November – Health & Wellness Editorial
Winter Health – Spring Wealth
It’s that time of the year again! Summer has faded fall can barely be felt as winter begins to proclaim her presence again. Ah winter, you’ve been waiting patiently to begin your beautiful routine of cleansing through cold, providing white blankets of fluff to play in and as people are put into close proximity in the work and educational system, more often than not, a few bugs or aches & pains to prepare for. So what’s the secret for keeping good health throughout the winter without locking ourselves up in a self made prison for health security? Here are a few tips to help you get through the winter blues as healthy and happy as possible!
1. Eat Vitamin Rich Foods - Eat properly, especially fruits and vegetables. The vitamins and minerals found in many of the fruits and vegetables help your immune system fight the ‘bugs’ that are so common. It is already known that what and when you eat plays an important role in managing your mood and energy. If you can, avoid refined and processed foods (like white breads, rice, and sugar). These foods are not only devoid of the nutrients your body craves, but they zap your energy levels and can affect your mood—causing depression, lack of concentration, and mood swings. Try to incorporate more complex carbohydrates (whole wheat breads, brown rice, veggies, fruit) and get your daily 8 cups of water. These healthy foods provide your body (and mind) with nutrients, and stabilize your blood sugar and your energy levels. 
2. Continue to Move & Exercise - The body, like any machine works best when it is used regularly, has routine maintenance as well as having a quality energy source (food). Although the winter months tend to create a desire to become lethargic, it is even more important to stay mobile and limber during these months. We now understand that exercise has benefits beyond maintaining weight, and can also play a tremendous role for relieving the stresses of life. The actual effect of a rigorous workout can last for several hours after the practice ends. You’ll have more energy throughout the day, and your metabolism with stay elevated too. Exercise also helps your mind by releasing those "feel good chemicals" that improve your mood.
3. Take a Sun Break – During those gloomy, cold winter months take the time to share a few moments in the sun! If you are a winter sports enthusiasts, you might already comprehend the benefits you receive from being in the rays of light provided by our glorious sun! If you are new to winter adventures, make sure you have a sun block, because we burn just as quickly in the cold as in the hot temperatures. Too much sun is never recommended, so the key is to find the amount that is “just right” for the needs of your body.
4. Heating the Body up with Breath – You do not have to take a yoga class to practice proper breathing and once you do, you experience the benefits for the body! Oxygen is life and once you learn how to control your breathing, it becomes easier to use it for specific areas of life. In this case we want to find a breathing exercise that will help heat the body from the inside – out! These techniques have been used by Soviet Soldiers and Yogi’s alike! According to Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who taught the creators of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and others, Ujjayi Pranayama is a balancing and calming breath which increases oxygenation and builds internal body heat.  More information on breathing exercises that will help heat the body up continued here
5. Get Plenty of Rest & Relaxation – There is no better way to fight winter colds than through allowing the body to rest properly! Most people are busy! Whether through work, classes, family, friends, appointments, meetings—even if you enjoy being busy, everyone needs some time off. Don’t be afraid to say "No" and try to spend a few minutes each day doing nothing! Read a book or magazine, sleep in on the weekend, go to bed early, try some meditations, or take a yoga class. Relaxation, especially in the form of yoga, can alleviate stress and leave you with a calm energy. The time you take off for rest will benefit you in ways that cannot be measured in dollars and cents. 
This winter, as you prepare for cold temperatures, gray skies, and less enthusiasm than you normally have try to remember this is just part of the “ebb and flow” of our life cycle. Take an active role in creative the changes you want and building the life you want in the now and for the coming warmer months. Just a few adjustments in your daily life can make a huge impact in your overall winter health, leading into the spring wealth and vibrancy!
deZengo Moore is the Health & Wellness Editor, co-Founder of SACREDspace TN, a Humanity Healing Pilot Studio Project, a Yoga & Zumba Instructor and health advocate. Creator of the yoga2GO program, she brings the workout or meditation where you need it to be. Also a stage III breast cancer survivor, Ms. Moore knows the importance of creating change within the food industry and created a campaign series to support “Prevention NOT Treatment.” She believes the profit made from diseases that could be prevented through diet and lifestyle modification, must end.
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