TEN WINTER WELLNESS TIPS FOR YOUR HEALTH

Winters are here! It’s that time of the year when the chilly climate can make you feel under the weather, quite literally. The one question that often comes to our mind during this time is - How can I keep the blues away and attain better health during winter? Read on to find the answers to all your burning questions through some effective and simple tips.

During the winter months, our body develops its ways to acclimatize to the cooler temperatures. We prefer to eat warm foods which nourish our bodies. We may tend to sleep a little more which also relaxes our bodies and mind. The winter season is a good time to focus on enhancing one’s immune system.

We list 10 winter wellness tips that can enable you to enjoy the winter season to the fullest.

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1. Indulge in physical activity and maintain Vitamin D levels
 

It's very natural for us to avoid going out during winter. However, being so totally cut off from nature can make us fall sick. It would be a great idea to choose days when the sun is out and go for a jog or a long walk. Fresh air is always good for the body and sweating it out a little bit has never harmed anyone. A bit of sun will also help the body to maintain Vitamin D levels and ensure adequate levels of calcium and phosphorus which is vital for healthy bones. It would also be wise to plan a weekend getaway and pamper yourself with massages, yoga sessions, meditation, and physical activities such as biking or treks. You might want to try out our 3-day wellness program.

2. Consume winter fruits and vegetables
 

Winter is a time when you must consume green leafy vegetables, and fruits such as pomegranates, grapefruit, kiwis, oranges, pears, etc. It is also good to ensure that you detox your system and flush out toxins from your body to enhance your health. Have you noticed, when you consume the right kind of food, you suddenly feel much more refreshed on a certain day? However, It is not easy to do it consistently by oneself but enrolling in a curated detox program can be immensely beneficial. You might want to explore our YO1 Detox Program which also includes a nourishing vegan diet to feel refreshed and energized during the winter.

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3. Protect your skin from dryness and itching: 
 

Worried about bad skin days? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back! The winter air is cold and dry. It can absorb the moisture from your skin. The use of oil-based moisturizers and ensuring high water intake can help to maintain the moisture in the skin and prevent it from drying up. A massage is also a great way to enhance the condition of your skin. It can help to improve circulation, reduce toxins, and empower you with a healthy glow. At YO1, we offer many types of Ayurveda therapies like Abhyangam, Podikizhi, Udhwarthanam, Shirodhara and Naturopathy therapies. How about opting for a wellness package with us? Click here for details.

4. Prevent irregularities in the sleep cycle:
 

All we need after a tiring and stressful day is a good night’s sleep. Isn’t it? But during winter, irregular sleep is very common as we tend to be less active. The hormone responsible for our sleep cycle is melatonin. It is secreted in response to light. Hence, while sleeping, it is advisable to keep mobile, laptop, or TV screens at bay as they can impact the release of melatonin and the quality of sleep, resulting in you feeling less energetic and attentive the next day. If the irregularity with your sleep persists, you might want to try the Y01 Insomnia management package to enhance your winter wellness.

5. Keep Common Cold, Flu at bay:
 
The one health condition that we generally can’t avoid during winter is a runny nose. However, by following a good diet and improving our immunity, we can keep these illnesses at bay. Sore throat and nasal tract congestion are common during winter. You must have a good supply of home remedies such as olive leaf, garlic, turmeric, vitamin C-rich citrus fruits, and zinc. It may help you to resist the viruses that are more active in the winter months that lead to cold and flu.

6. Control and manage stress well:
 

Nature influences our well-being and the gloomy weather can also play on our minds in ways we can never imagine. In winter, when it is overcast and there is a lack of light, you may experience a very somber mood and can get stressed out unnecessarily. At YO1 Longevity & Health Resorts, you can enjoy the perfect winter retreat. You can escape stress for a few days and enjoy the peace and tranquility at the resort. Our guided Stress Management Program includes wellness counseling with Acupuncture and Ayurvedic therapies such as Abhyangam to help you feel at peace.

 

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7. Help the body to adapt:
 

Winter mornings are known to be dull, and they can zap your energy. It impacts the mind too and anything that can brighten you will help. One such thing is Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) or Siberian ginseng. It has been observed that it enhances physical endurance and the brain’s ability to respond to stimuli.

8. Consume foods rich in Omega-3: 
 
As temperatures drop to the sub-10 degrees Celsius levels, the skin becomes drier as it adjusts to the cooler surroundings. While we take care externally by wearing appropriate clothes, gloves, and caps, applying moisturizer and consuming foods rich in omega-3 also help immensely. Such foods include fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, avocado, preparations cooked in olive oil, etc.

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9. Meditation can do wonders:
 

The winters affect the mind as it does the body. You may want to inject positivity and keep your stress levels in check. One of the ways to achieve this is to meditate. At YO1, we offer a dedicated meditation center, to empower your mind and body in a calm and serene environment. Our experienced instructors will help you with guided mediative techniques like Mantra meditation, Breath awareness, Vipassana, and guided/ visual meditation, to completely rejuvenate yourself to overcome challenges that your mind may encounter in gloomy winters.

10. Consume Winter Superfoods: 
 

Some of the common root vegetables are known to be great winter superfoods. For instance, carrots that are rich in Vitamin A, beetroot and sweet potatoes that contain extensive fiber, etc. Besides these, a good dose of cranberries, broccoli, and pumpkin is also known to be good foods to consume during winter. It is recommended to consume foods that are grown locally during such times. Check out our carefully curated food menu at YO1 and let our experts tell you how it works wonders as per the season.

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As the above tips will help you to navigate the winter with good health, you can head to Yo1 Longevity and Health Resort to experience a guided and more curated Winter Wellness Escape. The luxurious but natural surroundings with nourishing food will certainly warm you up. You can book now  and choose from many health, spa, and therapy programs with mindful meditation and yoga techniques to rejuvenate yourself for the holiday season. Happy and healthy winter!

What is Ayurveda?

Practiced by the great sages of ancient India, Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of holistic medicine defined as Knowledge of Life (Ayu meaning life and Veda meaning knowledge). It describes the healthy and unhealthy state of life (mind and body) and describes the methods of balancing unhealthy conditions. Ayurveda focuses on the wellness of every person as a whole. Since the constitution differs from person to person, the wellness therapies also differ and are unique to every individual.

What is Naturopathy?

Human beings have remarkable recuperative powers that can heal the body on its own without external chemical or surgical interference, which simply suppresses symptoms but does not heal nor remove the root cause of the disease. Naturopathy seeks to heal the body by promoting its own internal processes. Naturopathy gives importance to internal hygienic conditions using healing therapies such as Dietetics, Hydrotherapy, Mud therapy, Reflexology, and Massage, among others.

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a lifestyle, to be incorporated. It includes practices like Kriyas, Asanas, Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra, Meditation etc.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a holistic energy healing technique where a certified healer directs universal energy to the person who seeks healing. This restores your emotional, physical and spiritual energy.

What is included in your all-inclusive package?

If you choose our all-inclusive package, you will get a well-appointed luxurious room, Ayurvedic therapies, Naturopathic therapies ( hydrotherapy, massage, mud therapy, reflexology, dietetics) yoga sessions, acupuncture, all meals, all amenities, and a personal wellness consultation.

What types of food do you have?

Our culinary program is based on a wholesome, balanced and portioned diet. All of the food served at YO1 is locally sourced, organic, and sustainable. The ingredients that are used are free of harmful chemicals, alkaline, and genetic modification to create meals that promote an optimum state of health.

Where are you located?

We are located in the tranquil Catskills Mountains in Monticello, New York. Resting on over 1,300 acres of pristine landscape, including the historic and impressive Kutsher property, YO1 is easily accessible and offers guests the fresh air and serenity needed to make the profound changes in their lives that they are seeking.

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