Winter is almost over but for some of us, it’s felt like it never happened. I felt this would be a good share since we could get hammered with some nasty weather to make up for a very mild winter so far!
The kind folks at Young Living Education has shared some great information that I am sharing with you today! I am thankful to not have such great products available to my family, who has yet to miss school or have to reschedule client calls and business due to illness. It’s been a wonderful winter for us over here. I’ve taken the class and turned it into a blog so you get all your info in one place. I will share this one now, the Essential Oils part at 1:00 and the DIYs at 3:00 pm (all EST).
As always, I am NOT a doctor and I believe that you should talk with your dietician, nutritionist, physician, or other health care provider before adding any supplements to your wellness routine to ensure they don’t interact with anything you’re already taking, as even natural supplements can interact with medications.
Welcome to our Winter Wellness Facebook Class.
The winter months are filled with family gatherings and time spent with loved ones, but with these events also come more sickness and colds. Research suggests that common viruses replicate and live more efficiently in cold temperatures and lower humidity levels. People are also spending more time indoors in enclosed spaces which can increase risk of infection or illness. While we can’t completely avoid winter or illness, the good news is there are small things we can do to strengthen our immune systems and support overall wellness.
In this class, we will cover practical ways to stay healthy this winter with nutrition tips, supplements, and DIYs (see the next post that will be live after 3:00 today)!
This class was designed to empower each of you with the knowledge to live a more natural and empowered lifestyle and share it with others!
Practical Tips to Staying Healthy
Check out these 5 practical tips to staying healthy this Winter Season!
Staying healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. These simple, practical tips can keep you feeling your best during the winter season.
Wash your hands
According to the Global Handwashing Organization, “Handwashing reduces the rate of respiratory infections by removing respiratory pathogens from hands and preventing them from entering the body or passing on to other people.” Respiratory infections are one of the leading causes of death in children under age 5, yet most of these deaths can be prevented by adequate hand washing. Evidence suggests that washing hands with soap after using the restroom can cut respiratory infections by up to 25%. Proper hand washing not only protects against respiratory infection, but can also protect against cold and flu by removing common viruses that are spread from coughs and sneezes. (1,2)
Young Living has multiple products to help keep your hands clean. Thieves Foaming hand soap is a plant-based formula that leaves your skin feeling clean, but not over-dried. Infused with essential oils like Lemon and Cinnamon Bark, this soap is gentle and is not filled with harsh chemicals like Triclosan. Thieves Hand Sanitizer is perfect when you are on the go and kills 99.9% of germs using a powerful plant-based formula and no harsh chemicals!
When your body is running off little sleep, it makes fewer proteins that help fight infection and inflammation, these proteins are known as cytokines. Cytokines are made and released during sleep. This is why sleep is so important when you are feeling under the weather and trying to stay healthy. Sleep is a restorative act our bodies need to stay healthy and optimally functioning. (3)
Diffusing essential oils is a great way create an environment conducive to sleep and relaxation. Lavender, Peace and Calming, and Cedarwood all have relaxing aromas you can diffuse or apply to calm your mind and body before bedtime.
When we’re stressed, the immune system’s ability to fight off bacteria and viruses is reduced because stress hormones lower the number of white blood cells, which fight off foreign bodies. You may notice that everyone seems to get sick around finals week, this is because stress has a huge impact on your immune system! Make sure to take time for self-care and relaxation so you can fill your cup and stay healthy. Essential oils like Stress Away, Copaiba, Joy, and Northern Lights Black Spruce have aromas that can help you relax and unwind during stressful and hectic times.
Cut the sugar! Increased sugar suppresses your immune system. When you eat high amounts of sugar, your immune system’s ability to respond to challenges decreases and the effects last for several hours. So, if you eat sweets several times a day, your immune system may be continually disadvantaged. Focus on eating whole foods that are full of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, E, and B to help your body protect itself!
Optimal nutrition should ideally come from your diet, but sometimes we need to fill nutritional gaps or give our bodies extra support on top of the nutrients from our diet. Supplementing with extra Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc can give you the extra boost you may need! Try Supplements like Super C, Master Formula, and Immupro. We will talk more about these products and many others in the following posts.
Share in the comments: What are your favorite practical tips to stay healthy?
Aiello, AE, Coulborn RM, Perez V, Larson EL. Effect of Hand Hygiene on Infectious Disease Risk in the Community Setting: A Meta-Analysis. Am J Pub Health, 2008; 98(8): 1372-81.
Vitamins and Supplements For the Immune System
Your immune system is your body’s natural defense against harmful viruses, bacteria, and foreign substances. There are many things that you can do to protect your body, especially when susceptibility to illness can increase during the winter. Here are a few vitamins and supplements that will help strengthen your immune system!
Vitamin D is an essential fat-soluble vitamin that the body can absorb from sunlight or from select foods. What role does Vitamin D play during the winter season? Vitamin D is involved in many cellular processes in your body including immune activity. During the wintertime, most people get less exposure to sunlight which can cause the body’s natural defenses to weaken. Do your best to make sure your family avoids Vitamin D deficiency this winter! Add Vitamin D-rich foods to your diet like salmon or trout. Not a fan of fish? Start taking Young Living’s Omegagize supplement daily. One serving provides 120% of the recommended daily value!
Echinacea is a popular herb known to be a remedy for the common cold and other health issues. This flowering plant is packed with antioxidants, protecting cells against oxidative stress. Echinacea has also been studies for its anti-inflammatory properties. The benefits can be enjoyed in the form of supplement capsules or tea.
Elderberry has been used historically for health benefits and culinary purposes. The Elder tree is a flowering shrub that produces white elderflowers and blue or black elderberries. These berries contain several antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that have made the berries an ideal choice for immune support. Several studies have even found that elderberries help reduce cold-like symptoms. To enjoy the benefits, make sure to try incorporating elderberry syrup as raw elderberries can cause negative effects including nausea and abdominal cramps.
One of the most important immune-supporting minerals is Zinc. The body requires Zinc to ensure proper development of immune cells and to maintain many other physiological functions. Feel a cold coming on? Some studies suggest that supplementation of Zinc within 24 hours can shorten the length of your cold. Enjoy Zinc-rich foods like meat, shellfish, legumes, and seeds to make sure your body is getting enough of this mineral. Young Living’s Immupro provides 45% of the recommended daily value.
Vitamin C is one of the most well-known vitamin supplements. This powerful antioxidant cannot be produced by the body which means you must get it from your diet or additional supplementation. While Vitamin C has not been shown to reduce the risk of getting a cold, it can reduce the duration and severity of colds. Young Living’s Super C™ chewable tablets contain 250 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C per serving! Super C also combines pure Orange essential oil with a proprietary blend of camu camu, acerola, cherry, and rose hip fruit powder to create a powerful, immune-supporting supplement. Together, these premium ingredients deliver desirable polyphenols, carotenoids, and optimal amounts of vitamin C in a convenient chewable tablet.
Did you know that 70-80% of your immune system is housed in your gut? Healthy gut microflora can make a huge difference as you are trying to decrease your body’s vulnerability to viruses. Probiotics are microorganisms that maintain and restore beneficial bacteria to your digestive tract. You will learn more about Young Living’s high-quality probiotic supplements in a later post!
Magnesium is a mineral that is involved in hundreds of processes and functions in your body. It’s relation to inflammation and the body’s immune response alone emphasize the importance of eating Magnesium-rich foods. Some great sources are pumpkin seeds, spinach, dark chocolate, swiss chard, and black beans.
Eating a diet rich in the vitamins and minerals mentioned above is the best way to support your immune system all year long and the key to staying healthy; however, sometimes we need to fill in nutritional gaps or give our bodies extra support on top of the nutrients from our diet. The next few posts will cover some of the best Young Living supplements to keep you feeling healthy!
Tell me in the comments below: What are your go-to supplements in times of need?
In times of need, let Inner Defense work overtime to support your body! Inner Defense is the perfect supplement to support your immune system during the winter months. This supplement is filled with powerful essential oils which help reinforce systemic defenses, create an environment that is unfriendly to yeast and fungus, and promote healthy respiratory function.
Inner Defense contains potent essential oils such as Oregano, Thyme, Lemongrass, and Thieves. These oils are rich in thymol, carvacrol, and eugenol for immune support and work together to support you overall health and wellness in times of need. This supplement is packed with potent essential oils and we suggest taking it with food or something fatty like almond milk or almond butter. Essential oils are fat soluble and taking it with something fatty will make it sit better in sensitive stomachs.
Take 1 softgel daily or 1 softgel 3–5 times daily when stressed. The softgel capsule has been reformulated with fish gelatin to remove the need for carrageenan and beeswax. For best results use Life 9™ 8 hours later.
ImmuPro has been specially formulated to provide exceptional immune system support when combined with a healthy lifestyle and adequate sleep to support the body’s needs.*
This power-packed formula combines naturally derived immune-supporting Ningxia wolfberry polysaccharides with a unique blend of reishi, maitake, and Agaricus blazei mushroom powders to deliver powerful antioxidant activity to help reduce the damaging effects of oxidative stress from free radicals.*
ImmuPro provides zinc and selenium for proper immune function* along with other chelated minerals, which emerging science suggests are more easily absorbed by the body. It also delivers melatonin, which encourages restful sleep by promoting the body’s natural sleep rhythm.*
This delicious chewable supplement has a great wolfberry flavor and is infused with Orange essential oil! Take 1-2 chewable tablets daily as needed at bedtime. Do not exceed 2 tablets per day.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Ningxia Red is a must-have supplement, all year round! Why is this nutrient-rich drink so popular? NingXia Red® energizes, fortifies, and replenishes the body and mind thanks to a variety of powerful ingredients. Infused with Lemon, Orange, Yuzu, and Tangerine essential oils, NingXia Red® is a delicious daily supplement that includes juices and extracts from superfruits such as aronia, plum, blueberry, pomegranate, and—best of all—exotic Ningxia wolfberries.
This powerful little berry gets its name from the Ningxia region of China, where Young Living Founder, Gary Young, first learned of its unparalleled nutritional profile. There it’s known by locals as the wolfberry. In the West, however, many know it as the goji berry. To maintain as many benefits as possible, Young Living uses the whole-fruit wolfberry puree.
NingXia Red benefits include support for energy levels, normal cellular function, and whole-body and normal eye health. Make Ningxia Red a part of your family’s wellness regimen! A daily shot of 2-4 ounces is all you need to enjoy the benefits.
Take your NingXia Red to the next level and boost its benefits with Vitality oils! Try boosting your Ningxia game with the benefits of these powerful Vitality essential oils.
• Cinnamon Bark Vitality helps to support a healthy immune system and has antioxidant properties.
• Lime Vitality essential oil is prized for its ability to bring a unique citrus flavor and delicious zing.
• Peppermint Vitality supports gastrointestinal system comfort, enhances healthy gut function, and helps to maintain efficiency of the digestive tract.
• Lemon Vitality has powerful antioxidant properties, helps to support the immune system, provides circulatory support, and contains cleansing properties.
• Grapefruit Vitality supports weight management, contains antioxidant properties, supports the lymphatic and circulatory systems, and also offers cleansing properties!
• Frankincense Vitality may support overall well-being and supports healthy immune function!
• Orange Vitality cleanses the digestive system and has antioxidant properties!
• Lime Vitality adds a sweet zesty flavor!
Let’s talk in the comments: What are your favorite oils to add to your Ningxia Red?
Super C Chewable
Vitamin C is crucial for your health and can help support your immune system! Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins required by our bodies. Our bodies do not make vitamin C and it’s water soluble, this means we benefit by consuming this powerful antioxidant every day. Young Living offers Super C™ chewable tablets and Super C tablets.
Super C chewables contain 140 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C per serving and combine pure Orange essential oil with a proprietary blend of camu camu, acerola cherry, and rose hips fruit powder to create a powerful immune-supporting supplement. Together, these premium ingredients deliver desirable polyphenols, carotenoids, and optimal amounts of vitamin C in a convenient chewable tablet.
Chew Super C for an excellent source of vitamin C. The vitamin C in this product is from the Acerola cherry (Malpighia glabra) fruit extract, Camu camu (Myrciaria dubia) whole fruit, Rose hip (Rosa canina) fruit powder and calcium ascorbate.
Camu camu is harvested by hand from canoes in the Amazon region of South America. It contains phenolics, antioxidants, and amino acids.
Rose hip contains vitamin C and is rich in carotenoids and phenolics. Europeans have used it in herbal teas for many years because of its rich vitamin C content.
Super C contains whole-fruit powders and no added fructose, which makes it a great option to support children and adults.
Super C tablets not only contains 1440% of the recommended dietary intake of vitamin C per serving, but it is also fortified with rutin, citrus bioflavonoids, and minerals to balance electrolytes and enhance the effectiveness and absorption of vitamin C.* The essential oils that are added may also increase bioflavonoid activity. The ingredients in Super C play a role in normal immune and circulatory functions, help to strengthen connective tissues, and promote overall health, vitality, and longevity.*
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Thieves Cough Drops
Do you have a sore throat or cough? Young Living’s Thieves Cough Drops are formulated to help soothe sore throats, relieve coughs, and cool nasal passages. These cough drops combine a variety of naturally derived ingredients, including naturally derived menthol, which aids in the cooling of nasal passages, and Young Living’s 100-percent pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils, Cinnamon, Clove, Lemon, Rosemary, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Peppermint, that provide a sweet and spicy flavor.
Thieves Cough Drops were the first product in Young Living’s Over the Counter line. They were created to help those suffering from a cough or sore throat.
They have a great minty flavor and are made without sugar, dyes, artificial flavors, and preservatives.
Life 9 and Mighty Pro
Your gut health and immune system are closely linked. Did you know that approximately sixty to eighty percent of your immune system is located within your digestive tract? The gut is often the first entry point for exposure to pathogens and your gut immune system needs to be thriving and healthy in order to avoid illness.
Each person has thousands of different types of bacteria in their digestive system, good and bad. Experts agree that your gut flora should be balanced with approximately 85 percent good bacteria and 15 percent bad bacteria. Probiotics, or good bacteria, help us break down food and absorb nutrients. When we have too much bad bacteria in our system and start to feel sick, many people choose to take antibiotics because they help kill bacteria. Unfortunately, antibiotics kill the good bacteria that support our overall health along with the bad bacteria. Having enough good bacteria in your system is just as important as not having bad bacteria in your system.
Probiotics help maintain and restore beneficial bacteria to your digestive tract. Healthy bacteria also helps with the activation of immune functions in your cells. Young Living offers two robust probiotic supplements that will support optimal gut health while offering several other benefits. Life 9® and MightyPro are must-haves to keep your family feeling great
Life 9 is Young Living’s proprietary, high-potency probiotic. It contains 17 billion live cultures from nine beneficial bacteria strains for full-spectrum gut support. It promotes healthy digestion, supports gut health, and helps maintain normal intestinal function for overall support of a healthy immune system.* Life 9 has a specially designed delayed-release capsule, which makes the bacteria available only when the capsule hits the intestines. For optimal benefits, take one capsule every night following a meal.
MightyPro is a unique, synergistic blend of prebiotics and probiotics in a supplement specifically formulated for children. They are packaged in easy, one-dose packets that can be taken anywhere you are off to this school year, and best of all, they taste delicious! MightyPro features over 8 billion active, live cultures to support gastrointestinal and immune health in children. That means fewer missed days of school and day care, and more playing with friends and family. MightyPro also includes prebiotics, which probiotics feed off of, making MightyPro an easy, 2-in-1 option.
MightyPro was formulated for kids ages 2 and older but is also appropriate for adults. It can be taken straight out of the pouch like a pixie stick, or you can add it to some favorite foods like applesauce, yogurt, or juice—just not to anything that is hot or warm in temperature. MightyPro is a MUST for your children!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
A good Multivitamin is something you can take daily to give your body the nutrients it needs and to fill in nutritional gaps in your diet. When your body has adequate vitamins and minerals it can give the immune system the daily support it needs. Master Formula™ is a full-spectrum, multinutrient complex, providing premium vitamins, minerals, and food-based nutriment to support general health and well-being.* Collectively, these ingredients provide a premium, synergistic complex to support your body.*
Master Formula uses a Synergistic Suspension Isolation process—SSI Technology—to deliver the different nutrients to your body. This means that ingredients have been separated and combined into three different capsules depending on how each ingredient works with one another.
The first capsule has fat-soluble vitamins A, D3, E, and K, along with essential oils (which are also fat soluble): Turmeric, Cardamom, Clove, Fennel, and Ginger. The fat-soluble vitamins and the essential oils are all together in one capsule—fat soluble nutrients absorbing and metabolizing together.
The second component is two powder capsules, which contain vitamin A, water-soluble organic B vitamins in organic, folate, and mineral chelates (zinc, iron, magnesium, selenium, copper, manganese, chromium, and molybdenum). Many times people are alarmed when they hear folate is in Master Formula. This is because they are thinking of folic acid. Simply put, folic acid is the synthetic version of folate, while folate occurs naturally. Folate occurs naturally from vitamin B9 from an organic food blend.
Mineral chelates are minerals that are already in a form the human body can easily absorb, unlike typical minerals. This is because they are already bound to an amino acid, which makes it much easier for your body to absorb and metabolize them.
The third capsule is a phyto caplet; “phyto” simply means that it’s from a plant. This caplet contains water-soluble vitamin C, calcium, potassium, choline, and a fruit, veggie, and herb concentrate blend.
Master Formula was created to replace three former products: Master His, Master Hers, and True Source. It is also infused with gut-supporting prebiotics! Prebiotics and probiotics work hand in hand to support your digestive system.* To use Master Formula, simply take one sachet of capsules each day.
•Naturally supports general health and well-being for the body*
•Contains gut flora-supporting prebiotics*
•Helps neutralize free radicals in the body*
•Includes antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other food-based nutriment
•Comes in pre-packaged sachets to conveniently take on the go
•Formulated with SSI technology, which delivers ingredients in three forms chosen for their complementary properties
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.