Natural remedies can be very helpful when it comes to not feeling cold in winter: here are some ways to keep the body warm, at home and outdoors, including what to eat to increase body heat.
1. WHAT TO EAT TO KEEP THE BODY WARM
In terms of spices, opt for typically wintry ones, such as cinnamon and cloves, used extensively in the making of desserts and teas, as well as for thyme, chilli, pepper, ginger, marjoram and cumin. In fact, we can find great commercially available blends that contain all the necessary ingredients to prepare an excellent warming infusion. Another great addition to our list is fennel.
Always choose hot drinks, both during the day and at mealtime, when it’s also advisable to prioritise hot soups, made with vegetables or beans and perhaps with a few spices, which will help fuel our inner “fire” to keep the body warm.
What should be avoided is eating too many foods that cool the body down, such as chilled drinks and cold foods: even citrus fruits, which, though beneficial because of their high vitamin C content, have notoriously cooling effects.
2. HOW TO KEEP THE BODY WARM AT HOME
During the coldest days you can try a drink that will bring balance and help you gain “heat” and well-being. It is consumed traditionally and commonly used as a macrobiotic remedy, perfect for when the cold has seeped into your bones, causing a feeling of illness.
3. WHAT TO WEAR
Clothing is extremely important and during winter it has to be adequate both for adults and for children. Adequate clothing allows us to keep body temperature constant and gives us a pleasant sensation of heat that will lead us to not heating our homes excessively, a habit that can have negative effects on our health as well as the environment.