By: Bret Gornik

We just had our first snow in Chicago, which means winter is right around the corner.  This is the time of year you really need to ramp up your nutrition and supplements.  While spending more time inside and less time being active, it is, of course, crucial to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. To really keep your mind and body sharp, these supplements and herbs are going to kick it up a notch. 

1. Multivitamin

Reason:

The body needs nutrients to perform at a high level.  A multivitamin corrects nutrient deficiencies within the body providing energy and boosting immunity.

Product Recommendation:

Garden of Life Multivitamin - Take this once a day in the morning to start your day off right.

2. Activated Charcoal

Reason:

Detoxification is just as important as nutrition.  Activated charcoal draws out heavy metals and other toxic materials in the body, which primes the body to utilize all the great foods and supplements you consume the rest of the day.  

Product Recommendation:

Coconut Charcoal House Activated Charcoal - Start by taking this first thing in the morning with a large glass of spring water.  Make sure to take separate from other supplements, as it can bind to the positive nutrients within them and draw them out of your body.  

3. Medicinal Mushrooms (Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps)

Reason: 

These mushrooms are the building blocks of a healthy immune system.  It is nearly impossible for negative bacteria and viruses to penetrate your body when you are taking these mushrooms regularly.

Product Recommendation:`

Four Sigmatic Drink Blends - These instant packets include straight blends, coffees, hot chocolates, and superfood blends that come from wild crafted and organic mushrooms. Depending on the time of day or your goals, use cordyceps for energy, chaga for immune boost, and reishi for a clear state of mind.

4. Vitamin B - Complex

Reason: 

The harsh wind and weather conditions can be tough on your skin.  A Vitamin B Complex strengthens, replenishes, and rebuilds the skin at the cell level to keep your skin feeling fresh.

Product Recommendation:

Garden of Life RAW Vitamin B Complex  - Open capsule and add to smoothie or water.  Take this water-soluble complex two times a day before and after your workday.

5. Spices (Turmeric, Ginger, & Garlic)

Reason:

These three kings of the spice world decrease inflammation and flush out your body.  Inflammation and stagnate mucus cause head colds, runny noses, and coughs.  These spices get rid of all that to help you breathe normal and feel refreshed.

Product Recommendation:

Longevity Warehouse Products - The key is to cook with these as much as you can.  Add turmeric to eggs, smoothies, quinoa bowls, chicken, and soups.  Ginger is excellent in green juices and desserts. Garlic is one of the top five longevity foods off all time, so add it to breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  If you have a sore throat, eat a raw clove.

6. Vitamin D

Reason:

We obtain natural Vitamin D from sunlight.  Due to staying warm inside, we do not get our needed daily value.  Vitamin D supports healthy energy and mood levels, as well as a healthy immune response.

Product Recommendation:

Vitamin D Crème - The best way to absorb Vitamin D3 is through the skin, so this formula penetrates the cells quickly and more effectively.  Use this morning and night as a moisturizing crème after cleaning.

7. Spirulina

Reason: 

This is the best green food of all time.  This product detoxifies and nourishes the body at the same time.  Spirulina helps build the body with protein, vitamins, chlorophyll, and other trace minerals.

Product Recommendation:

Go Raw Sweet Spirulina Bar - This is the tastiest way to get spirulina.  Have one of these bars as a snack or use as a topping for a smoothie bowl.

8. Probiotic

Reason: 

Our immune system lives in our gut.  Having a healthy gut gives you a healthy body.  Probiotics help replenish the gut walls, providing your immune system the support it needs to run smoothly.

Product Recommendation:

Kombucha - This is one of my favorite tasting drinks and is an excellent delivery system for the probiotics within the drink.  You can drink one of these two times per week.

9. Elderberry

Reason:

The bioactive compounds in Elderberry inhibit replication of the flu virus and activate the immune system.  

Product Recommendation:

Living Intentions Superfood Cereal  - Enjoy this cereal for breakfast with nut milk.  It tastes great and is packed with superfoods.

10. Vitamin C

Reason: 

We all know Vitamin C is good for the immune system.  This really helps fight against the common cold, which can help prevent other sicknesses.

Product Recommendation:

Camu Camu - This is the highest Vitamin C content superfood.  Adding this tangy superfood to a smoothie or juice gives it a great kick.

Spending time inside with our family and friends is amazing during the winter and holiday season.  Being sick is not.  You have the choice to stack the odds in your favor by nourishing your body with these impactful supplements and herbs.  Enjoy this winter.  Make it the best one yet.

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