The 4 Best Beauty Supplements For Winter

A HUM Nutritionist curates the perfect winter supplement routine.

Let’s be real, winter isn’t the most flattering time of year. The weather is frigid, illness runs rampant and we may even be feeling a bit stressed and sluggish after the holiday rush.  More than ever it’s important to eat healthy, stay warm and get plenty of rest to maintain optimal health. To really up-level your winter health , consider incorporating in key supplements for the season. 

Winter Health And Beauty Concerns

Immunity is the biggest challenge in the winter season. While it’s a wonderful time for festivities, it’s also when the very unfestive flu makes its way around. (Darn that one person who just doesn’t cover their mouth when they sneeze!) And then there’s holiday travels. Nothing spreads a cold like cramped quarters and germy chairs, tray tables and armrests. Plus there’s a lot of stress preparing for the holidays that can compromise your immune system. 

As far as your skin goes, redness and dryness continues from fall all through the winter. It may be especially bad after the holidays. Remember, drinking dehydrates yours kin from the inside. Pair that with cold air parching you from the outside and you’ve got the perfect conditions for red, flaky skin. 

Then, all of the delicious rich food and sweet snacks adds up during the winter months. Especially as most of us are less active than usual. Rich foods can delay gastric emptying, causing bloating and indigestion that can be connected to breakouts. Instead, try to ease up on heavier foods and add something high fiber at most meals. This helps with digestion and to ease any constipation from rich, non-fibrous foods.

Finally, depression is at a high this time of year, with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affecting around 14 million American adults. This is due to the shorter daylight times and longer dark evening periods. Other reasons for depression in the winter can include loneliness, grief or financial/personal woes. All things we might encounter at this time of year. 

Winter Nutrition

It’s normal during the colder winter months to crave more carbohydrates. Here’s why. Levels of serotonin (the feel good hormone in our brain) deplete this time of year because of the lack of sunlight. Because carbohydrate rich foods increase our production of serotonin, your brain tells your body to compensate for the lack of sun with more starch. Sneaky!

To satisfy your winter cravings, avoid refined sugar and eat complex carbohydrates instead. These will satisfy your feel good cravings while providing more sustainable levels of energy. Need ideas? Think of seasonal foods. Good winter time sources of carbohydrates include pumpkins, squashes and sweet potatoes. Any of these are great roasted, or blended into soups and casseroles for added fiber and nutrients.

Then, eating plenty of probiotics can help protect your body from infection. Try to incorporate greek yogurt as a snack or healthy base in a vegetable dip. Not only is a good source of probiotics but it’s also low in sugar and has satiating protein. 

Lastly, eating foods that are rich in antioxidants such as Vitamin C and beta-carotene can also help with your immunity. You can also incorporated unprocessed grains, milk, eggs, chicken and fish which are all rich in zinc. Zinc is another great mineral that can help you fight off infections.

Supplements For Winter

Perhaps more than any other season, winter is an excellent time to protect yourself with the added boost supplements can give you. Here are the four types I recommend most to my clients in the winter:

Here Comes The Sun

Vitamin D is an essential supplement for winter, when there is less direct exposure to sunlight and much more time spent indoors. Not only does this nutrient contribute to bone strength and aid in the absorption of calcium – but it also helps promote a positive mood. Vitamin D is also linked to boosting the immune system.

Gut Instinct

Probiotics help keep our digestive tract healthy, which is especially key during a season where many of us are eating fattier foods and drinking more alcohol than normal. Probiotics help restore our gut flora for better digestion, more immunity protection and even safety from breakouts. 

Flatter Me

These broad spectrum digestive enzymes help break down your meals more efficiently and alleviate the feelings of fullness and bloating that can be associated with digestion. Bring them with you to any big holiday dinners or incorporate them regularly for optimal digestion in the new year. 

Big Chill

For any stress or depression, this is the supplement for you. It contains the herb rhodiola rosea, which improves your body’s response to stress so you can remain calm and focused. Think of it almost like a daily dose of meditation in a bottle. 

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