is important for SO many reasons. It's when our memories are written for safe keeping, our hormones are regulated (trying to lose weight? Sleep can help with that!), and we finally have time to relax, If I'm having (or my kids are) a particularly amped up evening I'll often put some Lavender, Petitgrain or SERENITY in the diffuser and watch magic happen. If I want a little extra oomph for myself I'll take a Serenity softgel and enjoy a good night's sleep.
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Welcome to Day 1!
Ok, so we all know that there is A LOT that surrounds us creating "health" right? We all know that just as the foot bone is connected to the leg bone; that the energy level is connected to our nourishment and all of that is connected to our emotions right? Don't we? Well, maybe I'm being overly simplistic here but what we put in on, around and what we do with our bodies is completely related to how we feel physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally. It just is.
So, that all being said, welcome to 15 days, 15 topics and if you watch my videos on YouTube they will take you about 15 minutes. Little bite sized pieces of my research and anecdotal insights to keep you warm in this blasted cold weather!
When you are watching these videos or reading my blog posts I invite you to keep an open mind and stick to what you are comfortable with while maybe taking the leap and researching some of the things that you might find a bit strange or scary to take on at first. We all have our own personal limitations and nothing is one size fits all, especially when it comes to keeping our bodies' and our minds' tip top shape! Some of us may long for earthy scents of Siberian Fir and Cypress to lift our moods, while others may crave the sweet scents of Ylang Ylang and Jasmine. Some of us use Yoga to move our bodies, keep our muscles toned, and joints lubricated while others prefer Zumba!
Ask questions, set goals, make small changes for the better and let me know what you think!
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I am an Exercise Physiologist and mother of two lovely ladies. I love teaching my community about health and wellness and I love helping likeminded people implement natural solutions into their everyday lives.