This year I’m running away to Germany for the Holidays. I’ve been craving a new perspective on winter celebrations and what better place to get it than in the land of Kris Kringle.
Unlike Jolly Old St. Nick, I am not used to such extreme cold. Cold weather is not only potentially uncomfortable, it can be hard on the body, effecting how you function on the inside as well as on the outside.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m so excited to spend Christmas in a place with real seasons, but I’m a bit nervous about packing. Let’s just say having grown up in San Francisco where the weather hovers between 45 and 65 degrees for most of the year.
Luckily, I do have a few tricks I can share to help you stay warm and healthy in the cold.
Cold weather can turn down your digestive fire, which can lead to constipation, bloat and acid reflux. No fun any time but especially annoying on a vacation.
- Eat warm well cooked foods like soups and stews.
- Drink plenty of water. Room temperature to warm is best.
- Avoid eating and drinking anything cold or frozen.
- Add a multitude of warming spices like cinnamon, cloves and ginger to your food and drink.
Cold weather can create stagnation of the circulatory system. In the cold your body will get less oxygen and energy flow, causing fatigue and sluggishness.
- Get your body moving and the blood pumping with a cardio exercise you like. Even a brisk half hour walk is perfect.
- Try a salt body scrub to move the blood and invigorate the tissues.
- Again, Spices, Spices, Spices!!! They will heat up the body from the inside and they taste delicious.
The lymphatic system will stagnate when your body becomes cold. As it is responsible for carrying the immune system and clearing out toxins we need to keep it flowing.
- By supporting circulation you will also support your lymphatic system, so follow the above advice.
- Take a warm bath after using a salt body scrub
- Have lymphatic massage if possible or practice self massage with warm oil.
- Keep bundled up to avoid clenching muscles against the cold. Especially the neck and shoulder area where many of us already carry a lot of tension.
- Warm up well before exercise
- Follow all the above advice especially if your prone to pulling muscles and putting your back out.