My Top 10 Tips for Warming Up

Are you one of those people who gets cold easily, and has a hard time warming back up? I am! Here are my top 10 ways to warm up. Much of my advice is common sense, but my hope is that you’ll get at least one new warming idea that will enhance your autumn and winter experiences.

 

1. Get Moving: It’s simply the most effective way to warm up. Even 5 or 10 minutes does the trick.

2. Eat Something Warming: Each food ingredient has a warming, cooling or neutral quality. Chinese and Eastern Indian medicine uses this principle to help create balance in a person’s system. Spicy foods like cayenne, onion, ginger and garlic are warming–you can tell when your mouth catches fire and you break out in a sweat.

 

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But there’s also a slew of less likely foods that have warming qualities. I thought all mints were cooling until I viewed the charts. It turns out spearmint is warming and peppermint is cooling. Check out these links for more warming and cooling foods: Warming and cooling characteristics of common foods (Ping Ming Health)

Food as your Medicine (Le Shiatsu)

 

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3. Have A Cuppa: Bring a thermos of spicy tea with you to sip, as needed, throughout the day. Coffee is on the warming list (YAY!). So is black tea, but green tea is cooling. I love chai tea, the spicier the better. In the winter I enjoy chai lattes with a shot of espresso added. Herbal teas are a delicious and healthy way to bring warmth into your body. View the food charts to find warming herbs to add to your tea collection. You can also add a tiny bit of ginger or cayenne to your favorite tea or coffee (but be careful–HOT)! If you drink chilled water, stop it! Drink room-temp water instead.

 

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4. Get In Hot Water: If you have the time, take a hot bath or hot tub. Simply washing hands in hot water is good for an instant blast of warmth. When I’m cold, I’m the first (and only) to volunteer to do the dishes. I use a sink full of hot soapy water for the washing, and rinse in fresh hot water.

5. Layer Up: Wear breathable clothes that won’t collect sweat and make you cold. Wool naturally wicks moisture and will keep you warm and dry. Wear a scarf out in the wind, and indoors, as needed.  Fingerless gloves are great because you can wear gloves, but still use your fingers for typing or work.

 

6. Be Prepared For Your Environment: Keep a throw or an extra sweater and a space heater at work, especially if you sit stationary while working.

 

7. Use Warm, Breathable Bedding: Get the synthetics out of your bed. They’re typically found in mattress pads and comforters, and don’t wick out sweat, in turn making you damp and cold. Use 100% cotton sheets and mattress pads. Add a wool mattress topper and wool comforter and Zzzzz, you’re a cozy sandwich.

 

8. Tell Yourself You’re Warm: Adding warmer colors and images to your house and work environment, via paint, decorations, etc., will offer a warmer feeling. Picture yourself on a hot sandy beach in the tropics, baking in the sun… Yeah.

 

9. Invite The Sun In: Open the curtains and position a comfy chair and a throw in a sunny spot in your house. In the winter the sun is lower in the sky and will stream further into your house.

 

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10. Choose Cinnamon Over Peppermint: Toothpaste, mouthwash, gum, breath mints, etc. have warming, cooling, or neutral qualities, just like foods. You can also avoid using personal care items with mint: lotions and shampoos, for example.

 

What’s your favorite way to warm away the winter chills?

Why Wool is Wonderful!

Here are eight fun facts about one of Lifekind’s favorite organic, ozone-sanitized fibers.

1.  Wool is the fiber of choice in desert environments to sustain natural climate control through the centuries.  The shape of the wool fibers creates air pockets to hold body heat for warmth in cool weather, and when it’s warm, the moisture-wicking properties trigger the body’s cooling system, like sweating to cool off on a hot day.

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2.  The springy shape of the wool fiber helps to move moisture away (instead of absorbing it), creating natural mold and mildew resistance.

3.  According to the American Sheep Industry, “…one wool fiber can be bent back more than 20,000 times without breaking and is said to be comparatively stronger than steel new balance classic shoes
.” Wow, maybe Superman should rethink his suit!
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4.  Wool fibers are able to absorb a wide range of frequencies, and dense layers can be packed into small spaces to effectively absorb sound, making it perfect for soundproofing.

5.  Thanks to testing done by University of Bochum in Germany nike air max trainers cheap
, it is confirmed that Merino wool has a UV protective factor (UVP) of 30+.   Upwards of 70% of samples had a UVP of 50+ (http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/mens-health/health/galleries/photo/-/14496251/the-wonders-of-wool-in-all-seasons/14496263/).

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6.  Most wool allergies are actually reactions to lanolin, toxic chemicals used in processing/carding, or dermal (contact with skin) sensitivities.

7.  Wool is a natural fire retardant. The keratin proteins and high sulfur content of the outer cuticle layers in wool fibers cause more of char, or foaming, rather than bursting into flames.  Think about the last time a stray hair or corner of your nail burned new balance womens running shoes
.  It smells awful, sizzles, melts and singes, but will not burst into flames – thank you keratin!  Still not convinced?  Watch this burn test to see our organic wool in action!

8.  Wool can absorb up to 30% of its weight in water (moisture) without feeling wet air jordan retro 3
.  Once again, the shape of this fiber is to credit for such amazing practicality.  The coil shape allows moisture to stay on each individual fiber while moving away from the source , which translates into absorption without the damp, clammy feel other natural fibers have.  That being said, anyone who has ever washed a wool sweater knows it also gets 30% heavier when wet.
Did I forget your favorite reason why wool is wonderful?  Comment below with your favorite fun facts.

How to Clean your Organic Mattress and What to do if it is Exposed to Mildew

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Occasionally I receive calls from customers who are concerned that their organic natural rubber mattress may have been exposed to mildew. Even though natural rubber is one of the most mold and mildew resistant sleeping surfaces, it can still be susceptible to mold, since organic mattresses do not have any anti-fungal agents added to them like chemically treated mattresses do. Therefore it’s important to know that organic natural rubber mattresses require proper air ventilation and should not be placed on either the floor or a solid wood surface. We recommend using our upholstered wood slat foundation or box spring for a traditional-style bed frame , or with a platform-style bed frame, the slats should be placed no more then 3” apart (preferably 2 ½”).

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I always recommend using our Wool Moisture Protector Pad if one of the persons tends to sleep hot or if there is a risk of bed wetting .

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The other mattress pad we recommend is the Organic Cotton Flannel Pad  for all-purpose protection that’s machine washable and dryable.

Research shows that once mold or mildew is present in a mattress, it can be a health risk to continue to sleep on it. That’s why it’s always a good idea to not only have proper ventilation and mattress-protector pad(s), but to also follow these evaluation tips:

 

• Vacuum your latex mattress and inspect it regularly for stains or other signs of mold. Although latex is mold resistant, if there has been moisture trapped between your bedding and the mattress, there could be mold residue against the face of the mattress itself. Also check the under side of the mattress, between the slats, if using a platform-slat bed frame.

StainOdorKO• Spot-clean your mattress if you find any stains. You can use our Stain & Odor Eliminator for spot cleaning stains. Be sure to test a small inconspicuous area for color fastness before applying to a larger area.LaundryLiquid1000

• You can also mix four or five drops of natural liquid laundry detergent into one cup of cool water and use a sponge or a clean cloth to blot the mixture onto the stain. (Do not rub or scrub, because it can cause stains to spread.) Do not use chemical solvents on your mattress, as solvents are toxic and will cause the latex to break down. (If spot-cleaning, make sure that the mattress is completely dry before replacing your mattress pad and bed linens. Use a space heater or fan to circulate air to dry both sides of the mattress).  However once there is mildew, please keep in mind it may be to the point where you will need to replace the mattress entirely.

Which mattress pad should I use?

It’s a question we’re frequently asked by customers: Which should I choose to protect my (or my child’s) mattress, the Flannel Mattress Pad or the Wool Moisture Protector?
It depends on the situation.

If you’re looking to protect a mattress from a heavily-perspiring sleeper or the occasional accidents that can occur with young children or pets, the Wool Moisture Protector is the one. The natural oils in our California-grown Naturally Safer® wool keep mattresses dry and comfortable in case of even major accidents, especially when layered under the Flannel Mattress Pad. (Doubling up the protection is the best way to make sure nothing gets through to the mattress surface, and you’ll spend less time hand-rinsing and air-drying the wool pad, because the machine-washable flannel pad will be enough protection in most cases.)

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If the mattress getting wet isn’t a concern, the Flannel Mattress Pad alone should be sufficient. Its thick, substantial layers of U.S.-grown certified-organic cotton quilted flannel will keep any mattress looking new for years, and it’s machine washable and dryable for easy care.
Whichever is right for you, choosing a U.S.-grown-and-made organic mattress pad from Lifekind is the best way to protect your investment AND make sure your family is avoiding exposure to toxic chemicals. It’s the one accessory no mattress should be without!