An easy way to ward off fatigue that tends to set in during the fall and winter: Season your favorite savory dishes with seaweed flakes instead of table salt. This low-sodium pick provides salty flavor and plenty of thyroid-nourishing iodine, which helps increase energy within 30 minutes. Another plus: It boasts appetite-suppressing soluble fiber to thwart cravings, and it’s terrific on poultry, vegetables, salad or even popcorn. Tip: To preserve its beneficial enzymes, add the flakes after cooking. One to try: Maine Coast Dulse Granules (SeaVeg.com).
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Youthful radiant skin really does start from within! The key? Shoring up your stores of the healthy fat gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). The nutrient keeps cellular membranes from drying out, so skin stays smooth and supple. It can even help soothe conditions like eczema and psoriasis that tend to flare up at this time of the year. In fact, Italian scientists found supplementing with GLA cuts eczema symptoms by up to 90%. I advise taking two capsules of UNI KEY Health GLA-90 twice daily. For 15% off, use code glaww15 at UNIKEYHealth.com.
There’s one essential nutrient that can thwart viruses from spoiling fall fun: selenium. Your immune system requires selenium to produce proteins that prevent viruses from mutating in the body. And without enough, it can’t fight off infection. To sidestep viral infections, I advise taking a 200-mcg. selenium supplement (like Nature’s Bounty Selenium, Vitacost.com) or eating at least 16 oz. of selenium-rich foods like tuna, cod, turkey, lamb or mushrooms daily to keep level optimal.
Urinary incontinence affects 50% of all women, and there’s a surprisingly common cause: constipation. When not eliminated regularly, the adult colon can hold up to 25 pounds of waste, which causes downward pressure on the bladder that can lead to leaks. To get things moving and strengthen your bladder at the same time, spend 10 minutes stretching daily – especially any move that stretches the inner thighs. Not only does this increases bladder control for 66% of women, it also speeds digestion to clear up and prevent leak-triggering constipation.
If you’re one of the millions of women for whom the cold, damp weather triggers sinus pressure and pain, horseradish can help! It’s rich in a natural sinus-clearing chemical similar to the one found in drugstore decongestants, plus antibacterial compounds that help prevent infection. And if the bold flavor makes your nose run, that’s a good thing! It helps drain excess fluid to relieve pressure. Try grating 1 tsp. of fresh horseradish root and chewing it thoroughly for 1 minute. Tip: If the flavor is too strong, add it to a salad dressing or sauce instead.