7 WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR LIFE
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
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.
1 WINTERIZE YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
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
EAT MORE OMEGA- 3S:
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
TRY OIL CLEANSING:
2 GRAB A BOWL OF BONE BROTH
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.
3 EMBRACE ELDERBERRY
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
4 NOURISH & HEAL WITH WINTER HERBS
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