The holidays can be especially taxing on our physical and mental health, and some of the health issues that come up most during the winter months include Heart health issues, depression, dry irritated skin, and of course viral infections – Welcome to cold and flu season!
I get a lot of people asking what vitamins and supplements help support health during the winter months, so I put together a prescription for you that I hope you find helpful.
Immune Matrix For immune support and for use in acute infections or as a preventive measure during cold and flu season. Especially for those who are susceptible.
Helps to relieve the symptoms and shorten the duration of upper respiratory tract infections.
Helps to maintain immune function.
Contains: Andrographis extract, Reishi mushroom extract, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), Echinacea extract, Astragalus extract (root, astragalus membranaceus), American ginseng extract (root, panax quinquefolius)
and Zinc (zinc citrate).
For heart health, inflammation (especially helpful when cold winter months aggravate arthritis pain), and prevention of “winter blues”, especially for people who reside in the north, where the amount of daylight during winter days is limited. And since we eat more foods high in omega-6 in the winter, it’s that much more important to be mindful to balance it out by getting adequate omega-3 fatty acids.
B VitaminsB-vitamins are very important for your mental health, which is always important during the darker months of winter, as well as during the holidays. Stress hormones use up B-vitamins quickly, so a high-quality supplement helps promote your cognitive abilities and reduce stress. B-Complex vitamins also promote immune system stimulation, mood enhancement, and even healthier skin and nails.
Sidetone: B vitamins help your liver process and metabolize alcohol. A lack of B vitamins can contribute to that sometimes debilitating headache the morning after overindulging.
Direct exposure to sunlight is the primary way to obtain vitamin D. During the summer months, it’s easier to get our recommended twenty minutes of sun exposure daily to the face and lower arms and hands but for many of us, that becomes much more challenging in the winter. Vitamin D helps the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus; both are critical for building bone. Also, laboratory studies show that vitamin D can reduce cancer cell growth, help control infections and reduce inflammation.
Feeling under the weather already?
Boost your immune system with Organic Greens and Reds: It’s a busy and often time of year and if you’re eating on the go or getting more Christmas cookies than fresh fruits and leafy greens in your diet, boost your intake of greens and reds up with this powder that you can add to a smoothie, applesauce or yoghurt, or even just in water.
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Keep cozy and warm, be sweet with each other, and take good care of yourselves.