Depending on where you live, there’s not been a lot of sun and dry weather. I don’t know about you but I have to get a big ingenious to deal with the dark, wet days. Sometimes looking at old vacation pictures help and even better if you are heading off to a vacation spot guaranteed to provide lots of sunshine and vitamin D! But maybe neither of these are options for you. So I'm here to help you get ingenious on how to keep your mood boosted and body healthy.
Here’s a couple of tried and true health concoctions and vitamins, I’ve added to my repertoire:
1. The first thing is a hyped up version of the traditional morning warm water and lemon drink. To make it a real zinger, I’ve been adding some freshly grated ginger and turmeric (powdered also works), with a wee sprinkle of pepper and a wee dab of honey. The colors are amazing and the addition of ginger, turmeric and fresh pepper work together synergistically to really give your system a boost. Turmeric and ginger are both wonderful anti-inflammatory agents and ginger is also great for helping with digestion and immune protection. Ginger even protects you at a cellular level. The black pepper – just a sprinkle – is needed to enhance the turmeric function in your body. The honey is mostly for my husband’s benefit because he finds it hard to drink otherwise! A wee little dab just makes it more palatable :)
2. My second ‘drug’ of choice is holy basil (also called tulsi). I first heard about its benefits from a master herbalist named David Crow, who recommends this as an essential herb for protecting our immune, respiratory and digestive system, all in one because of its strong antioxidant qualities. I thought perhaps it was holy because it was pesto on steroids or something! But no, all jokes aside, holy basil is one of the most sacred plants in India and has been used for centuries because of its ability to boost vitality and maintain health.
It is what is called an adaptogenic herb which is very helpful for improving our adrenal system, the glands responsible for the body’s hormonal reaction to stress. When I drink holy basil in tea form, it has a soothing calming effect and is said to help relieve anxiety and stress. And I gotta say, who doesn’t feel stressed from time to time. I’ll take all the help I can get!
3. Spirulina is a blue-green micro algae, touted as one of the mostly nutritionally complete foods available to us. I’ve been drinking this in the morning with or after my breakfast in a bit of water, juice or kombucha. I don’t know about you but it sometimes gets a bit challenging to find fresh, affordable local greens at this time of year. I like taking spirulina (in powder form or pill form) as an added source of chlorophyll, as well as a wonderful source of protein and vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, and minerals: potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron and magnesium. Suffice it to say, it brings many benefits with it like boosting energy, detoxing heavy metals, lowering blood pressure, weight loss, and detoxification. I must warn you though it takes like kaka so make sure if you are drinking it, you down it quickly!!
4. Laugh more and watch funny shows. Find something that amuses you. Right now, the 4th season of Grace and Frankie makes me laugh! Also, Life in Pieces and Schitt's Creek. Humor is very personal so don't take my word on what is going to keep your spirits up - find something unique to your sense of ha-ha and go for it! (Perhaps even consider not watching the news or watching it only a few times a week!)