It’s winter again. Back when most people lived on farms, winter was a time of rest and self-reflection.
Have you ever run into a friend in the spring whom you haven’t seen in a few months, and they tell you they’ve been “hibernating”? It happens even in the cities. Winter is the time to chill. No apologies for the pun.
Winter is also a time when people think about keeping warm. It’s a worthy goal because warmth is awesome. Here are some tips for keeping warm.
Eat healthy fats. Some foods will keep you warmer than others. Healthy fats like olive oil, walnuts, avocados and almond butter will provide you with extra warmth and help keep your skin hydrated. Oatmeal is a whole grain that helps keep you warm and reduce cholesterol, and it’s filling. Add some almond butter to it for a great healthy fat and waming carb combo.
Eat plenty of proteins. Proteins like lean meat, eggs and beans will fill you up quickly and help keep you lean. They are almost twice as thermogenic as carbohydrates, if the protein source is high quality. This means that the protein will have almost double the heat generating effect as the same number of calories in carbs. (1)
Drink ginger tea. Ginger increases thermogenesis (heat generation) in the body while decreasing hunger and aches and pains (3). It will help you keep warm and prevent unwanted weight gain.
Don’t forget B vitamins and magnesium. These nutrients will help your thyroid regulate temperature (4). You can take supplements or eat foods and herbs. If you prefer supplements, make sure your B12 comes in a sublingual tablet that melts under your tongue or your body might not use it. B12 also comes from meat and eggs. Tulsi, the herb in Nambu’s Love & Grace Formula, is an excellent source of magnesium. Tulsi will also improve blood and oxygen flow, lower stress, increase your winter libido and boost your immune system.
Use warming spices. Cinnamon, Turmeric, cayenne, ginger, garlic, cumin, cloves, black pepper and cardamom are thermogenic and raise your body temperature. Add a few of these spices to your morning coffee or smoothie. Nambu’s Turmeric and black pepper blends will not only help you keep warm, but they’ll also help you detox, reduce inflammation and transmute bad fat into good fats that help you lose weight (2). Shreem Brzee Formula is our newest Turmeric blend, and it’s infused with sound vibrations that eliminate poverty consciousness and attract wealth.
Most of the above spices are in this highly rated Turmeric tea recipe.