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
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
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
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.
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.