December 13 2017
For a lot of people, it is normal to feel a need to take a little extra precaution when it comes to physical health during the winter. Recent studies are beginning to prove that our genes actually change as the seasons get colder, which explains why we are more prone to sickness during the winter. Our body depends on an idea known as homeostasis, which describes the ability of a system to maintain itself. While the outer temperature of the human body varies widely based on environmental conditions, the core temperature remains constant. The only time this will change in our bodies is when we are sick, and the reason why we are more prone to illness in the winter is because during the winter months, our bodies pump up the levels of many of the genes linked with inflammation. This triggers the swelling and discomfort we feel when our bodies are actually doing this to protect us from many ailments such as the flu or colds. Another ailment that is dealt with a lot is seasonal depression. As we get less sunlight, our bodies produce less serotonin which can leave many people feeling energetically low and emotionally down.
The three main things you need to do to survive the winter are to boost your immune system, boost your energy levels and maintain a healthy amount of serotonin. These all tend to take a small dive around winter time and it is important to find healthy, natural ways to keep them at healthy levels. There are many kinds of nutritional supplements that increase serotonin levels such as amino acids, vitamins, minerals and herbs. Three of the most widely used serotonin supplements are the amino acids tryptophan, 5-HTP, and SAM-e. Vitamin type supplements that would help in the boosting of serotonin would be Vitamins B6, B9, C and D. Vitamins are less invasive than amino acids so they can be taken more easily with prescribed medicines such as SSRI’s. Winter is a time of year where there is much less sunlight outside, and for those of you who have to get up early for work and leave at some point in the evening, there may be a chance that you barely experience any natural light during your work day, if any at all. As previously mentioned in another article, this is a big cause for Seasonal Affective Disorder also known as S.A.D., and because of this it is important to try to rebuild the serotonin missing in your brain through natural supplements.
Another way to ensure you will be able to avoid the winter blues is by being active, granted it is a bit difficult to get up and go do something (especially if that involves going outside) during this time of year. If you are able to (meaning that you are not on any medication that would interfere) take a supplement such as ginseng or maca, not only will it help to boost your mood but your vigor as well! Supplements such as vitamin B12 are also fantastic to take around this time of year to help boost red blood cell production which will definitely help with your energy levels as well. Diffuse essential oils like cinnamon, clove, black pepper, peppermint, rosemary or orange to keep a lively, warm energy in your home while keeping a lovely winter vibe.
As for your immune system, the best thing you can do is to take antioxidants high in vitamin C combined with a very healthy diet. A good portion of your health is dependent on your digestive and circulatory system. A healthy circulation system will not only keep you warm but will help improve your cognitive function and boost your energy levels as well as improve your overall immune system. A healthy digestive system will also help in preserving energy levels and ultimately maintain a healthy immune system. Vitamin C supplements along with a diet consisting of vegetables containing a high amount of chlorophyll should do the trick! Keeping yourself healthy during the winter does not have to be so difficult; all it takes is a bit of knowledge of how your body works and how natural supplements work.