How to cope with the Winter Blues By The Luxury Channel
Top tips to stay healthy throughout the long, dark winter months from Nosh Detox.
Geeta Sidhu Robb is the impressive CEO and founder of Nosh Detox. She is pragmatic, practical and overflowing with really strong positive advice. She has a knack for identifying result-worthy and proven coping mechanisms and nutritional tips to keep people healthy and strong whatever the season. The Luxury Channel met up with Geeta to find out more…
1. When the seasons change, why do some of us feel so tired and sluggish, especially when it gets colder and darker outside?
Many years ago, in the natural environment the lack of man-made light and a decrease in the availability of food would have meant that our bodies would have slowed metabolically. Although we have adapted mentally to these changes we have not adapted physiologically. In the past, we would have spent a lot more time outside and therefore be exposed to the suns rays giving us that crucial exposure to UV, stimulating Vitamin D production. Vitamin D is key to immune health and can help improve mood. People are not only deficient in Vitamin D stores but rarely eat seasonal food products. Eating seasonally ripe foods is also key to obtaining the optimum nutritional content required for energy production and immune support.
2. What are the typical symptoms of those who find it difficult to adjust to change in the seasons?
Typical symptoms include variations and lows in mood, lowered immunity and as a result colds, flus and infections and a drop in energy levels throughout the day and night.
3. What are your top tips for adjusting to new outdoor temperatures and lack of sunlight?
- The single most important thing to do is take 1000-3000 iu of Vitamin D a day from now until February.
- Make sure you expose bare skin (no make-up) for no less than 15 minutes per day to sunlight but preferably 40-60 minutes per day.
- Eat seasonal fruit and vegetables.
- Get plenty of exercise in order to boost your endorphins (exercise will also support your immune system).
- Consider taking a Vitamin D3 supplement to combat depression and SAD.
- Avoid sugar and starch cravings. Too much glucose will inhibit your Vitamin B uptake and lower immunity and ultimately morale!
- Introduce a good quality Vitamin B complex either at the end of December or mid-January to support energy production and immune support.
4. What ingredients, supplements or natural therapies boost energy levels?
Increase your vegetable intake and keep it as raw as possible. Garlic and ginger are both naturally anti-viral and anti-bacterial (and again it is best to eat these raw) Rosemary, Oregano, Sage and Thyme could also be introduced to the diet for their anti-viral and anti-bacterial qualities.
It is also worth including the following supplements – a good quality multi-vitamin (that contains substantial zinc and B vitamins), Vitamin D3 as previously mentioned and herbal immune supports such as Echinacea and Mile Thistle.
5. Seasonal change can affect mind, body, soul and spirit. How can each be addressed to ward off winter blues?
Exercise! Keeping active stimulates the body and the lymphatic drainage system – as well as encouraging the release of endorphins.
6. As 2012 fast approaches, most of us feel inclined to make new years resolutions. How can we work to achieve and also maintain personal goals?
I see so many successful, purpose driven women and men, struggling to find time and space to live at their full potential in their health, their homes and ultimately their work. I noticed that when they got tired, stressed, or anxious, or went through a phase of working too hard, it was really hard for them to sustain a healthy body and mind. So I created the ‘Intensive 90 Day Masterclass Mentoring Program’ in which clients undergo a:
- Symptom Profiling Process (identifying issues, areas of resistance, or unhealthy patterns)
- Body check (to understand where your body needs support and help you achieve optimum health)
- Stress check (identifying high points of stress)
- Love check (with a focus on how you feel about yourself)
- Cheque check (assessing your working environment and its impact)
- Halo check (to identify your objectives and life purpose)
- Support and Systems Check (who is there to support you?)
The results have been amazing so far with people learning about new strategies and coping mechanisms. However, applicants have to prove their commitment to the program. They need to really mean those New Year’s Resolutions and then I will help them both achieve and maintain their goals.