Weathering the Winter Months
Tips and Tricks:
- Always keep your neck covered. The Chinese say that “wind” (which is the onset of a cold) always enters through the back of your neck. When it’s cold outside, especially after an acupuncture treatment, it’s extremely important to keep covered.
- Eat warmer foods and liquids. Cooked foods require less energy to digest: meaning our internal energy can be used to keep our body warm rather than getting used up for digestion.
- Up your vitamin C intake! Oranges, red peppers, kiwi are all great sources. Personally, I’ve recently become a fan of using Zinc/ Vitamin C tablets. To increase your vitamin E levels, try to add foods like avocado, almonds, broccoli, and sunflower seeds to your diet.
- Avoid too much coffee (it’s a dehydrating). However, peppermint, camomile, and ginger teas are great alternatives because they’ll help with digestion, sleep, and nutrient absorption.
- Try your best to get plenty of sleep. We’re most vulnerable to sickness with lack of sleep and high stress. Extra tip for if you: if you have a hard time falling asleep, take 1/4 tsp of raw honey before bedtime. Honey is food for an overactive brain and will help you relax and get to sleep.
- A lesser know trick that I’m particularly fond of is Oregano essential oil. Be mindful as it can cause heartburn in some people, however, when taken daily it helps combat colds and flu.
If you don’t succeed in combating the germs around you and you feel a cold coming on: avoid dairy (anything from a cow). It causes inflammation and will heighten the effects of mucus and bodily discomfort. Avoid spinach (weird, I know!) because spinach is a mucus forming plant and will cause inflammation similar to dairy. And, limiting your intake of refined/processed sugar is also a good idea since it too increases mucus production
In terms of acupuncture and if a treatment can help you stay well…? You’re in luck! Acupuncture helps release heat trapped in the body. It brings the cold more to the surface level and helps prevent it from settling into the lungs. The body will be invigorated with an enormous blood and oxygen supply by attempting to push the toxins up and out of the body.
Stay warm out there, everyone! And stay well.