The cool, dry winds, unsettled weather and decreasing daylight hours that we experience the season transitions into autumn and winter can be difficult for our bodies and minds. We can replenish ourselves with the inward movement of energy as we settle into a slower, more deliberate season, enjoying warm soups and stews, fresh bread from the oven and cup of tea. Bodily imbalance may arise during autumn and the long winter months either due to illness arising from fluctuating weather. Below are the 5 winter warmers that can turn this season into the best, healthy and nice season ever:
Good Carbs-complex carbohydrates, such as oats, lentils and potatoes, require much more energy to digest than simple carbs. With the increased energy comes increased heat production. Eat plenty of soups, stews and curries to keep your body temperature up. The salt in the soup or stew and its warmth can soothe a sore throat. A 2000 study claimed to have shown that it also has anti inflammatory properties, which can relive congestion too, although this is still uncertain. Eating chicken soup when you have a cold helps because you’re breathing steam which loosen up congestion.
Ginger- this handy little root contains gingerol and shogaol, which both have thermogenic properties that will warm you up on a cold day. Ginger can be enjoyed both raw and cooked. Eating it traditionally pickled will also provide a good dose of probiotics helping boost your immune system. You can simply grate it, skin and all, into recipes. Keep it fresh by storing it in the freezer with the skin on and take out as needed. If you cant handle the taste, try a powdered form and mix it into teas or your meals. You can also start adding ginger to the meals you eat on a regular basis.
Red Meat- red meat is full of iron, which triggers your thyroid hormone to increase heat production. The red meat is warming in nature and assist the body to raise the Yang energy and thereby warm the body. It also strengthen the digestive system(Spleen) and prevent Yang deficiency.(lack of warmth in the body).
Cayenne Pepper-sprinkle some cayenne pepper in the bottom of your shoes for those chilly mornings. The heat will increase gradually and keep your feet nice and toasty during the day. Just be sure to wash your socks afterwards. Cayenne pepper is extremely hot to the touch. Also, when we eat cayenne pepper the amount of heat our body emits is increased. This increases circulation and blood flow to all major organs.
Herbal Tea- a hot cup of coffee may make you feel warmer instantly, but the herbal tea is much better for your health. It is packed with antioxidants and will help flush out your system, preventing colds and flu. As the dark nights grow longer and sun is in short supply, support your nervous system and mental outook with uplifting and building herbal tea. It can provide relief for congestion, sore throats, coughs, fevers and headaches and make you comfortable while your immune system does its job.