Do you load up on citrus and antioxidant full fruits during winter? (This is a favorite combination in our morning Shaklee 180 Energizing Smoothees-cherries, blackberries, & orange.)
Read on to find out more about how to combat the stress of winter on your health and what you can do…
“Winter brings the cold and snow. This can be stressful for us on many levels. We may notice an increase in things like dryness, body pains, lethargy, coughs, flus and even depression.
Have you noticed that in the winter your body craves more food? This is natural since the body is trying to nourish itself against these stresses. We can also be less physically active. Combining too much food with less physical activity is a recipe for poor health and weight gain.
Check out the following 23 ways we can remedy the cold and dryness of winter to maintain good health and our ideal weight.
23 Hot Winter Health Tips
1. Drink 6 – 10 cups of warming liquids such as hot water and herbal teas to prevent dehydration.
3. Keep warm by wearing warm, natural fiber clothes.
4. Increase your fiber intake to keep bowels clean.
6. Get enough sleep. We need 7-8 hours of sleep per night. When we are not getting enough sleep, our bodies become vulnerable to illness. Sleep is fuel!
7. Eat bitter greens like radicchio, arugula, endive, and cabbage for balancing in this season.
8. Avoid tomatoes, cucumbers and leafy lettuce (these are cooling summer foods).
9. Give yourself a daily sesame oil massage to moisten the skin in this dry season and to calm the nervous system. It is rich in fatty acids to help repair dry skin making it soft and smooth.
11. Drink warming herbal teas with spices like ginger, cinnamon and cardamom tea.
12. Avoid refined sugar which weakens the immune system.
13. Use healthy sweeteners (in limited quantities) like Manuka Honey which will strengthen the immune system, Molasses full of iron and other minerals and coconut sugar with its low glycemic index.
15. Eat nuts and seeds (in limited quantities) like almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, flax seeds and sesame seeds. These will provide necessary vitamins and natural oils and provide required nutrients to keep the body warm.
18. Get some direct sunlight as much as possible. There is less sun in winter but your body craves it.