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23 Hot Health Tips For The Cold Winter

23 Hot Health Tips For The Cold Winter

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.

It might seem obvious but drinking and eating warm foods balances the cold in our bodies.

2. Eat freshly prepared warm food to enhance circulation and increase warmth in your body.

3. Keep warm by wearing warm, natural fiber clothes.

4. Increase your fiber intake to keep bowels clean.

5. Add these strengthening warming vegetables to your meals: avocados, beets, brussels sprouts, carrots, pumpkinswinter squash, sweet potatoes, cabbage, onions and mung beans.

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.

Exercise outside in the fresh air is better for you than a gym or shopping mall or home.

1o. Every day go for a 20 to 60 minute walk out in the fresh air. Even when it’s cold, this helps connect you with the earth and air.

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.

honey

Honey adds heat to the body unlike many other sweeteners. That is why small amounts are good for weight management.

14.  Read books, listen to music, meditate or whatever is restful for you. Good rest is vital to balance.

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.

16. Use spices like Fennel, Cumin, Coriander, Ginger, Anise, Cinnamon, Black pepper, Turmeric, Mustard seeds and Cardamom to help the digestion and help eliminate gas.

Turmeric is one of the many warming spices particularly helpful in winter.

17. Avoid cold foods and iced drinks; that means no ice cream too.

18. Get some direct sunlight as much as possible. There is less sun in winter but your body craves it.

19.  Cut out mucous forming foods like dairy, eggs and wheat especially if you are prone to colds and flues.

20. Eat gluten free grains like quinoa, barley, buckwheat, and millet; they are full of nutrients and not clogging to a sensitive winter digestive system.

21.  Eliminate refined oils and include healthy fats that are cold pressed (almond Oil, coconut oil, olive Oil, sesame oil, and Ghee).

22. Eat fruits rich in vitamin C like oranges, lemons and tangerines which will help flush out toxins from the body.

All citrus helps in the winter. In the west we naturally gravitate to eating mandarin oranges during the holiday season.

23. Have a warm bath or foot bath with Epsom salts daily (not too hot or too long as this can deplete energy).

Seasonal Eating and Activities Are Important For Every Season:
All four seasons have their own benefits and stresses. That is why I teach different 2-5-30 Healthy Diets for the different seasons.

In the Winter 2-5-30 Healthy Diet Course all of the above food tips and many of the activity tips are carefully explained and integrated into one’s life in a full month long program.  The Winter Course is designed to strengthen and balance the body and keep the weight off.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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1:30AM PDT on Mar 22, 2014

Thank you

5:48AM PST on Feb 5, 2014

Thank you.

7:31PM PST on Feb 2, 2014

Thanks for sharing

6:13PM PST on Jan 29, 2014

Thank you.

12:07PM PST on Jan 28, 2014

Thanks for these tips

9:19AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

...with temperatures way below zero and wind chills in excess of -35 degrees; the absolute BEST advice on how to stay warm is to stay INSIDE; an even then you may need to layer some clothing! LOL

6:07PM PST on Jan 26, 2014

And .... wear a hat.

5:24PM PST on Jan 25, 2014

Thanks for this great article....lots of good tips. Some of this i knew.....but some ...no...now that I do ...will try harder to follow a "Winter" diet. I always gain weight in the winter....then have to loose it in the Spring.! LOL....It's an on-going battle. ...But...I am learning a lot from the articles in "Healthy Living". ...Thank Care2

9:27AM PST on Jan 25, 2014

I will really bear in mind during the winter cos I usually struggle a lot.

7:47AM PST on Jan 25, 2014

Soup... and lots of it.. :)

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