Autumn is truly here with winter just around the corner. It certainly takes an adjustment to get used to the shorter days and colder temperatures. There’s good and bad that comes with this change. It’s a time to get excited forup broths, stews, lattes, hot chocolates and sticking on cosy sweaters and getting ready for Christmas. But it’s also a time for colds & flu, itchy or dry and stiffness/achy & joints. Plus for many, more darkness also equals low mood. If you’re like us, you’ll appreciate that there are a few things you can do to help prevent the not so great things. This blog post looks at just that; tips for helping your adjust to the cold weather.
Tips for Helping your Body Adjust to the Cold Weather
Get More Light Exposure
Humans, along with other animals, follow the 24-hour circadian rhythm. This means ourrespond to light and darkness and hence why long before we had alarm clocks we would naturally wake as it got brighter and go to sleep when it got dark. The kind of light we’re exposed to falls into two types: blue light and red light. Blue light stimulates us to wake up while red light helps your to prepare for sleep. The shorter days mean there is less blue light to
Add a little spice
We can all do with a little spice. Seriously though, adding spices to youris the single easiest way to boost the density of the . Most and spices also contain more disease-fighting antioxidants than fruits and vegetables. Spices come in many forms but they generally carry similar benefits of helping with inflammation, immunity, health, health and more. To give just a few examples:
- is associated with helping balance blood sugar, is microbial and contains one of the highest sources of disease-fighting antioxidants. So add it to your porridge or over some chopped apple slices.
- Turmeric contains curcumin, a cancer-fighting compound. It helps reduce inflammation and help with joint health. Shave fresh cashew turmeric bombs a try. into /stews, it or even add it to your rice. Or give these
- is one of those that goes with everything. It’s great for an immunity boost.
- Thyme is a potent antimicrobial and can help promote healing. Plus it goes great with a !
A hot bath
Sometimes you just need a time out to yourself. But adding Epsom salts can really help to ease the aches and stiffness in your. Plus it’s that perfect meditative ‘time out’ moment where you can switch off, light some candles and relax after a hard day. No time for a bath? Topical magnesium spray can help too.
Eat your veggies
When the cold weather hits, there’s nothing quite like a warm bowl ofor stew. There’s a number of benefits to having more of these . First, you’re adding more vegetables and second, the is pre- in the process of cooking and so easy on the system. , in particular, is one warming to eat more of for a host of reasons. If you’re someone who makes their own broth, you’re adding amazing including:
- collagen to protect bone health and help with strong hair and nails (to name just a few, there’s lots more)
- health supporting collagen, amino acids like glutamine and gelatin.
- minerals and electrolytes to help support circulation, immunity, heart health and more
Read more about bone broth. Make one batch and use it in a variety of ways: drink as is, freeze into ice cubes and use as needed in cooking, freeze in larger batches and reheat for a handy snack or pre- warmer. The slow cooker is amazing for and stew type meals in general.
Contrary to what some think,contains an awful lot more than just sugar. In fact, there are over one hundred compounds including amino acids, minerals and vitamins. Darker is typically higher in bioactive compounds and show greater antioxidant activity.
Hopefully these tips for helping youradjust to the cold weather help you!