How to Stoke Your Internal Thermostat in Frigid Temps

Whatever meteorologists are calling this weather: “polar vortex”, “polar cyclone” or “circumpolar whirl” (sounds like a very cool dance), there is one common theme….FRIGID TEMPS that are causing us to shiver not sashay!

Here are some suggestions to stoke your inner flame and light it up from the inside:

1. Eat foods that are “warming”. In Chinese medical dietary theory, there is a belief that foods have specific temperatures which have direct effects on the body. Some foods can cause dampness (cysts, fibroids), heat (rashes, inflammation), dryness (brittle hair, nails) and cold (poor circulation, stagnation of healing). So, when it’s cold outside, one of the best ways to increase your internal thermostat is to try to get some of these ingredients into your daily intake: anise, basil, cumin, chives, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, ginger, ginseng, scallions, black pepper, leeks, yams, turnips. HINT: sip on some ginger tea throughout the day!

2. Do NOT eat foods or drinks directly from the refrigerator or freezer. Yup, that means no ice cream, ice cubes or frozen fruit in the winter months. Room temp or hot liquids will keep you warm on the inside.

3. Work your core! Your abdominal area is the meeting and crossing point of all major meridian, circulatory and lymphatic highways in the body. If you keep the infrastructure of this roadway strong and congestion free, the flow of qi, blood and fluids to the extremities will stay moving.

4. Don’t walk barefoot on cold floors! In Chinese medicine, the first point on the “kidney” meridian is located on the base of the bottom of both feet. It is said that there is an energy that swirls between both kidneys and this energy is fed by the channels that start at the feet. If your pipes are cold then your house will be cold…get it?

Keep it warm!


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