It is the time of year that always seems to go by in a blur. Blink 3 times and you have gone from the beginning of October to the beginning of January without a moment to rest and process the season. This is also the time of year where we tend to get sick! It is the perfect storm between being over-scheduled, a lack of sleep, a few extra treats, and stress cumulating, resulting in you feeling less than your best. My goal is that these little tips can be reminders to keep you healthy and enjoying all that this time of year has to offer. Let’s break it down to some do’s and don’ts.
Stay Hydrated – Did you know that humans are 60% water? Water helps to transport nutrients and move waste through your system. Drink pure water, water with sliced fruit or berries, or herbal tea to get your water needs met. There are so many rules about how much to drink, but as long as your urine is clear at some point during the day you are doing all right.
Exercise – You need to move for your lymphatic system to do its job, which is to remove excess fluid from your body and transport white blood cells (the ones that fight infection) throughout your system. Take a dance class, do some yoga, throw a football, or go for a walk.
Supplement – To keep it simple, let’s stick with vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and zinc. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant and helps your white blood cells to better do their job. Zinc is necessary for the development and functioning of your white blood cells.
Fast – 72 hours of fasting has been shown to regenerate your immune system. I am not suggesting that you take it to that extreme, but even shorter fasts help increase human growth factor, balance blood sugar, and improve digestion. Water fasting 1 day a week or intermittent fasting where you keep your eating window to 8 hours a day are both useful tools. Chat with your doctor before starting any fasting routine.
Gratitude – Feeling and expressing gratitude is good for you. It helps reduce inflammation and balance your autonomic nervous system. Make sure to get your daily dose.
Over-Indulge in Sugar and Dairy – The wet, damp, cold, kapha time of year is aggravated by excess sugar and dairy. I am not telling you no treats, just find the balance that leaves you satisfied and feeling festive without overdoing it. All things in moderation.
Stress-Reducing or limiting your stress this time of year is tough. Find time for the stress-reducing tools and self-care you need to stay calm and present focusing on the connection, celebration, and wonderment this season has to offer.