Winter offers us a chance to hibernate. There is nothing better than staying at home, cuddled in thick socks and layers of soft blankets and this winter i'd love you to take the time to nourish and rejuvenate your body and use this beautiful opportunity to hibernate for health.
Now is the time our bodies naturally slow down, like literally. So listen to that urge. Your body is trying to tell you something...
Here are my top 5 [hibernate for health] tips
How often it feels like we are catching every bug that is floating around; a depressed immune system is likely to rear its ugly head during the cooler months. I like to step up my lymphatic stimulation to increase immunity and boost my circulation to keep warm -- freezing cold hands and feet? Yep. Me too.
Using a body brush is a great way boost both the lymphatic system as well as circulation. During the cooler months I use a natural bristle brush (soft on the skin) in the shower and lather up with a beautiful oil laden soap >> check these soaps out << this practice doubles as a daily exfoliant keeping dry skin at bay -- then continue to bring blood (and nutrients) to the skin surface by massaging yourself with a good quality natural moisturiser - coconut oil is wonderful.
Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Ill never stop saying it. Hydration is essential to tip top health. When its cooler its tempting to skip the water in favour of teas and coffees. If you need to, set a reminder in your phone, whatever it takes to keep on sip-sipping and aim for 1-2 litres a day. More if you exercise or engage in physical work.
Take a liquid vitamin tablet. Make yourself a smoothie each day and mega dose on vitamins. Here are 5 combinations to try on a coconut water base:
- Mixed berry, banana, coconut oil, goji & chia seed.
- Kiwi, banana, coconut oil & spinach.
- Banana, cacao, maca powder & vanilla.
- Peach, ginger & honey.
- Avocado, mango, spinach & spirulina.
If you suffer from poor circulation try using cayenne pepper in your smoothie, it actually tastes great in the cacao blend. Mmm-mmm.
Know your natural medicine. If you feel the beginnings of a sniff or cough reach for mother natures pharmacy first. Echinacea - best taken in tablet form, garlic - use it in your cooking, if you are hardcore chew it raw and swallow (this honestly works and I've done it for years), ginger - pour boiling water over a few tablespoons of freshly shredded ginger, add honey for a sore throat. Drink a shot of organic apple cider vinegar and juice of a full lemon diluted in water daily. Put a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a tissue and breath it in to clear the sinuses. Take olive leaf extract as per the prescription specs on the label.
They say that prevention is better than cure; the above natural approaches can be used preventatively; did someone come to work today with a nose like a tap, or are the kids sick? Give them a go!
Eat oats for breakfast. There is as reason our grannies want us to eat porridge in winter. Oats have been shown to significantly improve the bodies immune response to bacterial infection. Use whole rolled oats to get the best benefits and if you are feeling a little blocked up in the sinuses or nose its best to avoid dairy -- make your porridge on a non dairy milk, top it with chia seeds, goji berries and a drizzle of honey. Wow. Just wow.
In addition to the above, lots of rest and self care will see you emerge this spring with a, um... spring in your step! Enjoy.
Love, J x