My 5 Essential items for Winter Wellness
As the seasons change, so do my essential items that I rely on for ultimate health, wellness, and longevity. Here are some of my favorite items that keep me in tip top shape for Winter!
Elderberry by Honey Garden is my go-to when I’m trying to ward off any type of ailment. If I feel a tickle in my throat, it hurts to swallow, or if I’m sneezing more so than usual, I immediately take a few teaspoons of Elderberry. It helps clear out that classic uncomfortable feeling you get in your throat, the one that indicates you’re about to be ill. Also, I’m a big fan of this product because it seriously tastes yummy! As a child, I dreaded taking cough syrup or any type of liquid medicine because the flavor never tasted like what was on the bottle. For example, “Cherry” never tasted like cherry, let’s be real, it just wasn’t pleasant. I wish I knew about Elderberry as a child or my parents knew what it was, I would have happily taken it.
I recently started taking this product as a preventative measure to strengthen my immune system. Now that flu season is in full effect, you can’t be too careful! UltraVir-X by Biotics consists of a plethora of beneficial and wholesome herbs that boost your immunity including maitake mushrooms, bee propolis, zinc, wheat grass, black walnut, astragalus, vitamins A and C, copper, and red rooted sage. I have been taking it, albeit not as consistently as I probably should (oops), but I can attest to it’s ability to nip a potential illness in the bud.
3 Tulsi Masala Chai
I’m such a tea fanatic, especially during the wintertime. One of my favorite things in the world is to curl up with a hot cup of tea and truly savor each sip. Believe it or not, I’m actually sipping on some Chinese green tea as I write this! Furthermore, I definitely amp up the number of cups I enjoy in a day, to about four or five when it’s chilly outside. Typically, I primarily drink green tea but I like to dabble into the occasional herbal tea that has fruity and floral notes. Lately, however, I’ve been craving something with a little more bite to it. Tulsi’s Masala Chai is a delicious black tea that contains all of those traditional Indian spices I adore so much such as cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, etc. It’s the perfect blend of spicy and sweet. Don’t get me started on the delectable aroma! I recommend Masala Chai if you’re craving something sweet and flavorful to cleanse your palate after dinner.
4 Bone Broth
Chilly temps make me crave all those hearty warming foods such as soup, ramen, and broths. Bone broths are packed with nutrients like zinc, iron, calcium, and magnesium. Additionally, a recent study showed it may help those who suffer from osteoarthritis. (Marengo, 2018) And it may prevent joint pain from creeping up on you. I keep my bone broth pretty simple and use chicken or lamb bones and a handful of zesty spices for a full bodied delicious flavor.
5 Vitamin C Serum
Last but certainly not least on my list of winter must haves is Vitamin C serum. I started incorporating Vitamin C serum in my nightly beauty routine when I noticed my skin feeling dull, dry, and lifeless. Vitamin C hydrates, brightens, reduces redness, and evens out your skin tone. (Doyle, 2018) It also boosts collagen production which is why it’s no surprise that it’s marketed as being one of the best skin care items for anti-aging. I’ve noticed my skin feeling suppler and looking more glowy. My skin is happy therefore no complaints here!
Doyle, Annie Walton (2018) Healthline. Vitamin C Serum Benefits: 11 Reasons to Add this to Your Routine Retrieved from: https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/vitamin-c-serum-benefits
Marengo, Katherine (2018) Medical News Today. What are the benefits of Bone Broth? Retrieved from: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323903.php