Stay hydrated through winter

Stay hydrated through winter

Staying well hydrated is one of the most fundamental principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, but during the cooler months, it can become difficult to stay on top of.

Drink warm water

When winter rolls around, we tend to seek warmer foods and beverages to heat us up from the inside out – so why not do the same with water? A glass of lukewarm water will quench your thirst just as well as a cool cup

Sip throughout the day

Rather than consuming large quantities in one hit, it’s best to sip water steadily throughout the day, so try to make a habit of carrying a water bottle with you wherever you go.

Try herbal tea

If you’re after something with a little more flavour, try some different herbal teas and see if any take your fancy. As well as helping to get your water intake up, herbal teas can offer a wide range of other health benefits too.

Make you own infusions

If tea isn’t for you, consider making your own fruit infusions to add some extra flavour to water. A few slices of lemon or lime along with some sprigs of mint make for a refreshing beverage you’re going to love.

Avoid alcohol

If you’re struggling to meet your daily waiter intake, it’s best to avoid alcohol as this can only dehydrate you further. If you don’t want to give up the drink, make sure you add an extra glass of water between every beverage.

Go easy on the coffee

How dependent are you on your daily dose of java? While one cup won’t hurt, it’s worth noting that coffee is a diuretic and will have you needing to urinate much for frequently. Like with alcohol, it’s best to add an extra glass of water for every coffee you consume.

Jumpstart the New Year with these 4 healthy habits

Jumpstart the New Year with these 4 healthy habits

With the New Year upon us, there is no better time than the present to refresh your health and wellness regime.

Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, these four healthy habits help you on the way to achieving your optimal health and will have you feeling refreshed and revitalised.

Consider a detox diet

Have you overindulged in the festivities this holiday season? Too much food and drink can have us feeling sluggish and bloated, and ultimately our bodies will not be running at their best.

A simple detox can be a great way to cleanse the system and help get you back on track.

Spend some time outdoors

Fresh air is important, and in Traditional Chinese Medicine time spent outdoors is considered to help build up our Qi or energy.

Many people also find spending time outdoors to be highly relaxing, but be mindful not to spend too much time in periods of peak UV rays.

Gradually build your exercise routine

The benefits of keeping active are highly regarded throughout Traditional Chinese Medicine, however it’s important to start out slowly.

Jumping straight into a strenuous exercise program can increase your risk of injury, and can be difficult to maintain.

Get back into a sleep pattern

Our sleep affects many areas of our health, but as we take time out from our regular routines it’s easy to fall out of our normal sleeping patterns – as many of us take the opportunity to stay out later.

Work out what is the most practical sleep period for you and set an intention to stick to it. Before long you’ll find it easier to fall asleep as well as to rise in the morning.