f I could counter-migrate I would, and by that I mean I would do the opposite of most birds and flock to where snow blanketed the ground all year round. I have been known to sit cross-legged in front of windows watching the snow fall on the other side of the pane for hours, and believe it or not I actually like the feel of frigid air because, to me, it’s associated with magical piles of crystalline flakes, skiing, hot cider and my favorite fleece socks.
That’s not to say winter doesn’t take a toll on me. It absolutely does, I just have a few tricks up my sleeve that help nourish my body through the harsher climate, darker season and sometimes stressful time of year.
Winter does have the ability to put a damper on your mood, make your joints ache, make your skin dry and impose a lasting fatigue that you just can’t shake. But, rather than letting these symptoms get the best of you and your enjoyment of this beautiful season, know that this is your body crying out for a little love.
When your dog cries you don’t ignore him; you scratch his belly, feed him dinner or take him out for a walk. It’s time to show the same attention to your body! A good place to start is with Omega 3’s – a fundamental must in my book this time of year. Event if you don’t differ or add to your normal routine in any other way, adding more Omega 3’s to your diet will help improve the well being of your entire body and mind!
Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats that cannot be synthesized in your body and thus must come from your diet in order to maintain health. The problem is that the structure of Omgega 3’s makes them very susceptible to damage and oxidation – meaning it’s hard to get enough good quality Omega 3’s from a standard diet if you’re not working at it. It is recommended that adults get about 2.5 grams of Omega 3 fatty acids per day, but in the wintertime I shoot for at least 3 for the following reasons:
- Omgega 3’s help prevent and reduce inflammation throughout the body.
- Omega 3’s help create and maintain fluid and flexible cell membranes which, in turn, helps promote fluid and flexible tissues and joints (goodbye stiff joints and dry skin!).
- The cellular health and flexibility that Omega 3’s encourage facilitates the cell’s ability tor eceive and transport nutrientsthroughout the body and engage in the energy production process.
Read more reasons why your body needs Omega 3’s here.