Winter Wellness – Fight the frost!

June 04 2015

The first of June has ticked over, bringing with it the official marker of winter… even if the morning frost had settled in weeks earlier.

Winter fashion may be favoured by fashionistas, but the common cold, fatigue, aching muscles from flu-like symptoms and other winter wellness woes are all too familiar come mid-season.

While basic principles of staying healthy – drinking water, eating healthy, nourishing wholefoods, exercising – still apply, it can become all the more difficult when heavy comfort foods and skipping your morning run in favour of staying warm in bed become more tempting.

WY? have put together the best winter health-boosting principles and contacts to keep common winter ailments and the doctor bay…

Winter wellness in Chinese medicine:

In Chinese medicine, winter is known as the time to ‘go within oneself’ – our most Yin aspect, which may explain the tendency to ‘hibernate’. Suddenly dinners out, late nights and socialising takes all the more effort!

Winter in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is associated with the kidneys, which are said to hold our body’s most fundamental energy. By resting in winter, we can strengthen the kidneys and renew our energy for the coming months. You may have heard the saying, ‘keep your kidneys warm’, which is rooted in TCM principles of supporting the kidneys during the stressors of the colder months. Never let cool breeze get to your lower back, and try to keep a layer of clothing tucked in at your back.

Winter is the perfect time to reflect inwards, meditate, evaluate and plan for the coming season. A session with a Chinese medicine doctor at the beginning of winter will pick up any imbalances, allowing you to treat and nourish the body as it needs.

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Ayurvedic answers…

Ayurveda, or, ‘the science of life’ in Sanskrit, is an ancient Indian health practice thought to be more than 5,000 years old. Ayurvedic principles are based in the universe being made up of earth, water, fire air and space.
According to Ayurveda, it is of the essential to follow Ritucharya, the protocol of the six seasons – in which winter is broken in to early winter and late winter. Good health in winter brings a calm state and strong digestive power, as it is believed that cold outside air blocks body heat from leaving, reserving the heat for a ‘digestive fire’ to gain further strength. For optimum wellbeing in winter, Ayurveda recommends keeping the body warm, embracing oil massages to the body before bathing, and avoiding raw foods and juices.

WY? Recommends…

-Reading Perfect Health, a step-by-step program of mind body medicine, based on the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and how we can apply it to everyday life.

-Staying warm at Norbu Day Spa’s infrared sauna box..

Flu-fighting foods..

Food is the best prevention against ill-health, and in winter it is more important than ever to nourish your body and boost your immunity naturally. Add these healing and protective ingredients into your winter meals to ward off sickness, or help to rid a cold fast!

- Tumeric… is a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, with benefits including reducing the severity of bacterial and viral infections

- Garlic… is commonly known as a cold-buster, thanks to compounds called allion and allicin which have anti-viral effects. Raw garlic is most potent, but if you can’t handle chewing raw cloves, to adding minced garlic to manuka honey for a double dose of anti-viral boosters.

- Bone broth… is having a moment in the lime light, but has been a health-boosting staple for many. Bone broth helps to heal your gut and promote healthy digestion, while mitigating infection caused by cold and flu viruses.

- Anise seeds…. have anti-bacterial properties, which have been shown to help clear congestion from the upper respitory tract.


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