Tis the season of cosy blankets, steaming cocoa, and... stubborn colds. But fear not! As a seasoned nutritional therapist and herbalist with 15 years of experience, I've gathered some tips to help you stay healthy and happy during the winter months.
1. Embrace the Winter Veggies:
There's a fantastic array of seasonal fruits and veggies waiting to nourish you! Whip up a kale and citrus salad, roast some hearty Brussels sprouts, or blend together a warm pumpkin and ginger soup. These delicious winter goodies provide essential vitamins and minerals to boost your immune system and keep those winter blues away.
2. Spice Up Your Life:
When the temperatures drop, it's time to spice things up! Add warming herbs and spices into your meals, like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cayenne, black pepper and cloves. Not only will they add flavour to your dishes, but spices also help improve circulation and provide an immune boost. Sprinkle some cinnamon on your porridge or brew up a soothing ginger tea to stay cosy and healthy.
3. Laugh Out Loud:
Studies have shown that laughter boosts your immune system, reduces stress, and improves mood. So, indulge in a good comedy movie marathon or share some jokes and funny stories. A good old laugh or two will warm your heart and keep those winter blues at bay.
4. Supplement Smartly:
While a well-rounded diet should provide most of the nutrients you need, it's sometimes beneficial to supplement during winter. Vitamin D, often called the sunshine vitamin, becomes scarce in the colder months due to reduced sunlight exposure.
Savour those seasonal veggies, spice up your meals and laugh your way through the cold, these simple tips will help you maintainyour winter wellness. Remember, taking care of yourself is an act of self-love that extends well beyond the winter months. Stay warm, stay healthy, and stay joyful!
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Carina Kennedy was formerly a Nurse, now a Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist living in the west of Ireland. Her passion is food, health and teaching clients to gain control of their life with simple techniques.