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Simple and Affordable Ways to Boost Energy, Nutrition and Better Sleep

Around this time every winter, people start to drop — and I mean completely drop — their New Year’s resolutions. Maybe yours was to exercise more or sleep better. Do more charities? Losing weight? Or eat more healthy foods – or eat more local foods. Recycle more? Maybe drink less caffeine, or just drink less in general? Or be, you know, just better overall?

We are all doing our best in these strange times. At least when it comes to personal health, there’s a flood of new gear and products that can help us get back on the horse. Here are some pretty simple ways to make sure your health is strong through this winter and beyond, so you can spread all the good vibes.

Support your gut: Sorry, but for many of us, a kombucha once in a while just won’t do. As we learn more and more about the importance of gut health to the rest of our body — including our brain — we need to make sure we’re balancing things out in our belly on a regular basis. Unless you have time to whip up an elaborate yogurt smoothie every morning (which is a huge high-five if you do!), then a good way is to use a daily powder like Elevate Hydration+ Beam’s Probiotic Powder Mix ($39 at ). The Boston-based company makes sachets filled with hydrating electrolytes, prebiotics and probiotics to help you digest better and boost your immunity. Mix it with 12 ounces of water and incorporate it into your morning routine; your microbiota will thank you.

The Pluto Puff body pillow can be customized to suit the way you sleep. (Picture

Sleep better: If it gets comfy and keeps you from sleeping better, check out the Pluto Puff Body Pillow ($95 at before you buy a new mattress for five grand. Each super plush design is personalized based on how you sleep, your body type, age, height, and more. They’re all also 100% hypoallergenic, and perhaps most importantly, they don’t get flat or saggy.

The Hamama Grow Kit lets you order chives, arugula, cilantro, radishes, whatever, for your indoor “farm,” and all can be grown in low-light conditions. (Photo

Eat healthier and local: You can actually make that resolution better – by growing your own food. (It doesn’t get much more local than your own kitchen or dining room table, after all.) Then check out the Hamama grow kit ($49 at; choose what you will use the most and order the ingredients to create it: microgreens, chives, arugula, cilantro, radish… the list goes on. It can be grown in low light conditions and is as ridiculously easy to grow as it is tossing into your salad or pasta.

Mudwtr is a coffee alternative ($40 for a starter kit at made with organic ingredients that contains one-seventh the caffeine of a cup of coffee. (Photo

Drink less caffeine: I completely understand the importance of a good shake in the morning. But a smooth, jitter-free elixir worth a shot is mudwtr ($40 for a starter kit at, an organic-ingredient coffee alternative that has one-seventh the caffeine of a cup of coffee. . It’s sugar-free, low-calorie and organic – a blend of masala chai, lion’s mane (for focus), chaga and reishi (to support your immune system), cordyceps (for energy), turmeric and cinnamon (these are great antioxidants) and cocoa (for energy). So that means I could have another one even after morning too.