I know it’s February, the days are like 6 hours long, you’ve missed every class since November and officially diagnosed yourself with SAD. So what are you going to do? Lock yourself indoors with a red nosed child and wait for May to arrive? We have 3 amazing classes this week that you will not want to miss. So many of us are feeling lethargic and run-down this month and our little ones are like magnets for germs this time of year. Refuse to give in to the winter blues by experimenting with some natural, no-prescription-required remedies that will at least put a little extra pep in your step if not help you steer fully clear of cold and flu season. Here are a few personal favorites:
The neti pot: the next time your sinuses are acting up, take it easy on chemical purple junk and give this ancient practice a try. It is nothing but a small pot that you insert into one nostril and drain out the other with saline solution. It can be purchased at most chemists and health food stores (Whole Foods carries it). I find that it relieves any sinus pressure I may be experiencing within a matter of minutes.
Apple cider vinegar: this miracle tonic is one of the easiest ways to stop a cold in it’s tracks. Take it at the first sign of a cold, then at regular intervals thereafter, and you’ll be golden the next day. Not only does it cleanse the entire lymphatic system and break up mucous, it also reduces sinus pressure and staves off allergy symptoms. ACV is also used for a million other purposes, including teeth whitening, weight loss, skin health, thrush prevention, household cleaning (your bathtub will be smelling like apples in no time!). Obviously the gag potential is high here, so try adding a splash of ACV to a cup of hot water and a drop of honey or the juice of half a lemon to dilute the bitter taste. Drink up 3-4x a day for best results.
Lemon, garlic, and honey: When life gives you lemons, add hot water, honey and garlic. Dubbed “The Spanish Cure,” for good reason, this combo will squash a cold in 3 ways: lemon juice thins mucous, and also corrects the body’s Ph (the acid/alkaline balance within the body), making it less vulnerable to viruses and harmful bacteria. The oils in garlic make for a potent decongestant, and honey has antimicrobial properties, allowing the immune system to swiftly fight off infection.
It can’t be worse than choking down sickly sweet purple chemicals right? I’ll see you at class this week! Here is what’s on tap:
Monday: Are you up for the Nursery Rhyme challenge? Twinkle Twinkle Little Star sounded so soothing and calm until now 😉
Tuesday: Band Body: we will be using the band exclusively to sculpt and tone you 20 different ways from head to toe! Come to class on Tuesday at Saint Dionis Church in Parsons Green to learn new cardio and strength training exercises for this super-effective, yet super- portable piece of fitness equipment. Would you like your own band? I have plenty in stock. They are available for £12!
Thursday: Benchwarmers: no gazing out at the geese today people. The bench will have us sweating in no time. From your triceps to tummies to toes, enjoy a full-body workout that will have you feeling amazing for the weekend ahead.
Do you have toys/clothes to donate? Something to sell? A sitter or cleaner to share, or looking for help? Feel free to email me and I will include it in our weekly email.
Looking forward to seeing you all this week. Stay healthy!