The last few months of this year may leave some of us feeling even more overwhelmed than usual, both mentally and physically. With darker days and the crisp colder weather, keeping ourselves fit and healthy is vital.
How can we look after ourselves during this time? Luckily, there are plenty of ways to stay both happy and healthy this season.
Below are some tips which may be helpful.
Up your vitamin intake
Winter can be a considerable strain on your immune system, so we must try and give it a much needed boost. To combat the winter blues, we should feed our bodies with clean, healthy food, including vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients. Nutrients are found in the foods we eat, however, if you're struggling to fit them all in or have over indulged this winter, supplements can help.
When it comes to supplements, the clue's in the name – they are designed to supplement your diet with nutrients that your diet may be lacking. For example, our Immuno 29 is made up of 29 vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, including vitamins A, B1-3 and C, combined in a carefully researched formula designed to give your immune system a helping hand.
Exercising regularly is not only the key to staying healthy but also for bolstering your mental well-being. The gloomy weather and darker days don’t always help your motivation, especially if you’re not enjoying your current exercise routine.
The great thing about exercise is that there is an endless number of activities you can try; plenty of which you can do from the comfort of your home. There are lots of workout videos on Youtube, from cardio and weight lifting to yoga and Zumba. Popular fitness gurus include Yoga With Adrienne, Joe Wicks, and Chloe Ting – all of whom have their own styles and routines, allowing you to mix up your workout throughout the month. If you need help staying on track, try forming a virtual exercise group, where you video call your loved ones and support each other throughout the workout.
Just make sure to factor in some time outside – a walk through your local park can do wonders for your mental health.
If you’re new to regular exercising or you are fitness enthusiast, then it may be worth trying our Elagen Sport capsules. This sports supplement is the first to contain a combination of the adaptogenic actions of Eleuthero and Coenzyme Q10, which means that these capsules may help to reduce fatigue and help the immune system adapt to regular training – ideal for when you feel like you’re struggling.
Maintain a healthy diet
It's no secret that eating well can do wonders for your health, but incorporating fruit and veg into your diet can feel more challenging than running a marathon. The change in seasons – along with the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus – often finds us reaching for more energy-dense food. While there's nothing wrong with a little indulgence every now and then, it's not a routine you want to stick to. Heavy, high-calorie meals can leave you feeling lethargic, increasing your chances of headaches and weight gain.
Eating healthy in the winter does not have to mean endless bowls of salad, if that is not your thing. There are countless recipes out there that are healthy, filling, and leave you feeling warm and comforted every time. Stews, chilli, soups, and ramen bowls are just a few examples of some of the meals you can make. The best part? They are simple to make, easily customisable, and can be thrown in a slow cooker for a few hours; perfect for when you're not in the mood to cook that day.
If you still feel that you’re not getting enough vitamins in your diet, then our Immuno 29 may help you replenish what you’re missing. Our new and improved formula includes a variety of nutrients, including Vitamin C and Zinc, both of which can help boost your immune system.
Monitor your drinking
According to a survey conducted by Alcohol Change, more than a quarter of people had drunk more during the first lockdown, with one in five drinking as a response to their anxiety. It is normal to feel anxious about the virus. However, curbing excessive drinking habits need to be considered if you want to stay fit and healthy this season.
Switch to non or low-alcohol alternatives to your favourite drink, and instead of sipping on wine from midday, stick to tea and water until later that evening. Or, for something more exciting, try experimenting with different mocktails and cordials instead.
We’re not saying that you should cut the alcohol completely. But to help you feel happy and healthy, the last thing you’d want is a hangover. Our Elagen supplement’s key ingredient is an adaptogen Eleuthero aka Siberian Ginseng, and is an ‘adaptogen’ it may help support your immune system, ensuring that illnesses are kept at bay. And a strong, healthy immune system leads to less hangovers!
Staying hydrated plays a significant role when it comes to boosting your immune system; excessive alcohol consumption can be detrimental to your daily health.
There is a strong sense of uncertainty in the world right now, staying happy and healthy may seem like a challenge too tough to maintain but we must try and look after ourselves as much as we can. Establishing good eating habits that include the right vitamins, minerals and extracts and exercising regularly can help you cope with any challenges life may bring.
Please remember to check with your doctor if you're unsure about taking any supplements.
Written for Eladon Ltd by Guest Post via Your Girl Friday