Make a com­mit­ment to re­new your health in the com­ing year with these pow­er­ful im­mune- boost­ing tech­niques, se­crets to lu­mi­nous skin, and cold- fight­ing su­per­foods

Better Nutrition - - NATURALBEA­UTY - by Michele Burk­lund, NMD

The begin­ning of a new year is truly a time to re­flect, as­sess, and re­fresh your life. Try­ing just a few of these tech­niques can get you on the path to re­newed well­ness for 2019.


Have you no­ticed that your skin can be­come es­pe­cially ir­ri­tated, dry, or even chapped dur­ing the cold- weather months? There are many vari­ables that can con­trib­ute to this is­sue, in­clud­ing bit­ing winds, cen­tral heat­ing, and the dras­tic dif­fer­ence be­tween out­door and in­door tem­per­a­tures. So, how do you get back your sum­mer glow in the mid­dle of win­ter?

It might seem coun­ter­in­tu­itive to ap­ply oil to your face in order to cleanse it, but this prac­tice can help re­bal­ance your skin. Many ove- the­counter face washes ac­tu­ally strip the oil out of your skin, which leaves skin overly dry and per­pet­u­ates an end­less cy­cle of the body try­ing to com­pen­sate and pro­duce more oil— leav­ing your skin ei­ther too dry or too oily. Oil cleans­ing is a great way to keep your skin look­ing ra­di­ant and bal­anced all win­ter long. Try olive oil, cas­tor oil, al­mond oil, rose hip seed oil, or jo­joba oil— ei­ther alone or in com­bi­na­tion.

Just add about a quar­ter- sized amount of oil to your hands and mas­sage it into your face for 1– 2 min­utes. This will help draw out any im­pu­ri­ties or makeup residue. Next, put a warm, moist towel over your face to gen­tly re­move any ex­cess oil while still keep­ing a light coat­ing on your skin.

Try: Aura Ca­cia Or­ganic Jo­joba Oil


Bal­ance your skin from the in­side out by adding more whole­some omega- 3 fatty acids to your diet. Eat wal­nuts, fatty fish such as cod and salmon, and flax and chia seeds for lu­mi­nous skin.

Try: Nordic Nat­u­rals Al­gae Omega



Bone broth has be­come in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar for one im­por­tant rea­son: it’s in­cred­i­bly nu­tri­tious. Bones are rich in min­er­als, vi­ta­mins, amino acids, omega- 3 and omega- 6 fatty acids, and ge­latin. This sim­ple- yet- pow­er­ful com­bi­na­tion has been shown to help with leaky gut, sup­port col­la­gen pro­duc­tion, im­prove joint health, and pro­vide es­sen­tial nu­tri­ents.

If boil­ing bones your­self seems like a tall task, there are many qual­ity ready­made bone broths avail­able at health food stores, as well as bone- broth- en­hanced sup­ple­ments that make it eas­ier than ever to get a healthy dose of this su­per- nu­tri­tious food into your diet.


Elder­berry is a pow­er­ful plant with po­tent virus­fight­ing prop­er­ties. A study pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Nu­tri­ents com­pared two groups of in­ter­na­tional trav­el­ers, those who took elder­berry ver­sus those who did not, over a two- week pe­riod be­fore and af­ter their flights. The study found that the trav­el­ers who used elder­berry had a lower oc­cur­rence of colds, as well as a de­crease in cold symp­toms and du­ra­tion. Mix some elder­berry syrup into your wa­ter and drink it through the day as a del­ish cold- fight­ing rem­edy.

Try: Gaia Herbs Black Elder­berry Syrup


Herbs such as car­damom and cin­na­mon might be ex­actly what you need to warm up on a cold win­ter’s day. These heal­ing spices heat the body by bring­ing the blood to the sur­face of skin, but that’s just one of their health­ful prop­er­ties.

Car­damom is a pep­pery spice na­tive to the forests of In­dia, used in Ayurvedic medicine to sup­port detox­i­fi­ca­tion, de­crease in­flam­ma­tion, and boost im­mu­nity. Mix it into hot cho­co­late, drink it in chai tea, or chew a pod in­stead of gum.

Cin­na­mon is a nour­ish­ing spice that comes from the in­ner bark of the tree. It’s known for its woody fra­grance and has po­tent heal­ing prop­er­ties. A study pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Agri­cul­tural and Food Chem­istry mea­sured the an­tiox­i­dant ca­pac­ity of 26 dif­fer­ent spices and found cin­na­mon to be the clear leader. This de­li­cious spice has been shown to help bal­ance blood sugar, de­crease in­flam­ma­tion, sup­port cog­ni­tive func­tion, and fight bac­te­rial and fun­gal in­fec­tions. Sprin­kle on your fa­vorite win­ter bev­er­age for an ex­tra kick.

Try: Numi Or­ganic Tea Turmeric Chai Golden Latte

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