Did you know? The noon-day sun is the number one source of our Vitamin D. But in the dead of winter it’s too cold to go outside, the sun is too low in the sky, and inversions block out the sun’s rays. Why does Vitamin D matter, and how do we get some during the winter season?
Why do we need Vitamin D? It really does matter fi our bodies have inadequate levels of Vitamin D. Having sufficient levels has been shown to help prevent a long list of health issues: osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, strokes, high blood pressure and diabetes. It may also slow the aging process!
How do we get it in winter? Unless you live in sunny Gold Coast, the only way to get sufficient Vitamin D in winter is through storing it up from the summer or taking it through our diets and supplements. Unfortunately, there aren’t many Vitamin D food sources out there, as our bodies were designed to get the Vitamin D we need from the sun.
So what can we do? Good food sources of Vitamin D include fatty fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel), mushrooms, eggs and Vitamin D fortified foods such as milk (cow, soy, almost, coconut). As Vitamin D can be stored, just 2.5 servings of salmon each week would get us all the Vitamin D we need.
What if you don’t like fish? Instead of eating fish, you could drink 3 cups of Vitamin D fortified milk each day. If that is too much to drink, the easier and more convenient option is to try consuming emu oil or emu oil capsules daily. Emu Oil is rich in omega fatty acids with an impressive amount of fat soluble Vitamin D, Vitamin E, natural antioxidants and vitamin K2. Filled with nutrients and healthy fats, it is regenerative in nature and possesses anti-inflammatory properties.
The cold winter months are never ideal for your skin; dry, itchy, flaky, cracked, chapped – you name it, your skin has probably been through it at some point.
When the temperature drops and cold winds, central heating and low humidity dry your skin out, you leave it vulnerable to itchiness and flaky. You can also exacerbate conditions like eczema and dermatitis!
Here are 5 of our top tips to take care of cracked and chapped skin in winter!
1. Stay Hydrated Eat plenty of essential fatty acids, particularly Omega-3 (found in avocado, oily fish and emu oil) and Omega-6 (found in nuts, wholegrains, flaxseed oil and also in emu oil). This can keep your skin hydrated and clarified from inside out. They also have anti-inflammatory effects and can relieve eczema symptoms. A deficiency in Omega 3 or 6 may result in dry, inflamed skin, whiteheads and blackheads.
Tip: avoid dehydration by drinking 8-10 glasses of water daily and minimising caffeine and alcohol.
2. Check Your Skincare Routine Avoid anything that contains highly active ingredients, especially if your skin is itchy or stinging. Use a gentle cleanser that won’t strip the skin, followed by a moisturiser to reinforce its protective barrier. Try: Emu Spirit Day Crème Refresh and Renew
Exfoliate weekly to avoid build-up of dead skin cells, then follow with a hydrating face mask to help sooth any stinging or itchiness.
3. Extend Your Skincare Because you will be wearing heavy clothing during winter, it’s only natural that you might forget to nurture the skin from the neck down – but remember it can suffer just as much. Invest in a good quality body cleanser, exfoliate weekly and moisturise your whole body after every shower. Try: Emu Spirit Advanced Body Crème Formula
Swap your daily body lotion for oil, which is known to have better affinity with the skin as it is close in structure to our naturally occurring sebum.
Tip: break open your Emu Spirit Omega 369 Capsules and apply the 100% pure emu oil directly onto your skin after you shower.
4. Steam Your Skin Use a humidifier to replace the moisture lost from the air. If you’re in a warmer area, try placing a bowl of water in the corner of each room.
5. Consider Emu Oil Did you know? Emu oil is considered a unique superfood. It’s rich in omega fatty acids with an impressive amount of natural antioxidants, fat soluble vitamins D and E, and vitamin K2. Filled with nutrients and healthy fats, it’s incredibly nourishing for your skin. Naturally rich in collagen, it is regenerative in nature and possesses anti-inflammatory and bacteriostatic properties. Using emu oil topically on your skin has been known to cure skin irritations and wounds, and can also be applied as an everyday moisturiser! Our Emu Spirit beauty range includes a day crème to refresh and renew your skin, night crème to hydrate, repair and restore your skin and a hand and body crème to revive and nourish your skin. Try: Emu Spirit Natural Beauty Kit
Some people know winter is well and truly here when their arthritis starts acting up. Many people with arthritis swear by the pain in their joints as a predictor of cold and rainy weather. Sure, you can manage the pain with regular exercise, diet and over-the-counter pain relief, but when the winter weather sets in, you’ll probably face an extra joint-pain challenge. While studies are sparse and sometimes contradictory, there may even be some truth to the old wives’ tail that aching joints indicate a change in weather!
However, whether the point pain x weather connection is scientifically true or not, you can still use these 10 arthritis pain-relief tips when your aching joints act up in winter.
1. Dress Warmly Keep aching hands warm with gloves, and add extra layers over knees and legs. Add leggings or tights under dresses and skirts, or wear thermals underneath your regular clothes.
2. Hydrate Staying hydrated can help you stay active. Even mild dehydration might make you more sensitive to pain, according to results published in the September 2017 issue of Experimental Physiology.
3. Lose Weight Some arthritis sufferers have found that as their physical activity levels went up, and their weight went down on the scales, their arthritis improved, even in cold weather. In fact, the 2013 article in Journal of the American Medical Association highlighted the significant improvement people with knee arthritis can get from weight loss, diet and exercise. Some people have found that taking emu oil daily (approximately 1 teaspoon a day) can help with weight loss due to its high content of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
4. Exercise Inside While we all want to avoid winter chill, people with joint pain should still stay active. The less sedentary you are, the better your physical function, according to a study of knee arthritis in Arthritis Care & Research in March 2015. An indoor exercise plan such as a treadmill or elliptical trainer at home, or walking around your local shopping centre are great ways to keep active whilst being safe from the cold elements outside.
5. Warm Water Let warm water comfort you this winter. Swimming in a heated pool is both great exercise and soothing to joints – win win! You can also get relief from warm baths. Tip: don’t just go right out into the cold after your bath, let your body temperate normalise first.
6. Supplement Vitamin D Low levels of Vitamin D might play a role in how sensitive you are to arthritis pain, according to research in the 2015 issue of Pain Management. Being Vitamin D deficient raises the risk for osteoporosis. Particularly in winter months, you’re less likely to get enough Vitamin D from its natural source – sunlight – so talk to your doctor about supplements or Vitamin D fortified foods.
7. Stay Safe The weather can turn wet, icy and cold outside in winter, and arthritis sufferers need to product their joints from further damage. If you’re going outside, wear supportive shoes with a good grip and try to walk on a surface that doesn’t look slippery.
8. Try Acupuncture If you are willing to consider non-traditional treatments, you might find acupuncture relaxing and helpful. Acupuncture patients seem to derive some benefit with regard to pain, and they might find the processing relaxing and generally healthier, according to research in the 2015 issue of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
9. Take Omega 3 Omega-3 fatty acids do have some benefit to treating arthritic symptoms, because they seem to reduce the level of inflammation. The Arthritis Foundation recommends up to 2.6 grams of fish oil capsules twice a day. Another great alternative is emu oil, which contains a variety of fatty acids including oleic (Omega-9), linolenic (Omega-3) and linoleic (Omega-6) oils. Emu Oil can be used as an omega 369 fatty acid supplement.
Emu oil’s anti-inflammatory properties can extend to easing arthritis pain and inflammation. Researchers in Australia found that topical emu oil applications reduced arthritis in rates.
10. Get a Massage Indulge yourself this winter and get a massage! A lot of what’s happening in terms of pain is that some is emanating from the join and some from the muscles around the joint. Getting an hour-long massage once a week or at least eight weeks has shown to reduce pain, according to the 2015 research in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. That’s as good an excuse as any to book yourself in for a treat(ment)!
Try our Emu Spirit Arthritic & Muscular Rub for massages – it utilizes the superior unique penetrative and anti-inflammatory properties of Emu Spirit Oil of Emu and a blend of natural plant oils to provide great relief from the pain and stiffness of arthritis, muscle tension and sport injuries. Better yet, it contains 59% Oil of Emu, making it one of the highest concentration in the market and ensuring the product is extremely effective.
Tip: for your at-home massages, use the Emu Spirit Arthritic & Muscular Rub / Emu Spirit Oil of Emu or bring it along to your appointment and request your masseuse to use the Rub or Oil.
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