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Welcome! Today I’m going to quickly share 10 of our best natural, winter survival tips. And there are some of you facing serious, and historic, weather conditions right now. Hopefully these will help you get through it! No matter where you live, winter can be a trying time of year, both physically and mentally. While nature hibernates and prepares to re-emerge, it’s all too easy to feel the same seasonal slump. Let’s fix that and thanks in advance for following along!
I’m just going to grab my hot cup of green matcha Energizing Tea with lemon, the perfect beverage for a winter morning…
TIP #1. Baby, it’s cold outside but warm and dry inside. And that’s exactly how your skin can feel – dry, chapped, and flaky. The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Wear gloves when you go outside but avoid wearing wet socks and gloves too long which can irritate your skin and even cause sores or a flare-up of eczema.
My absolute favorite oil-based moisturizer to slather on daily or just when needed during winter is Shaklee’s “Ultra Moisturizing Shea Butter Cream”. It’s paraben-free and has extra Vitamin E in it. How I use it: put all over feet, rubbing more on the calloused areas like the heel, then I put breathable socks over my feet while I sleep. Then I rub some more on my knees, elbows, and hands before bed. In the morning, my feet are super soft.
TIP #2. Hook up a humidifier at home. Central heating systems (as well as space heaters) blast hot dry air throughout our homes and offices. Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home; they help disperse the moisture more evenly.
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TIP #3. Bye-bye super hot baths and showers. Soaking in a burning-hot bath feels great after frolicking out in the cold. But the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin. Try a lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda, which can help relieve irritated skin. The bonus in using baking soda is that it also is used for detoxing!
TIP #4. You can still get “burnt” in winter. The other thing to remember about skin care during these cold months is that you still need sunscreen if you’re going to be outside for any length of time. It may not look like the sun is bright enough, and it may be overcast, but those UV rays can still do damage. Not to mention there’s also “snow glare”, which can reflect onto your skin. Keep a tube of “SPF 30 for Body” in your car and a “Lip Treatment SPF 15”. Lips really feel the brunt of the cold and can start peeling otherwise!
I also keep a certain “miracle” product handy in my bathroom for any occasion where my skin turns pink and looks like I may have had “too much sun” after all. It’s called “Calming Complex” – a comforting, skin-smoothing, hypoallergenic formula that gives you the protective and soothing benefits of beta glucan, for a quick recovery from environmental stress. It’s the perfect “after” product – after sunburn, after skiing, after airplane travel, after hot/cold shifts. You won’t believe how quickly it heals!
TIP #5. Being a hermit makes winter feel so much longer than it really is. Exposure to daylight helps keep your circadian rhythms in check. When your brain detects natural light from the sun, it inhibits the release of melatonin (sleep hormone). You may find you feel more sleepy during the daytime and then have trouble getting into a deep sleep at night if you don’t get enough sunlight. Fresh air also is invigorating and wakes you right up! Outdoor activity can boost endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers) and elevate those feel good neurotransmitters such as serotonin. Even just a 10 minute brisk walk outside is enough to boost your mood.
If you need extra support to beat the “blues”, try Shaklee’s “MoodLift Complex”. It contains St. John’s wort, which research shows provides dietary support for a positive mental outlook after four to six weeks of use, and inositol, which complements the activity of St. John’s wort by playing a role in the proper transmission of nerve signals. Consult your physician to make sure it’s safe for you to take. (Note: Non-VEG product.)
TIP #6. You may be low on Vitamin D. Recent research shows that vitamin D—the “sunshine vitamin”—offers a multitude of benefits including supporting healthy heart function, immune and bone health. But, up to 80% of Americans may have suboptimal levels of this essential nutrient. Boost your level of vitamin D with Shaklee “Vita-D3”. I have fair skin and live in both SoCal and further north in Portland, Oregon so I need more than others. Find out how much you need with this quiz: http://www.shaklee.com/us/en/pop_VitaminD_Quiz.s.html
(Note: Non-VEG product.)
TIP #7. Wash, wash, wash those hands of germs. “In United States, the influenza virus spreads roughly from October to April, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, everywhere that experiences a winter, there’s a flu season. So what’s the connection? It’s not because being cold gives you a cold, as your grandmother might have you believe. There are several existing hypotheses, though why flu flourishes in the winter is “a fascinating question that’s engaged infectious disease doctors and virologists for years,” Dr. William Schaffner, the immediate past-president of the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases and professor of preventive medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, told weather.com.”
The theories range from believing that virus’ form a special outer coating in cold weather that help them fly through the air, the “enclosed space theory” that we spend more time indoors during winter so they are transmitted easier, and the fact that Vitamin D levels tend to be lower and so are our immune systems. Be as careful as possible by washing your hands a lot. Wash them before you transfer any viruses you “pick-up” to your face, your nose, and mouth specifically.
Shaklee’s “Hand Wash Concentrate” is kept in the bathrooms and the kitchen of my home because it’s formulated with natural botanicals, contains wheat germ oil, algae extract, soy protein, and aloe, as well as linden flower, rosemary, and arnica extracts, and is made from sustainably sourced plant-based ingredients.
TIP #8. Support your immune system so it can support you staying healthy. I call this the Shaklee Immunity Trifecta. This basically makes up the bulk of my “medicine cabinet” at home. (There’s some band-aids in there too of course.)
a. Scientists and medical communities have identified interferon as being crucial to healthy immune function. “NutriFeron” is an exclusive, patented formula, which provides a proprietary blend of four plant extracts designed to naturally increase levels of interferon and provide immune support at the cellular level. (I take 2 tablets every single day all year round.)
b. “Vitalized Immunity” is naturally sweetened with Monk Fruit, and contains as much vitamin-C as 16 oranges. Delicious effervescent formula. (The moment I feel a “tickle” in the throat, I drop 1 tablet in a glass of water.)
c. “Defend & Resist Complex” helps your body respond to environmental challenges by giving your immune system what it needs to stay strong. Key ingredients in “Defend & Resist Complex” have been shown in laboratory studies to help to stimulate the body’s natural resistance with Echinacea purpurea, help to maintain a healthy immune response with black elderberry, and enhances immune support with larch tree.
Here’s one of my favorite ways to use the “Defend & Resist Complex”: drop 6 tablets into a cup of cold water. Add Shaklee’s orange flavored hydration powder, “Performance”, and mix. After everything dissolves, gulp generously!
TIP #9. Eat antioxidant rich foods. Fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants not only fight damaging free radicals in your body, they also can fight those winter skin blues too! Antioxidants help protect your skin against damage caused by the sun and harsh weather conditions in the winter.
Orange veggies, such as carrots, squash, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes are full of carotenoids. Carotenoids increase our defense against the sun and damage from UV rays.
Green foods, such as kale and spinach, are full of vitamin C, which can act as your food equivalent of the fountain of youth. And strengthen your immune superpowers!
And if you’re not able to get enough servings everyday of your fruits and veggies, you can supplement too. Check other options out here…
(Note: Non-VEG product.)
TIP #10. Bring color into your life! Wear a cheerful bright colored top or scarf, paint a room your favorite uplifting color, put some fresh flowers out or buy a plant and put it in your most livable room in your home (they purify the stagnant, sealed up air too). Color therapy is incredibly effective at boosting your mood.
There are also Light Therapy Lamps. Read more about the science of light here…
Thanks for joining today! I hope there was something informative here that made it worthwhile. You can find any of the Shaklee products mentioned in further detail here:
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And have a great Shaklee day!