Updated: Jun 19, 2018
CHOOSE NOURISHING, WARMING FOODS
As the weather changes, we should be reaching for more warming, nourishing foods. Soups, stews, and roasts are amazing at keeping your vegetable quota up and also keep your body warm from the inside out. Swapping to root vegetables, like pumpkin, carrots and parsnips and adding things like garlic, ginger and cinnamon to your cooking can be really effective at warding off flu/cold like symptoms.
In Chinese diet therapy we learn that these kinds of foods are very gentle and nourishing on the digestive system. During the cooler months, our digestion can become sluggish so consuming these warming, tonifying foods keeps your digestive system happy and your immune system functioning at its best.
We all know that is can sometimes be a struggle to keep up our H2O intake when winter hits because we don't often crave water in the cooler months, but know that it is still just as important to keep up your water intake to make sure your body is happy and hydrated. Ensuring you drink enough water is essential to keep your body functioning properly, to help detox and eliminate thing that your body no longer needs. Our cells depend on water to work optimally, so ensure that you drink at least 1.5 litres of water per day.
COSY WHEAT BAGS
These are my favourite things in the winter time. Especially around period time, a wheat pack is amazing to keep on your abdomen before and during your period to help ease the flow of your cycle. It helps the blood and fluids move freely throughout your body to ease pain. Also try putting one over your shoulders/neck to unwind after a big day at work, this will help to relax your muscles and keep your meridians strong along your back and neck to help protect you against cold/flu.
CHECK YOUR VITAMIN D LEVELS
I think a lot of us notice that often when winter hits, we can feel a bit more sad and down. This is common because often our Vitamin D levels can drop during the winter. Low Vitamin D levels have been associated with low mood so get a check up to ensure your Vitamin D levels are within range and see if you require a supplement to help you feeling happy and healthy during the cooler months.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Winter is about slowing down, recovering and preparing again for the warmer months. Our bodies require good quality sleep to restore everything in preparation for the next day. Make sure you are getting at least 7 hours of sleep. Often throughout winter, our body actually wants and needs more than 7 hours, so listen to your body, rest when you feel you need to and don't feel bad for going to bed a little earlier!
SCARVES, BLANKETS AND JUMPER
Layers should be your best friend throughout winter. Keeping warm and covered is super important to ward off sickness and protect your immune system. Scarves are really helpful at keeping your neck covered and to reduce the risk of any sickness entering your body. Keep an extra jumper or jacket in your car or at work to keep you protected and warm.
WINTER ESSENTIAL OILS
A good combination to have in your diffuser at home throughout winter is lavender, lemon, peppermint and eucalyptus- this has great antimicrobial benefits as well as helps to open and clear the sinuses. This combination is calming, clearing and uplifting to help boost energy, calm the nervous system and clear the head from congestion.
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