Do you feel down, blue or downright depressed in the winter? Feelings of fatigue, craving comfort foods or malaise are not your imagination. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects billions of people around the globe. Those who live in climates where there is not a lot of sun for several months out of the year are particularly affected. Although your friends and family may playfully refer to your despondent mood as a “case of the winter blues,” for you it doesn’t feel light-hearted at all. In fact, SAD is a serious condition that can lead to disruption in your daily life
It seems that as the days get shorter, the To-Do lists get longer. As the holiday season approaches, it seems there is never enough time to get everything done.
Increased workload, travel or trying to find that perfect gift can contribute to rising levels of stress. As a result, maybe you aren’t getting sufficient sleep, which can lead to even higher levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Both stress and insomnia can lead to a suppressed immune system, which can in turn lead to increased susceptibility to any colds and flu being passed around the office or brought home by your kids.
There are simple and effective ways to keep your immune system functioning at its best, however. Getting exercise, making sure you are getting seven to nine hours of sleep, and staying connected with family and friends are all scientifically proven to support immune health. Even laughter has been shown to decrease stress hormones and increase immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, improving your resistance to disease.
In addition, there are nutrients and vitamins that can help.
Research on traditional mushrooms such as reishi, Lion’s Mane and cordyceps has shown that they positively regulate the highly complex system of cells whose job it is to detect and eliminate invading pathogens like bacteria and viruses. AOR’s Mushroom Synergy contains a powerhouse combination of mushrooms that promote healthy immune function through multiple mechanisms and also has Astralagus and Holy Basil, herbs which are complementary in handling immune suppression and stress.
We’re learning more all the time about the relationship of our biome to the immune system. While adults are more aware, we recognize that getting children to make healthy choices can be difficult. That’s why we developed LavaRox™, an innovative (and fun!) delivery form of a clinically tested probiotic that promotes the growth of healthy bacteria and prevents the growth of harmful bacteria, making adults or children who take it less prone to ear, nose and throat infections and bad breath. These granules are full of the fizzy fun that you’ll remember from your childhood, but without the sugar or artificial sweeteners.
P.E.A.k Endocannabinoid Support
Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) is a long-chain fatty acid naturally produced by the body but also found in foods such as egg yolk, soy and sunflower oils. This molecule, plays a crucial role in the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is a highly versatile system that exists throughout the body which communicates with the immune system and prepares it for quick action. It is critical for repair, recovery and protection within the body. Add P.E.A.k Endocannabinoid Support to your routine for powerful immune support.
As we slide into winter, most of us are experiencing fewer hours of direct sunlight, so we may not be getting enough of the “sunshine vitamin”. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient, known for its role in aiding with calcium absorption and promoting bone formation, but also in balancing immune function and supporting mood. AOR’s Vitamin D3 5000 IU is also vegan to provide a great supplement option for a variety of dietary restrictions.
The holidays can be an exciting time and sometimes a stressful one. If you are not getting enough sleep, exercise or sun, there are some scientifically proven supplements that can help you and give your immune system the little boost it needs.