Tips to not just “Survive” winter but how to “Thrive” in winter for the over 50’s

The nights are cool and the mornings are crisp. Winter is on the way. I love this time of year when the weather is “just right”…just like mama bear!

However, I always go into winter with trepidation. This is the time of colds and flu. Each year I give quite a lot of thought to how to survive the winter and I would like to share my essential tips with you

  1. Keep up the exercise

Once it becomes cooler, we tend to forget about our daily exercise. It’s cold in the mornings and it is so easy to snuggle up and have just a little more time in bed. We stop doing the things that we always do. We need that daily dose of sunshine, Vitamin D, to get our endomorphins moving and ward off depression. Set your alarm and get moving!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     I would also like to recommend a supplement that helps when I cant get as much sunshine and exercise as I like to. I use a product called D3 Plus .At our age, our body needs not only Vitamin D but also Calcium and Magnesium to keep our bones healthy. In order for our bodies to absorb these crucial minerals, it needs Vitamin D and this product “fits the bill” and helps with absorption.

 

  1. Drink more water

It is very easy when it is not so hot, to pay less attention to the amount of water that we drink. We need to drink 2 litres of water each day. If you struggle to do this, get yourself a clear, one litre bottle and put 3 marks on it with a texta. 8, 10, and 12 to finish one litre by lunchtime and then 2, 4 and 6 to finish a second litre in the afternoon.

  1. Go Fresh! Eat Clean!

Find your best source of fresh ingredients and prepare meals with lots of fresh ingredients every day. We are inclined to search out comfort food in the winter. Keep away from processed carbohydrates like pasta and starchy vegetables like potato. We can make better choices than that. Try to find a source of fresh fruit and vegetables that are local and fresh from the farmers wherever possible, in order to get as many nutrients as possible into our diets. Unfortunately, this is not possible for us all and I recommend this Vitamin Supplement to top up on our daily requirements.

  1. No more “Easy” Bottles and Jars

These bottle and jars are filled with numbered ingredients, preservatives, thickeners and other ingredients that compromise the wall of our gut. Stick to beautiful fresh ingredients and be sure to add lots of fresh herbs. When you shop for your vegetables, buy a big bunch of fresh parsley, put it in a zip lock bag in the crisper and just see how many things that you can add your “green” to each week. Think about it every meal!

Weekly Challenge: Use up the whole bunch of parsley in one week!

5.  Add More Green to Your Diet

What we eat as we age matters. Green leafy vegetables become especially important. After the age of 50, the goal is to prevent disease by maintaining an optimally healthy and active mind and body. The goal is to be in the best health possible.  There is no disputing the fact that green leafy vegetables are the healthiest foods on the planet. The more greens that you eat, the leaner and healthier you’ll be. Because they’re are so nutrient dense, full of fibre and low in calories, you can consume them in virtually unlimited amounts. Some leafy greens like kale, watercress, rocket, bok choy belong to the cruciferous family whose unique ingredients have been shown to be some of the most powerful cancer fighters in existence. We need to flood our bodies with green. We can do this in 3 ways.

  1.  Add as much or as many green leafy vegetables as we can to our diet as possible. In season is better as they are most nutrient rich at this time.
  2. Add a green supplement to your diet daily. I can recommend Green Qi which is a blend of marine greens with fruit and berry extracts, herbs and grasses to help you balance your diet. This is an easy, uncomplicated way to eat your greens; exactly like your mother always told you to.
  3.  Add a green smoothie to you daily routine. Try the following recipe

         Green Coco Mango Smoothie

         Ingredients

1 cup light coconut milk

1/2 cup plain coconut yoghurt

2 mango cheeks or 1 large banana or combination

handful fresh green spinach leaves

handful fresh mint leaves

1/4 avocado

1 teasp Green QI

raw honey to taste

         Method

1. Blend all ingredients and drink immediately

      6.  Take a probiotic

Last but not least, take a good Probiotic. I do this as a matter of course every day. Over the years, modern living takes its toll on the wall of our gut. Every time we take antibiotics, for instance, the natural flora in our gut is killed off. The flora never recovers unless we take action to repair the damage done by the antibiotic which have killed off the bug that we have, killing off our precious gut flora at the same time. The way to repair the damage done is to take a Probiotic. There are lots of Probiotics out there and some companies do a great job of marketing their products. There are, however,Probiotics and PROBIOTICS! Some are definitely not as good as others. I recently came across this great article by Dr John Ellerman  on Super Synbiotics . It is worth the read.

I can tell you all from experience and those of you who know me would know that I have had arthritis for years and it is only now, after 6 months on my Probiotic   and natural Ant-Inflammatory  that I have reached a stage where I no longer take prescribed arthritis medication. That has been my goal and I have done it! You can too!!