Winter dragging you down? Here’s a few tips to put a spring in your step and help improve your wellness during the colder months.
Lack of sleep can have a serious effect on your immune system. Winter is one of the best times to get into the habit of going to bed earlier. Earlier to bed avoids the late-night energy burst which can lead to a disturbed sleep. An optimal night sleep from 10pm to 6am keeps you in line with your body’s circadian rhythm, also try going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, even on the weekends!
Winter tends to bring out cravings for comfort foods. Allow yourself to indulge in healthy fats, good quality organic meats, dairy, nuts and seeds, dried fruits and try adding leafy greens, berries, onions as many of these foods are loaded with goodness and have the added benefit of boosting immunity. Herbs including turmeric, ginger, chilli, rosemary, oregano, and cinnamon are natures herbal antibiotics and can help to lower cholesterol, reduce high blood pressure while boosting brain function and concentration.
Warming winter teas or infusions are guaranteed to beat the winter chills. A simple lemon infusion using freshly sliced ginger root with a dollop of honey is packed with health benefits and helps to strength and boost immunity as well as aids digestion. The refreshing, sweet and spicy taste evokes a sense of calm and relaxation.
Jamu is a traditional Indonesian turmeric-based healing medicine which dates back thousands of years. The health benefits of this tonic are endless, widely used as an anti-inflammatory, contributing to improved heart health as well as boosting immunity and acting as a natural detox for the liver and kidneys. Jamu will replenish your body with powerful vitamins, minerals and is simple to make at home.
Ingredients: (makes 6 glasses)
125g fresh turmeric
20g fresh ginger root
4 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp honey
- Peel and clean the Tumeric (be careful, it stains easily!) as well as the Ginger then place in a blender with 4-cups of water. Blend until smooth
- Simmer the mixture in a saucepan for 15mins. Remove then add the lime juice and honey (add more honey to taste if you prefer the mix sweeter)
- Strain through a fine sieve or muslin cloth into a vessel
Best served slightly warmed during the winter months, enjoy x