3 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy in Winter
A little self-care can go a long way in helping you stay well throughout the fall and winter and into the New Year. From herbal teas to more restful sleep, taking time for your health can be fun and easy. Here are some tips to help you do so:
Unlike during the heat of summer, you might not feel as thirsty when cold weather hits, but cold outside temperatures and heated indoor air can dehydrate you faster than heat. To stave off the symptoms of dehydration—dry skin/lips, headaches, dizziness, irritability—bump up your intake of liquids. That said, there may be a good reason to shun a tall glass of cold water in winter. According to Ayurveda’s millennia-old wisdom about eating seasonally, cold beverages and foods like salads require more energy to digest—energy that takes away from the body’s ability to stay warm.1 Instead, try adding more brothy soups, herbal tisanes, and even seasonal fruits to your diet.
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Get More Sleep
Remember the time you pulled an all-nighter (or two, or three) and then got sick as soon as the semester/project/deadline was over? Not getting enough sleep may make you more susceptible to illness. Why? When you sleep, your body does important repair work, producing protective cytokines as well as infection-fighting antibodies and cells. For those times when you need help getting enough rest, try Natural Vitality Calm™ Specifics®: Calmful Sleep. It contains relaxing magnesium and a combination of sleep-promoting nutrients.
1. O’Donnell, Kate. The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Living Well. December 2015.