It’s the end of winter. Your vitamin D stores are somewhat depleted and the Christmas/New Year’s weight might be stubbornly hanging on. It’s time to re-energize by getting active, eating good food, breathing fresh mountain air and surrounding yourself with like-minded people.
The body’s ability to heal itself has always amazed me. I suffered from asthma my entire childhood and now I’ve been puffer-free for over 15 years. I attribute my healing to listening to my body’s cues. These are the little, hidden messages your body gives you; its way of communicating. My asthma was a clue, a sign of my body’s obvious distress but I just wasn’t listening.
Maintaining a regular sleep-wake cycle in the darker winter months is vital to staying healthy and combating Seasonal Affective Disorder. Also it's important to maintain proper nutrition as well. Combined these tips can help beat the winter blues.
Part 1 of Blog Series, “Combating Seasonal Affective Disorder” By Jennifer Keirstead, Holistic Nutritionist Do you get the winter blues, and eat more sugar and junk food than you care to admit? The weather and season affects our mood and health in profound ways. The lack of sunlight affects our serotonin and melatonin levels, and [...]
Did you have stressful day at work? Were you spending long hours doing yard work or chores? A long slumber leaves you feeling calm, refreshed and vital — the stresses, aches and pains of the previous day melt away. It also helps in weight loss. Making time for rest and adopting specific practices into your waking hours [...]
If insomnia is plaguing your sleep, you are probably one of the 75% suffering from too little, or frequently interupted rest, that is triggered by a current stressor. Most studies show that poor sleepers tend to have higher levels of Cortisol and related stress hormones in their bloodstream. Cortisol affects our sleep depth, continuum and state, and the [...]