By Jackson O’Connell-Barlow, Supplement Coordinator

Many folks make drastic changes to their diet and lifestyle to oblige New Year’s resolutions after indulgent eating & drinking during the holidays, but that might be counterproductive in their progression towards deeper health. January & February, in much of the United States, are synonymous with inclement weather and stressful situations. Changing the goal from noticeable weight loss or muscle building to physiological adaptation and preparation might better serve us for the year ahead. I would suggest waiting for spring to do an ambitious cleansing, fasting or weight-focused exercise; better that the cold winter months are spent gently priming our body’s systems for the challenge ahead.

  1. Dr. Ohirra’s Probiotic formula
    A premium organic, living fusion that merges and encourages the evolution of your exclusive internal bacteria. This, in turn, supports a healthy immune system and digestion of crucial micronutrients that your body needs to thrive and flourish. A completely vegetarian probiotic.
  2. Digest Gold by Enzymedica
    Enzymes that break down carbohydrates, fats, fibers and proteins. This supports digestion by helping the body absorb nutrients and convert food into energy. Digestive well-being improves concentration and increases vitality. Chasing larger meals with this is a fantastic way to add more fuel to our digestive fire.
  3. Adrenal Health by Gaia Herbs
    High cortisol levels from winter stress can greatly affect sleep and energy. This formula provides nourishment to the adrenals, with a unique combination of pure and potent adaptogenic herbal extracts.
  4. Serrapeptase
    A proteolytic (protein digesting) enzyme. When isolated in the form of a tablet, this enzyme has been shown to act as an anti-inflammatory and a pain-blocker, much like aspirin or ibuprofen. Preliminary research indicates it may even help inhibit plaque build-up in arteries, thereby preventing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and a resulting heart attack or stroke.
  5. Udo’s Oil 3-6-9 Blend
    A blend of plant-based, unrefined, certified-organic food oils. Omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids (or EFAs) and monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acids, are all excellent sources of vital nutrients, and are essential components of the body’s cell membranes. From cognitive function to hormone production, these fats play a significant role.
  6. Triphala
    A traditional Ayurvedic blend of 3 bitter Indian fruits that support the gastrointestinal tract, improving digestion, elimination and assimilation of nutrients. It assists in pulling deep-seated waste from the digestive tract to help increase the colon’s absorption functions. Its attributes help prime the body for more ambitious cleansing as the ice melts and spring approaches.