Daniela Broder explains how to help your body brave winter...
- Warming foods and spices: Winter is a time when we can replenish the body through diet and rest, though it must be the right types of foods. A warm, nourishing diet of fresh, pure and easy to digest food will strengthen the immune system and help keep the body balanced. Spices like chilli, ginger, cinnamon and turmeric create heat and warmth and enhance the digestive system whilst minimising congestion.
- Exercise and yoga: Regular exercise keeps the lymphatic system moving and prevents sluggishness. Even just 15 minutes in the morning of movement or stretching will have an impact on your whole day. Yoga’s Sun Salutations are a great way to generate internal warmth and work all the major muscles.
- Tonic herbs and teas: Drinking plenty of hot water through the day helps flush toxins out of the body. Adaptogenic herbs such as gynostemma, ginseng and goji berries help regulate the immune system, supporting the body to adapt to the changing conditions of the seasons. Mint, eucalyptus and camomile all have anti mucous properties and help keep the mind clear.
- Hot baths and saunas: Saunas and hot baths are a great way of bringing heat into the body whilst sweating out toxins. Epsom salts, added to a bath, relax the muscles and draw impurities out of the body. Using a skin brush will encourage lymphatic flow, leaving skin soft and healthy.
- Take time to be still: Winter is the season when nature hibernates and with fewer daylight hours, our bodies naturally want to do less. It’s a perfect time for reviewing and tying up loose ends, and enjoying heartfelt evenings with friends and family.
Daniela Broder and Ali Calderwood are based near Tenterden, Kent and specialize in yoga, massage and shamanic healing. For more information about their classes and treatments please visit www.spiritofhealing.co.uk or call 07939 870826