As the holiday season draws to a close, many of us start to think about how to eat more healthfully in the New Year and perhaps try and lose those few extra pounds that might have crept up on us over the holidays. If healthy eating and cooking are on your list of New Year’s Resolutions, the NakedTruthNutritionist and EdibleNature are here to help you at every turn.
Whether you’re looking for organic bulk spices, natural supplements or the best advice on how to cook healthy weekday meals, we are here to help.
Make 2014 the Year of the Healthy, New You!
Echinacea may shorten the duration of a cold if taken within the first day or two of symptoms. Chinese medicinal herbs can also help. The people who use echinacea to treat symptoms have the right idea. Research to date shows that echinacea can help treat a cold, but it won’t prevent one.
If you tend to catch every winter bug that goes around, consider two supplements: the herb astragalus and a medicinal mushroom supplement that contains maitake, shiitake, turkey tail, or reishi mushrooms. Both remedies, long used in Chinese medicine, have antiviral properties that may ward off colds and flu. Like all “tonic” remedies, they have a cumulative effect and are meant to be taken daily. Ideally it’s best to start taking one or both in the early fall, before cold season begins, and continue throughout the winter. But start now and enjoy good health!
High strength Omega 3. Omega 3 is vital for younger looking skin as you get older and works with vitamin C and E to boost collagen and moisturize your skin from within. Take 500-1000 mg/day.
Vitamin E is a key anti-aging vitamin that protects the skin and other cell structures in your body from free radical damage. Some researchers believe that vitamin E is the most important of all the anti aging antioxidants – the master vitamin. Nutritionists estimate that over 95% of Americans have a diet providing below the recommended dieatary level of vitamin E- recommendation is 100 mg/day.
This superfood inhibits 72 known infectious agents, including those that cause the common cold. Garlic also protects against ulcers and may help eliminate metals, such as lead, from the body. A cornerstone of many cuisines, it’s also great on its own, roasted and spread on warm bread.
As you’re wandering the globe this season, steer clear of food-borne illness by getting your daily fill of garlic (in food or capsule form) and probiotics (through yogurt or acidophilus supplements). Garlic provides antibacterial action, and probiotics build up your gut’s beneficial bugs to counter harmful bacteria. If you do end up with a queasy stomach, taking an activated-charcoal supplement can help absorb the toxins and restore your digestive health.
If you change time zones you can reset your body clock by taking 1 to 3 milligrams of melatonin — a hormone that regulates your sleep-wake cycle — 30 minutes before bedtime. When you wake up, look at the sun for 10 minutes. This will send a message to the part of the brain that coordinates the body’s rhythms through changes in lighting detected by the eyes.
People often know they need electrolytes in the heat of summer. But your body’s need for electrolytes doesn’t stop when fall begins. Electrolytes aid in rehydration, so get plenty of them all year. Try Emergen-C ElectroMIX – it’s the ideal addition to virtually any beverage, providing the electrolytes your body needs.
Avoid constipation and stay regular with Triphala, an Ayurvedic blend of three fruits that is believed to help tone the gastrointestinal tract. Look for capsules of Triphala and follow package directions.