5 Great Immune-Boosting Tips 
For This Cold Holiday 
Season



The winter months are the time to release the long, active days of summer and fall and turn within, becoming more mindful and reflective as the days become shorter. 

The seasonal shift may also leave you vulnerable to illness if your immune system is weak, so it's important to get a handle on stress and focus on healthy nutrition to stay well this season. 

We recommend these tips to support immune systems naturally. They are guaranteed to help you stay well through the cold winter, and even into the spring. 

Focus on fresh, local, and seasonal.
To become more rooted and grounded as we head into colder months, focus on warming spices, soups and stews, pilafs, and roasted vegetables. It's easy to build a strong and healthy immune system by simply checking out your local farmers markets, which will showcase the lovely array of winter fruits and vegetables!

Get moving in the morning.
Seasonal changes can have an impact on your mood, which can affect your workouts and your ability to get regular exercise. People who participate in daily exercise are 25 percent less likely to  develop symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, and this translates into less depression and less overeating. Getting fresh air and outdoor exercise is supportive to your overall health, and making it a morning priority will help you maintain your fitness momentum. Leave your evenings free for snuggling on the sofa or in front of a warm fire with the people you cherish!

Incorporate more self-care.
Your ability to show up in life and help others is directly related to how much care you provide for yourself. Make seven to nine hours of sleep your focus every night, as this one habit can affect your well-being more than almost anything else-especially during the colder months. People with chronic stress  tend to have weaker immune systems and are more prone to anxiety, depression, and insomnia, which can lead to a cascade of health problems. Lower levels of stress mean a healthier immune system. Allow yourself a routine self-care ritual like a nightly lavender bath or a weekly massage, body wrap, or a facial. Phone us at the spa to book your relaxing treatment today.

Slow down and reflect.
Start bolstering your immune system now by listening to your body and taking cues from the weather outside. This is the time to reflect on and release the things that no longer serve you or bring happiness to your life. Meditation and self-reflection are vital to this season as we allow ourselves the space to make changes. Researchers  found that mindfulness meditation affects the regions of the brain that control immune function and increase levels of circulating antibodies that identify and eradicate pathogens like viruses and bacteria. Sitting in stillness will not only encourage a greater sense of well-being, but it will help support immune function throughout the winter months.

Use alternative, preventive herbs and supplements.
Consider having weekly B12 and other vitamin and mineral injections to bolster your immune system and help maintain steady energy levels.  Studies show that vitamin B12 and B6 deficiencies can inhibit both cell-mediated and humoral immunity, making it difficult for the body to respond to invading pathogens. Many studies show that while receiving B12 and other vitamin injections, people remain healthy while everyone around them suffers with the seasonal cold or flu. There are also a wide array of botanical medicines that have traditionally been used at the onset of a cold or flu. Essential oils and Herbal tinctures can help shorten the duration of infections. Stop in at Altitude Spa today to browse our selection of Aromatherapy spray and oils.

By following a healthy protocol like the one outlined above, you can build immunity naturally and make the most out of these warm, cozy, and transformative months of the year.For more information, contact us at (403) 783-2999.


What's New At Altitude Spa!

PRODUCTS & SERVICES:


PATCHOLOGY

New to Altitude Spa this month is our Patchology Line. We are the first spa in Canada to offer this product and we are so excited! You can now try them out as an add on to your next service and purchase them as retail for stocking stuffers or for yourself.

Lip and Eye Patches are innovative and go beyond traditional treatments to hydrate, smooth and revitalize your skin. Simply apply, Take 5.....and go. No rinsing required.  

The Flash Masque Facial Sheets offer intense results 
with ease and relaxation. An essential beauty enhancer for travel, jet-lag skin recovery, the morning-after or pre party prep. Results in just 5 minutes and it doesn't need to be cleansed off. 

The P osh Peel Pedi Cure was designed to gently, naturally and progressively exfoliate and resurface rough skin on your feet. With one 60 minute treatment, send calluses packing and tell dead skin to hit the road. 


VIVIER ACNE SKIN TX
 
We are very excited to introduce our new Acne skin line this month to Altitude Spa. This amazing two step program
  
STEP 1: The cleanser is a medicated antimicrobial cleanser and toner in one. It removes surface impurities; clears pimples, blackheads and whiteheads; deep cleans pores to prevent future pimples; and preps the skin for step two. 

There are 2 main active ingredients in this cleanser. 

PHARMACEUTICAL GRADE SALICYLIC ACID 2% -
penetrates deep into pores to help exfoliate and unclog bacteria; and clears and prevents blackheads and whiteheads while exfoliating the skin. 

HEXAMINE - kills and inhibits growth of acne-causing bacteria; diminishes redness and irritation while maintaining the skins natural pH balance.

STEP 2: The Acne Treatment Lotion is for spot treatments. It is a targeted acne-fighting lotion. It clears and prevent blackheads and pimples. It is a concentrated, light weight, water-based lotion that absorbs instantly. It is complemented with a Witch Hazel Extract for its anti-inflammatory properties. 
  
PHARMACEUTICAL GRADE BENZOYL PEROXIDE 5% - This is the highest concentration available. The microencapsulated properties make for deep delivery into the hair follicle. It also kills and prevents the growth of acne-causing bacteria.
It's just that simple! And works AMAZINGLY well. Some doctors around Canada have even started to replace Accutane with Skin TX Acne Treatment System as it can be very hard on your body. For more information on this amazing skin line or to start one of our facial programs book in for your free skin consultation today. (403) 783-2999





STAFF CONTINUING EDUCATION:


BODY WAXING
A few of our estheticians at Altitude Spa are currently taking their advanced courses in full body waxing. The course involves  theory, knowledge and step by step procedures of effective, safe and comfortable hair removal on all areas of the body. 

Knowledge of bacteriology and sanitation, anatomy of the hair, and contraindications. Benefits and differences of various types of waxes. As well as many hours  of hands on practice.

Lindsay, Jeanine, Dayle, Chantelle, Jolene, Diane and Sabrina now offer:

- Full Legs
- Full Arms
- Underarms
- Bikini
- Mens Chest
- Mens Back
- Mens Abdomen


GEL NAILS
 
Chantelle & Jeanine recently took their advanced gel nail course "Show & Share" in November. The course was hands on one-on-one with a Nail Basics Education Leader learning f aster and more efficiant techniques  to personalize and customize their gel nail skills. 

HEALTHY EATING  
Spa Cuisine For A Healthier You




Here's a fresh take on the 7-layer dip, putting a Mediterranean spin on this healthy appetizer recipe. It will be a hit at your Christmas Party!


Serves:  Makes 4 cups
 
Ingredients:
  • 8 oz. hummus (I prefer Sabra)
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • ½ cup diced cucumber
  • ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 2 canned artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 2 roasted red peppers (4 halves), diced
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp minced flat-leaf parsley
  • Kalamata olives, chopped (optional), for garnish


Instructions:
  1. In an 8- by 8- square serving dish, spread the hummus evenly on the bottom. Layer the tomatoes and cucumber over top.
     
  2. Dollop the yogurt over the vegetables, then gently spread with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle the yogurt with salt and paprika.
     
  3. On top of the yogurt, layer the artichoke heart, roasted red peppers and feta cheese. Sprinkle the parsley over top and garnish with olives.
     
  4. Serve with fresh vegetables, pita chips or crackers.

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