The weather has changed and it’s time to change your gameplan for the effects of this colder season on your lifestyle and bodies. Says Dr. Brent Agin, MONAT Scientific Advisory Board Member, “The body is a pretty amazing machine. It is constantly making adjustments to everything happening outside and inside itself. We need to pay attention to both our internal and external health because our body relies on some key health habits to run optimally.”
Eat Right to Fuel Your Body and Your Brain!
Make sure that you are getting the right amounts of nutrient-dense foods rich in vitamins and minerals to support the endocrine and nervous systems and keep your body running efficiently, Dr. Agin says. People need all of their macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrates) to balance their metabolism, build hormones, support muscles and bones, and fuel the brain!
Don’t Disrupt Your Sleep!
It’s vital to get between 6-8 hours of sleep a night. Poor sleeping habits are associated with weight gain, depression, anxiety, heart disease and other inflammatory conditions, Dr. Agin explains. A good sleep cycle is going to sleep between 10 pm and midnight and waking up between 6 am to 8 am. “This sleep cycle seems to be in line with our natural circadian rhythm, which is the 24-hour body clock that tells us when to sleep along with other necessary daily functions. When your sleep is off, it will eventually start to affect the rest of the circadian rhythm, which will result in unwanted ailments and disease,” Dr Agin adds.
Nutritional Supplements Serve As a Back-up Source
People in general do not get enough nutrients from foods alone. Dr. Agin says that the guideline is five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day but this occurs in less than five percent of American diets. “This nutritional lack, along with other factors, makes taking supplements an important part of keeping bodies healthy and immune system functioning efficiently. S3 by MONAT is one of those multi-purpose nutritional supplements that are great for strengthening and repairing our skin, hair and nails, but also has excellent ingredients for general health,” Dr. Agin adds. Taking vitamin D regularly will also help bolster your immune system especially in the months when you’re not in the sun.
Exercise Does a Lot More Than You Think!
Exercise does a lot more than keep weight balanced. “Like sleep, exercise has direct effects on hormones and neurotransmitters that can help prevent you from becoming ill,” Dr. Agin states.” There are plenty of easy exercise routines that can be done inside to keep an exercise routine going. Stop exercising in the cold months and one risks disrupting the body’s rhythm, increases the chances of getting hit hard in the cold season and ending up with weight gain and, to top it off, being in a grumpy mood!"
Colder weather can be incredibly enjoyable…as long as you nourish yourself properly, sleep enough and stay fit!