When winter starts feeling long in the Northeast, those who have the privilege might choose to travel south and warm their bones, joints, and connective tissue.
If you cannot travel this winter, here are some tips to improve flexibility and circulation from the inside out.
Soak your feet.
Just take a storage container or tub, fill it with hot water, table salt, and 2 or 3 peppermint tea bags. Let your feet and ankles soak in the hot water until it cools down - about 10 minutes.
Breathe deeply. Try this mindful peace breath if you like
.Then, pat feet dry and rub them with coconut oil or sunflower oil.
Drink ginger tea.
Ginger tea improves circulation and uplifts mood by supporting healthy digestion. When digestion is not healthy, mood suffers.
Make a smoothie.
Fruit can bring joy to the moment and give our cells a burst of the plant nutrients that are under blankets of snow right now.
Here is a simple recipe:
1 cup organic plain yogurt (cow, almond, or coconut)
1 cup water
2 cups frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
1 teaspoon raw honey
1 teaspoon each: cinnamon and cardamom
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
If you are lucky enough to travel, here are some ways to stay healthy!
When we go to a new place, our guts have to adjust to the foods and the environment of this place. Sometimes, the bacteria that are naturally present in one location are very different from the ones to which we are accustomed.
Eat Pre-Biotic Foods.
Especially when traveling from a cold weather climate to a warm weather one, please choose pre-biotic foods, which stimulate the growth of healthy pro-biotic bacteria in your gut. These include apples, almonds, onions, pears, and potatoes.
Choose cooked fruits and vegetables.
When eating out, choose cooked fruits and vegetables to minimize the risk of exposing yourself to water-borne parasites. If you choose to eat raw fruits and veggies at restaurants, ask staff to wash and handle them with bottled or treated water to reduce risk of exposure.
If you shop and cook at a home kitchen during your travels, wash fruits and vegetables in a colloidal solution that suspends bacteria.
Skip the ice.
Ice can often be prepared with water that's untreated. For local folks, that's no problem. Their guts are accustomed to the local bacteria. For travelers, this might cause digestive upset such as diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. Ask for drinks prepared with treated / bottled water and no ice.
Pack an herbal toolkit.
Stock up on tinctures - medicinal herbal extracts. Find them at your local health food store or online. Choose goldenseal, sweet annie (artemisia annua), and echinacea. Take a dropper of each one of these every two hours at the onset of symptoms of infection, such as: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, or extreme migraine.