By Dr. Emily FitzGerald, ND
It’s December and winter is really starting to set in. It can be tough to prioritize your health over the winter months and especially during the holiday season. I wanted to share my top five tips for creating and maintaining a healthy winter routine!
Get Prepared for the first sign of an illness
You know the feeling! You wake up with a sore throat, a slight cough, low energy, and all you want to do is PUSH through it. Give yourself permission to REST…and then rest some more.
I don’t know about you, but I am covered from head to toe in the cold Canadian winters. The amount of time that the sun actually hits my skin is minimal. Vitamin D, the vitamin derived largely from the sun, takes a hit in the winter time. I often suggest that checking your Vitamin D at the start of the season can help you to understand how much you’ll need to support it during the winter months.
All About Fruits and Vegetables
Aim to include 5-10 servings of fruit and vegetables per day. Caretonoids (as well as other flavonoids) in carrots, yams, squash, tomatoes, and green leafy vegetables are very beneficial. Let’s not forget the amazing qualities of garlic in supporting a healthy immune system and lowering inflammation.
Stock your Herbs
A variety of herbs – including echinacea, elderberry, lemon balm, sage and thyme have immune supporting properties. Make sure you don’t forget herbs when crafting your winter health routine.
Drink Your Mushrooms
Cordyceps is used for strengthening the immune system, amongst many other benefits. I’ve posted a yummy mushroom tonic below!
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