A few weeks ago, I was invited to conduct a Wellness Seminar for my colleagues here at Weleda. It was so well-received that I would like to share some of my top tips with you as well. After all, cold and flu season is upon us!
Adequate sleep is important, and this means different things to different people. However, many of us (maybe as many as 70 million Americans) are sleep deprived. Lack of sleep is stressful for the body, and stress hampers the immune system. For most people, seven to eight hours a night is optimal, but with light and sound pollution a problem in many urban areas, difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep is a widespread problem.
It is probably a good idea to turn off electronic devices right before bedtime, especially for those who have difficulty falling asleep. A soothing cup of chamomile tea can be helpful, and for those needing a little extra help, Weleda’s homeopathic Sedative Pilules might be indicated. They contain oats, valerian and hops and can be useful for sleeplessness, nervousness and agitation.*
If waking up during the middle of the night is an issue for you, your liver might need some support – this organ is most active during the night building the body’s own glycogen and proteins. Weleda’s Hepatodoron works to supports healthy liver function.**
Staying well-hydrated is also on the top of my list, and it means drinking about eight glasses of water (with maybe some antioxidant-rich green tea in the mix) per day. Not only will this help to keep skin supple, it also supports the kidneys in their effort to flush out toxins.
Plenty has been said about exercise, but finding something you like to do really helps. A brisk walk in fresh air will get blood and lymph flowing, or maybe try yoga. For anyone just starting to exercise, setting attainable goals is important. Working out within three hours of bedtime is probably not advisable for anyone who has difficulty falling asleep.
I am a great fan of dry brushing. It removes dead skin cells, helps the skin eliminate toxins and it promotes circulation. Dry brushing can be done with a loofah or any brush with natural bristles. Start at the legs and work up, then the arms, always brushing towards the heart. It only takes a few minutes, but in my view, it really pays big dividends. On top of it, by helping open the pores, dry brushing allows for deeper penetration of our Birch Cellulite Oil.
During the winter, I like to take a daily probiotic, because as a pharmacist, I tend to come into contact with quite a few sick people. The idea is to have the gut colonized with helpful organisms, as the digestive tract is the first line of defense for the immune system.
I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season!
*This statement has not been evaluated by FDA. It is supported by traditional homeopathic principles
** This statement has not been evaluated by FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.