Are you feeling ungrounded, scattered, or chaotic? Maybe your life feels a little out of control or out of balance right now? There might be a good reason for this…
Ancient Ayurvedic wisdom teaches that our bodies feel the changing seasons. And autumn is a Vata time of the year. Vata is comprised of air and space with characteristics of cool, dry, crackly, and windy. An over abundance of vata energy in our body can lead to monkey-mind, feeling anxious or restless, or being unable to stay focused on tasks. Does this sound like you?
Not to worry, there are several things you can do to feel more grounded. Meditating can help ground us. There are meditation mantras and yoga poses to help open the root chakra (our grounding chakra) and help us feel more grounded. The color read is also associated with the root chakra. So wearing red clothing or eating red foods can also be grounding. Eating seasonally help us to feel more grounded as well. And when we feel grounded our bodies embrace the change of the seasons more gracefully.
In Part 1 of 7 Ways to Increase Your Winter Wellness we covered the first four immune boosting tips:
- Stay hydrated
- Get enough quality sleep
- Germ busters
Have you been able to implement one or two of those ideas? I’d love to know what’s working for you.
In Part 2 let’s explore some other immune boosting tips to increase your winter wellness. We’ll look at the health benefits of creating a clean gut and boosting your gut microbiome; which immune boosting foods to eat (and which immune suppressing foods to ditch); plus immune boosting herbs, spices, and herbal remedies to give your body an extra wellness boost this winter, and all year-round too.
Do you always seem to catch the latest cold that’s going around your office or your kid’s school? Would you rather experience winter wellness than sickness? I hear you! I used to catch colds every winter too. One year I even succumbed to the H1N1 virus. I was so sick my husband actually thought I might die! It’s no joke when cold and flu viruses start to spread.
Luckily there are many things you can do to boost your immune system and create winter wellness. Your overall stress level, your hydration, the sleep you get (or don’t get), all play a big part in helping you embrace winter wellness. Immune boosting foods, spices, and herbal remedies can all help promote winter wellness too.
And let’s not forget that your overall health starts in your gut. In fact 60-80% of your immune system resides in your gut. So if your gut microbiome is out of whack, your immune system likely is too. A healthy gut generally equals a healthy body, and vice-versa.
What can you do to boost your winter wellness to stay healthy this season? In part 1 of this 2-part article we’ll cover four important immune boosters.