Nutrition, balance and happiness
It won’t be long until the world is full of life again. Daffodils, fluffy lambs and long days of sunlight are just around the corner. As the period before the spring can be the lowest time of year in terms of food sources and mood here are some ideas to help.
Natural vitamin boosts Sprouting beans is a great way of getting vitamins, minerals and proteins, especially at this time of year when there is less growing locally. Seeds, grains and beans can be stored over the winter and in just a few days can be brought to life to provide a super healthy food packed with vitality. A large jam jar with muslin on top (and an elastic band to secure) makes a good enough sprouting jar or there are ready made jars available online or in health food shops. To sprout soak the seeds/beans overnight then drain. Rinse them in fresh water and drain twice a day until ready to eat (depending on what sprouting and temperature, usually about 3-7 days). As well as the popular mung bean and alfalfa seeds there are lots of others to try.
Staying Healthy A fundamental aspect to staying healthy is balance. Stress can actually be useful at the right time and too much relaxation can make us sluggish. Therefore being aware of ourselves and balancing excess is the key.
- Stress levels too high? Reduce by increasing relaxation.
- Feeling sluggish? Increase movement e.g. walking, or dance.
- Low mood? Bring more of the things that make you happy into your life.
(If more help is needed seek support from your chosen health practitioner or therapist).
The benefits of feeling happy are huge. Research has shown that our immune systems are capable of feeling happy. Feeling happy and being well to the immune system are the same. The rhinovirus which we know as the common cold enters cells with the same receptor as our happy ones, therefore if the happy ones get there first there’s no room for the virus. Like musical chairs – get your happy receptors bums on the seat first and the virus is out of the game!
If the virus has managed to get in there first there are herbs that can help. Elderberries are a popular traditional remedy for colds which have now been backed up with scientific research. Full info on the benefits of the Elder can be found in herbal medicine section.
Grapefruit essential oil
Refreshing- invigorating – energising. Grapefruit essential oil can be a supportive friend when feeling low or suffering from viruses. It is a known immune stimulant which helps the body deal with infections and aids recovery time. Grapefruit also has shown to improve the mood and has been indicated for those with Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is important to note that if using on the skin it can have photosensitizing properties which means it makes the skin more susceptible to sunlight. As it is a powerful cleanser it can have interactions with synthetic drugs so be sure to bear this in mind and read the recommended dose carefully. This cleansing action makes grapefruit well known for detoxifying and it has been proven to increase the metabolism of adipose (fat) tissue helping to combat cellulite. Grapefruit is indeed an amazing winter ally for improving mood and supporting the immune system whilst also getting those flabby bits ready for bikini season!
Wishing you all a graceful transition into spring!
Nutrition, balance and happiness 🙂