Healthy Winter Detox & Habits
As the weather and fewer hours of daylight change, our bodies have different care needs and we should listen to these.
Late Fall & Early Winter is a dryer season. God set in motion a season of hibernation for many animals and we also tend to gravitate to a bit of hibernation and reflection. You may notice that you are sleeping more heavily and that you feel more scattered and less social.
The best tip we can offer you besides getting sleep is DO NOT let yourself get dehydrated. Keep drinking water (check out this water intake calculator to find out how much is optimal for you) and herbal teas all day.
NUTRITION IS SO IMPORTANT this time of year. You can still get 5% Off Functional Food Meal Replacements. See the options below to decide which is good for you and your health goals.
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- Sleep: Your body naturally wants to sleep deeper and longer during this time of year, so it is especially important to get to bed on time and leave enough time for sleep before the alarm goes off. Since there is so much darkness, make time at least twice a day to get outside and walk, and work next to a window if you can. You need as much natural light as you can in order to feel sleepy at night and keep seasonal sadness at bay.
- Exercise: You may not feel as motivated, so prioritize gentle movements and stretching (like Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi etc that encourages flexibility).
- Diet Changes:
- This time of year is more difficult to lose weight, as you may be hungrier and tempted to overeat. Don’t. Drink ginger tea to help avoid cravings and overeating
- Avoid too many wheat gluten-based foods and sweets. SpectraZyme® Gluten Digest (20% off December 2019) can help you enjoy some beer, bread, or homemade Christmas cookies with this enzyme especially targeted to support the breakdown of gluten. Incomplete digestion of food proteins may be linked to food allergies, and improper digestion of gluten can cause it to ferment in the gut which can lead to what some call “wheat belly.” This is not recommended for people who are told by their provider to avoid gluten or those with celiac disease. Discuss with your Excell provider to learn more about options for those with gluten restrictions of any kind.
- Minimize alcohol consumption because this can worsen winter blues.
- When the days are shortest, eat your final meal before dark.
- Avoid cold foods (yogurt, cold cereal, raw veggies) and foods that dry out your system (like dry snack foods, popcorn, crackers).
- Eat warming foods (especially at breakfast).
- Add these foods into your diet as much as possible: root vegetables (squashes & root vegetables, & soups and stews as your mainstay during this season as they are warm and filling)
- All meats (this is time to eat meat as it decreases hunger, but be sure to eat plenty of vegetables with it)
- Reduce or eliminate dairy during dry months because (they can make seasonal colds worse)
- Soaked dry fruits (there are few seasonal fruits)
- Avoid frozen fruits/frozen smoothies
- Apples are good especially if cooked)
- Eat plenty of healthy oils (keep skin and joints lubricated) Increase the healthy oils in your diet (coconut oil, olive oil, and so many more great organic plant based options), and apply natural oils to hands & feet to help your body retain its moisture. You can also put a tiny amount of sesame oil on a Q-tip and massage your ear canal to keep it moist. Keep a little bit of oil in an eye dropper and put a drop or two into each nasal passage at night. Do not become dehydrated, as this will make you more lethargic this time of year and affect your mood and thinking.
- Add plenty of warming spices (Can have more salt at this time (be sure it is sea salt!) and pepper) All other spices and hot spices are awesome for you!