Staying healthy in winter can be a challenge in a normal year. This year, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the world, it is even more difficult. While a holistic approach to wellness - including eating a healthy diet, exercising most days and managing stress - are great strategies for avoiding illness, here are a few other rituals I try to incorporate into my life each day:
Consider daily supplements of D3/K2 (in consultation with your Doctor) - our whole family takes daily D3 and K2 supplements. I find they help boost my immunity and, in those rare times when I do get sick, they help reduce the severity and duration of my illness. These supplements are relatively inexpensive and available in liquid and pill formats. Be sure to consult your Doctor before starting any supplement regimen.
Don’t Forget to Sweat
As a child, my whole family utilized our dry sauna at least twice a month. Even today I find a good sweat helps me relax while detoxing my body of harmful contaminants.
Start Your Day with Lemon and Honey
I learned this trick in Asia while Josh and I were visiting Hong Kong. Starting every day with a cup of warm water (warm water is better for digestion) with lemon and honey is a great way to rehydrate your body after a long night's sleep. I find the lemon adds flavor and additional Vitamin C while the honey boosts my energy.
Speaking of Sleep…
One of the best ways to boost your immune system is to get an adequate quality and quantity of sleep each night. I try to turn off all screens and do something enjoyable like playing backgammon with Josh at least an hour or two before bed each night. This calming ritual allows me to ease into a sound slumber most nights. Staying on a consistent sleep schedule - even on weekends - helps promote good quality sleep.
Enjoy this Soup(er) Snack
Especially in fall and winter, I enjoy both making (see this video for my family recipe) and eating soups. I find they warm my body and keep me hydrated. On days when I don’t have time to break out the Instant Pot, I grab a packet of Wild Zora soup (my personal favorites are the Tomato and Picante Beef) and have a healthy and convenient snack in less than a minute.
If you have any other tips our community may enjoy, please feel free to leave them in the comments section.
Wishing you a safe and healthy February!