In the Northern hemisphere, it feels like winter is well and truly here! With the dark nights, the grey mornings and the cold, damp days, there’s no wonder we feel more lethargic and less motivated than in the summer months.
Our energy levels are affected by many things including a shortage of Vitamin D from a lack of sunlight, the weather in general and the change in seasonal foods available.
At Jung Shim, we try to adapt for the changing seasons which are known to affect hormone production. The first thing we do is accept that it’s perfectly normal to experience changes in our energy levels which in turn affects our mood and metabolism. After all, many animals hibernate in the winter months.
We need to allow our body’s time to adjust to the new season by making changes to our daily routines. This includes taking advantage of the new seasonal foods that very often contain the necessary nutrients we crave at this time of year.
Let’s take a look at how we can feed our energy system with winter’s seasonal produce:
Cold weather inhibits crop growth but root vegetables root like beets, carrots and turnips can withstand the cold. Get an energy boost with roast carrots for a boost of beta-carotene, or boil turnips for vitamins C and A. See our delicious green soup recipe
Oatmeal is a fantastic way of providing nutrients that are essential during the winter months. A simple bowl of porridge is a little bowl of goodness. It not only boosts your immune system but the fibre also helps control your blood sugar levels and provides slow release energy which is essential for beating the cold.
Oats are loaded with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant compounds. Iron will boost your immune system function and promote liver function. Zinc will nourish your immune system and help you fight off infection. The addition of a few nuts and seeds will not only enhance the taste but will add another level of benefits. See our delicious overnight bircher recipe which can be enjoyed hot or cold
Soup on a cold winter’s day is like having a warm blanket wrapped around you. Look for soups that contain lots of vegetables like sweet potatoes, tomatoes and red peppers, as they contain vitamin C which plays an important role in the immune system and energy levels - especially important if you regularly exercise. Pair your soup with a side of Jung Shim seed crackers, for a dose of grains.
Cook up a hearty fish pie, or try some sushi! Fish such as tuna, salmon and cod are a great source of vitamin D and B12. During the winter months, when you have limited exposure to the sun, food sources of the bone-healthy vitamin become even more essential. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with impaired growth, weakening of the bones and even the risk of heart disease. Vitamin B12 contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system and also contributes to a reduction in tiredness and fatigue. Our hearty pollock soup will definitely warm you up over the winter months.
About Jung Shim
Jung Shim means ‘beautiful mind’. At our Jung Shim Centres our aim is to help people recharge the body and clear the mind to regain our health and wellbeing.
We offer energy treatments, energy classes as well as lifestyle advice all designed to help recharge you human energy.