Revving Up Your Winter Metabolism by, Rachel Schwartzman #wellbeingwedensday
Is it just me or is anyone else feeling cold and tired already? Winter hasn’t even started and I’m already looking to hibernate. For today’s Wellbeing Wednesday tip, I thought I would share with you a few winter warm up ideas, to help keep circulation moving, energy lifted and your metabolism fired up.
- You likely have some cinnamon powder or sticks in your kitchen cupboard. This spice is excellent for warming up the body. It also stabilizes blood sugar levels and supports digestion. Simply sprinkle some onto oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, soups or tea.
- Ginger is a warming herb that promotes digestion, supports the immune system and helps ease aching joints. Try grating some fresh ginger into a cup of boiled water and add some honey and lemon to taste. This is a sure fire way to warm up your bones.
- Cayenne is a perfect spice to food to get your blood moving. Add a pinch to soups, stews, stir fry’s or salad dressings. Cayenne is high in vitamin C, helping to boost immunity. If you’ve got a stuffy nose, spicy foods help to move out that congestion. Some people even sprinkle a pinch of cayenne into their shoes to help keep your feet warm. Just be careful not to burn yourself.
- Green Tea is the perfect drink that boosts the metabolism and warms you up. It contains the potent antioxidant polyphenols, as well as L-Theanine, an amino acid that promotes a balanced mood and restful sleep. If you don’t already drink green tea, consider adding this to your daily routine.
- Apple Cider Vinegar is another great food to add to your diet. It boosts the metabolism, alkalizes the body and supports the digestive system. I add it to salad dressings, sauces and marinades, all easy ways to include in the diet.
Rachel Schwartzman is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, Doula and Acupuncturist. She practices in Toronto and can be reached at 416-371-3422. To learn more about Dr. Rachel take a peek at rachelschwartzman.com