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The Weather Outside is Frightful

Dec 16, 2020 | The Healthy Way Newsletter archive

No matter the weather, I like to walk (30-60 minutes) to the sweet sound of Toronto “silence,” old albums, new albums, or a podcast. It’s healthy for the body, pleasant for the mind, and the benefits compound as we walk further and faster.

Body

I can’t overstate the benefits of walking in the sun, but walking through rain and snow is a better workout – your only equipment: the clothes on your back and a pocket full of tissue. Research from Japan shows that we burn more fat exercising in cold, wet environments than at room temperature. Your body does more work per step.

Walking in the snow is the perfect amount of challenge no matter who you are. Depending on how much snow there is, each step is a full-body motion. That’s good cardio, resistance, and it’s easy on the joints. But I save these walks for fresh snow – powder and slush are vastly different experiences.

Mind

Then we get psychological benefits from the endorphin (happy chemicals) rush. And in some people, falling rain and crunchy snow trigger ASMR (low-grade euphoria).

As we continue on our merry ways, walking becomes meditative. Repetitive motion clears the mind and connects us to our bodies. There’s nothing in mind except the next step – our sense of time falls apart, and we experience each moment as it comes.

The Tech

GABA

This amino acid doubles as a neurotransmitter, relieving anxiety, stress, and fear. Most abundant in fermented foods.

5-HTP

The body naturally produces 5-HTP and converts it to serotonin, regulating our mood. We can’t absorb serotonin directly, we take 5-HTP instead to stimulate the conversion.

L-Theanine

This amino acid aids everything stress-adjacent like sleep, digestion, focus, heart rate, blood pressure, cognitive function, and mood.

Recipes

Roasted Winter Veggies

Sweet & sour on a bed of warm & fluffy. Delicious as a side or soup.

Butternut Squash Soup

Hearty, satisfying, delicious, healthy, & scalable.

Muscovy Duck Breast

Gourmet at home is easier than you’d think.

One squash is all you’ll need for all three recipes, and you can enjoy the products on their own as a side and a snack, or all at once is velvety-smooth soup to warm you from the inside.

Yours rain and shine,
Dr. Elena Krasnov, N.D.
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I'm Dr. Elena Krasnov, N.D and I've been healing people for over 20 years with my holistic and comprehensive approach to health.

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