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Winter Essentials

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Winter Essentials

katie strakosch

Happy 2017! Here we find ourselves in the depth of winter with the holidays behind us, and a few weeks to go before spring greets us with her beauty ☺

How do you nourish yourself during these cold months? 

I wanted to share a bit about my Winter Essentials Toolkit that keeps me moving and grooving. 

This is the time of the year that our bodies need an immune boost, our adrenals need a little extra loving, our digestive system craves a break after the holiday festivities and our bodies a deep winter’s rest at night.


My personal daily supplement regime includes:

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D helps to support immune function, fights depression, maintains bone health, helps support weight loss, protects heart health. Studies have now shown that vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased risk of numerous chronic disorders, including type II diabetes, cancer, infections, and cardiovascular, autoimmune, and neurological diseases.

My pick is Garden of Life Raw D3 which also contains raw probiotics and enzymes.


Essential Fatty Acids 

Essential Fatty Acids help to support cardiovascular health, hormonal regulation, support healthy skin and nails, regulation of blood pressure, liver function, immune and inflammatory responses, essential for cholesterol metabolism and cellular health and brain health. 

When sourcing an essential fatty acid, look for a proprietary blend of omega 3-6-7-9. Many people tend to run high in omega-6’s through their dietary intake of saturated fats, but deficient in omega-3 & 9. 

My picks are Nordic Naturals Omega Woman and New Chapter Wholemega.


Adrenal Support 

Adrenal fatigue not only causes a deficiency in hormones, but also a deficiency in many of the vitamins, minerals and compounds that our bodies need to function. When the adrenals are compromised, we struggle low energy and lethargy.

I love and use both Vitanica Adrenal Assist and Gaia Herbs Adrenal Health Nightly Restore)

I love the Vitanica Adrenal Assist because it is a combination of B5, B6, Zinc, Magnesium, adaptogenic herbs: Eleutherococcus, Panax ginseng, Rhodiola, and Ashwagandha andImmune system support from Astragalus, Holy basil, and Schizandra. The Gaia Herbs Nightly Restore also helps to support a restful sleep.


Probiotics 

This bacteria lines your digestive tract and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. The benefits of probiotics have been shown effective in supporting immune function, supporting and healing digestion, as well as supporting brain/mood health and skin health.

I love Garden of Life Raw Probiotics for Women and Primal Defense.


Chlorella

Chlorella Is a single cell algae that works as a binder in the digestive system. It travels through the system encapsulating toxins before they are reabsorbed into the system. It is loaded with magnesium, B12 and vitamin D, so it nourishes the body as well as binds toxins. **Binders are very beneficial during detox protocols such as infrared sauna, ionic foot baths, colonics and lymphatic drainage sessions*

My favorite is BioPure Healing Products Chlorella.


Along with following my daily supplement regime, I work in 3-4 infrared sauna sessions per week, at least 3 detoxifying Epsom salt baths, daily movement including yoga and walking and weekly scalp treatments that consist of avocado oil, rosemary and lavender essential oils (stay tuned for all the details on this).

Maintaining and supporting whole body health in the winter is essential not only for the physical body, but also for mental and emotional health.

Stay posted for my next post on The Winter Blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Cheers to nourishing your body this winter!