If you cannot travel this winter, here are some tips to improve flexibility and circulation from the inside out.
Soak your feet.
Just take a storage container or tub, fill it with hot water, table salt, and 2 or 3 peppermint tea bags. Let your feet and ankles soak in the hot water until it cools down - about 10 minutes.
Try this mindful peace breath if you like.
Then, pat feet dry and rub them with coconut oil or sunflower oil.
Drink ginger tea.
Ginger tea improves circulation and uplifts mood by supporting healthy digestion. When digestion is not healthy, mood suffers.
Fruit can bring joy to the moment and give our cells a burst of the plant nutrients that are under blankets of snow right now.
Here is a simple recipe:
1 cup organic plain yogurt (cow, almond, or coconut)
1 cup water
2 cups frozen blueberries
1 teaspoon raw honey
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Eat Pre-Biotic Foods.
Choose cooked fruits and vegetables.
When eating out, choose cooked fruits and vegetables to minimize the risk of exposing yourself to water-borne parasites. If you choose to eat raw fruits and veggies at restaurants, ask staff to wash and handle them with bottled or treated water to reduce risk of exposure.
If you shop and cook at a home kitchen during your travels, wash fruits and vegetables in a colloidal solution that suspends bacteria.
Skip the ice.
Ice can often be prepared with water that's untreated. For local folks, that's no problem. Their guts are accustomed to the local bacteria. For travelers, this might cause digestive upset such as diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. Ask for drinks prepared with treated / bottled water and no ice.
Pack an herbal toolkit.
Stock up on tinctures - medicinal herbal extracts. Find them at your local health food store or online. Choose goldenseal, sweet annie (artemisia annua), and echinacea. Take a dropper of each one of these every two hours at the onset of symptoms of infection, such as: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, or extreme migraine.