Winter Health Tips
My friends from “down south” often chuckle when I tell them it gets cold in South-East Queensland. They seem to have taken that QLD Tourism slogan to heart – “Beautiful one day, perfect the next”. Anyone arriving lately with that expectation will be so shocked. Especially those encountering the days and days of rain, and now, the cold.
Part of the issue is that many of our homes, workplaces, cafes and restaurants are not really designed with the often short cold season in mind.
So here are some tips to help you (and your interstate visitors) stay warm as the mercury falls.
1. Warmth & circulation
Keep moving. Have you noticed that you start to feel cold when sitting for a while, especially in your feet and hands? That is because the cool weather slows down your circulation, which decreases your body’s heat. So getting up and going for a walk, even 10 minutes, can make you feel warmer. This warmth can last for some time after you return to sitting.
Movement during the workday is so essential. When we are at our desks, engrossed in our work or other projects, time can seem to fly by, and we may not even realise that we have been seated for so long. Setting a timer alert on your phone or other device is an excellent reminder to get up and move. Of course, your icy hands and toes may remind you first!
Warm the feet. An Epsom salts foot bath is a delicious way to warm up. Somehow, when our feet are warm, we tend to feel too. And the magnesium in the Epsom salts can help relieve some of the aches and stiffness associated with winter. It is also a great way to exfoliate the feet and get rid of all that dry skin.
A hot water bottle for the feet is also a soothing way to keep the feet warm, especially to help warm the sheets when climbing into bed on a cold winter’s night.
Great winter foods. In winter, it is essential to support our kidneys. Be sure to include beans in your diet, including black beans, kidney beans, and adzuki beans (also known as red beans).
Choose vegetables in season, including beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, onion, potatoes, pumpkin, turnips, silverbeet, and snow peas. For fruits, consider apples, bananas, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, lemons, limes, mandarins, oranges and pears.
Chicken, beef and lamb are great meats to choose from. If you love seafood, consider trout, salmon and prawns. Bone broth is a nutritious food to nourish and support the immune system.
Walnuts and pine nuts are good nut choices.
Cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, dill, fennel, coriander and rosemary add flavour to your winter cooking to support that Yin energy.
Remember to select warming foods. For breakfast, include foods such as grain porridges, eggs, and/or toasted bread. For lunch and dinner, consider casseroles, stews and warm soups.
In South-East Queensland, winter is a favourite season for many of us. Crisp mornings, blue skies, nights to rug up and get cosy to bring happiness to those winter worshippers. Making a few adjustments to our movement and nourishment can ensure this season is one of invigoration and good health.
If you would like to maximise your health this winter, why not book an appointment with the professional and caring health practitioners at Ondol Clinic? They can support you in your quest to stay healthy through the cold months and beyond.