Today’s post is sponsored by iHerb. All opinions are my own.
During the winter, we’re juggling travel and gift shopping and wacky school schedules and big holiday meals – it’s easy to leave one important thing on the back burner:
All those things we just mentioned are sources of stress, and when you top those off with chilly weather plus whatever cough or sniffles might be going around… yup, our bodies need a lot more support during the winter months.
Let’s talk about a few ways the whole family can use targeted nutrients to support wellness all winter long:
Foundational Vitamins and Minerals for the Whole Family
The first step is laying a healthy foundation for the entire family. Without your basic vitamins and minerals (like vitamin D, the B vitamin complex, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, etc.) your body can suffer from deficiencies.
These deficiencies can manifest as low energy levels, poor sleep, digestive issues, poor stress tolerance, blood sugar issues, hormonal imbalances, low moods, hair and skin issues, and more.
A good multivitamin and multimineral is that nutritional foundation we all need. But men, women, and children all have slightly different nutritional needs.
For women, this high potency Women’s Energy formula is optimized for a woman’s body with ingredients like:
- 20 vitamins and minerals for overall wellness
- Extra B vitamins for stress support and energy
- Calcium, boron, and vitamin K2 for healthy bones
- Vitamin C and biotin for healthy skin and hair
- Dried veggie blend to help you get extra nutrition
- Zinc for cellular health and immune support
- Just one tablet per day
For men, you’ll want the Men’s Max Potency formula, which supports men’s health with nutrients like:
- Hawthorn, coenzyme Q10, and resveratrol for heart support
- Extra zinc and saw palmetto extract to support healthy testosterone levels
- A special mushroom blend for energy and endurance
- Daily greens to provide amino acids
- All the daily vitamins and minerals a healthy body needs
- Just 3 tablets a day
For kids, the most important thing is to have a quality multivitamin they’ll actually want to take consistently. I’ve used these Alive! Gummies for years and my kids love them. They remember to ask for them every day! These gummies:
- Are delicious and chewable
- Contain all the vitamins and minerals kids need to stay healthy
- Also contain a special fruits and veggies blend to pack in even more nutrition for picky eaters
Targeted Immune Support
Our immune systems take the biggest hit in the winter. This herbal echinacea-goldenseal formula can be used every day to naturally support your immune system.
I also like to use it for intensive support when I know the kids were exposed to something icky at school or when I just get “that” feeling that something is going around. Then I’ll use 2ml four times a day for several days until things go back to normal (the kids get half of an adult dose). I actually don’t mind the taste at all – kind of an herbally, molasses flavor.
Both echinacea and goldenseal are known for their ability to stimulate the immune system and support the respiratory system.
Superior Digestive Support
Another system that takes a hit during the winter is your digestive system. One, all the stress you’re under can negatively impact your digestive health. And two, we all tend to eat more foods this time of year that tax the digestive system and feed the bad bacteria in our gut.
Remember that healthy gut flora not only supports digestion, but also your immune system, your hormones, and your mental health.
One way to nourish your digestive system is to feed it what it needs: probiotics.
I like this multi-strain probiotic powder from Nature’s Way, which contains a potent 3 billion CFU per serving of very specific beneficial flora strains that support your health.
This includes lactobacillus rhamnosus, which has been shown to calm anxious thoughts and promote a sense of wellbeing.
And also lactobacillus reuteri, which promotes healthy skin and hair, lowers stress levels, fights candida, and supports optimal digestive health.
Reuteri Superior Probiotic also contains prebiotics, which are basically food for probiotics. Which means you’re supporting the development of a healthy flora balance in your gut.
I love that it’s a powder that makes it easy to add to yogurt or applesauce for the kids (who aren’t fans of tablets or capsules). It’s almost flavorless, so it’s easy to mix into water or juice, too.
One of my favorite ways to supplement my diet with healthy fats is MCT oil. These medium-chain fatty acids are derived from coconut oil. These special fatty acids have several important benefits for the winter body.
Specifically, MCT oil has metabolic benefits: it raises your energy expenditure compared to other fats! That means it’s a little easier to burn off that pumpkin pie. 😉
MCT oil can also help you feel more satiated when you take it with a meal. Taking 1-3 teaspoons in a warm tea before a meal can help you feel full faster, and stay full longer. I personally like to put about 2 teaspoons in my coffee in the morning and early afternoon. It’s basically flavorless and it really helps me feel energized and full between meals.
The medium-chain fatty acids have also been shown to increase energy levels and improve athletic performance. So if you plan on hitting the gym more this winter, MCT oil is the perfect supplement to help you maximize your results.
Mineral Support for Healthy Bones
We all need bone support – especially women, who tend to lose more bone mass over time due to hormone fluctuations. During times of stress, our bodies use up the same nutrients that we need to build healthy bones!
So throw some nutrition at your bones with the Alive! Calcium supplement. It’s a super potent formula that contains several important ingredients for bone health:
- 1000mg of plant-based calcium per serving
- Vitamin D3
- Vitamin K2
- and Vitamin C
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Elizabeth is the founder of The Nourished Life and has been writing about natural living for 12 years. Her work has been featured at Shape, Bustle, and Mother Earth Living. Her mission is to help you lower your stress levels and find fun ways to become happier and healthier. Read more about Elizabeth here.