This winter, think about immunity-boosting behaviors at every turn, with the goal of fortifying your body from head to toe, to make it an inhospitable environment for viruses to set up shop (and make you sick). Know that just about every move you make this winter — from when and how you eat, to how much you sleep, to what type of exercise you get — will either build immune resilience or erode it.
With chaos and upheaval seemingly the order of the day these days, remaining energetic, emotionally buoyant and physically balanced can be a tall order. For those of us trying to manage stress, fatigue and/or exhaustion, the unhealthy quick-fixes typically include some combination of sugar, caffeine, alcohol, recreational drugs and prescribed meds. Sound familiar? But there is a better way, enlisting the help of a group of herbal ingredients called ‘adaptogens.’
When most of us think of ‘spirit’ or ‘spirituality,’ things like a moral code, religious services or houses of worship come to mind. And that’s fine. But, tending to your spirit doesn’t necessarily require a heavenly choir or a donation box. Spirituality can be thought of in broader, less religious terms and still help guide you through tough times, supporting your emotional health.
Spot those first laugh lines across your forehead and your first thought likely is, make it stop! While there’s no sure-fire way to stop aging – both visible and not – it is possible to slow the process down quite a bit, if you make the effort to protect the length of your telomeres.
When we think about how we can put the brakes on aging, what’s usually top of mind is how well we take care of our bodies with food, movement, exercise, rest -- the physical essentials. And that’s a good thing. But let’s not forget there is another extremely important element that’s often given short shrift, the emotional one.
While deepening laugh lines on the outside are a give-away, it’s often the slow and not-always-visible chipping away of muscle mass, power, strength, and endurance which are the more significant signs of time marching on. That and lot of aches and pains. As these rather humbling physiological hiccups begin to add up, the question becomes, how to slow the slide – or prevent it altogether? The answer: staying physically active!