8 Tips to Fight Inflammation in Your Body this Winter
Between colder temperatures, cold and flu season, and spending more time cooped up indoors, you may not be feeling your best self this winter. In addition to struggling with the winter blues, you may also be particularly achy, stiff, and downright tired. What gives? For one, inflammation could be to blame. As it turns out, a 2015 study found that certain genes linked to inflammation are actually more active in the winter months. And while not all inflammation is a bad thing, chronic inflammation ‚ inflammation that sticks around ‚ is linked to a number of health issues including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can support your body‚s natural abilities to fight off inflammation on its own. This week on the Vibrant Health blog, we are sharing eight tips to conquer winter inflammation like a pro ‚ from your diet to your sleep habits.
8 Ways to Reduce Inflammation this Season
- Opt for an Omega-3 Rich Diet
- Add in a Quality Fish Oil Supplement
- Turn to Turmeric for a Healthy Boost
- Warm up with a Cup of Green Tea
- Take Care of Your Joint Health
- Reduce Your Stress Levels
- Squeeze in 20 Minutes of Regular Exercise
- Cut Back on Inflammatory Foods
- Set Yourself Up for a Good Night‚s Sleep
- Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels
Opt for an Omega-3 Rich Diet
Add in a Quality Fish Oil Supplement
Turn to Turmeric for a Healthy Boost
If you don‚t know, now you know: turmeric is the king of anti-inflammatories. Its compound curcumin serves as a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ‚ and it‚s backed by science. Add this spice to your favorite Indian dishes, enjoy a cup of turmeric tea, or opt for a supplement. Our Maximized Turmeric 46x contains curcuminoids (combined with black pepper for optimal absorption) to support the body‚s natural inflammation responses, while also aiding digestive, skin, and liver health. Hint: Try our Spiced Golden Latte recipe here to warm up this winter with a turmeric boost.
Warm Up with a Cup of Green Tea
Take Care of Your Joint Health
Reduce Your Stress Levels
Squeeze in 20 Minutes of Regular Exercise
Cut Back on Inflammatory Foods
Set Yourself Up for a Good Night's Sleep
You know that sleep is essential for your overall wellness, but did you know it can also impact inflammation? As it turns out, research shows that not getting enough sleep can increase inflammation in the body. As the weather gets colder, do what you can to nourish your body and set yourself up for a peaceful night‚s rest. Step up your evening ritual by taking a relaxing candlelit bath, sipping on herbal tea or journaling before bed to let go of any lingering stress from the day. Try these additional tips for promoting healthy sleep!
Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels
Vitamin D is a superstar vitamin when it comes to winter wellness. After all, studies show that the ‚úsunshine vitamin‚ù plays a significant role in regulating the immune system and inflammatory response.
During the darker days of winter (in the midst of cold and flu season), you‚re likely spending more time indoors without getting adequate sunshine. That‚s why it‚s especially important to optimize your Vitamin D levels now. Ask your healthcare provider to order labwork so you can check your levels, and consider supplementing with a quality Vitamin D3 supplement.
Want more winter wellness support? Here are some more ways to boost your energy and mood to ward off the winter blues!
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