We all know how the flu bug has been rampant during this winter season. In fact, many of us have been sick more than 2 times over so far these last few months. I have never seen anything like this in my 28 years of life. I really think it has a lot to do with our food supply; antibiotic, hormone-ridden animal products…pesticide ridden produce…food allergies ( esp to gluten). Maybe we are just on overload at this point; not giving our body what it needs to stay clean, detoxified, or even have a functioning immune system. Everyone is racing out to get flu shots, while I know many patients & associates who have gotten them & still get the flu. Or the shot makes them sicker. I am not advising anyone on what to do & not to do, medically speaking. But there are ways you can keep healthy through lifestyle, acupuncture, and essential oils to boost your immune system. Here’s how the Chinese stay healthy in the cold weather:
1.) In Chinese Medicine, as well as being a naturally intuitive concept, Winters are a more sensitive & inward time. It is the time that corresponds with the energy of the the Kidneys & Urinary Bladder. This is the time to get PLENTY of rest, good nutrition, relaxation, and sleep. They say go to bed with the setting of the sun and rise later in the morning.
2.) Since the weather is colder in the winter, you need to adjust your diet and eat foods that produce more heat. Don’t go heavy on the carbs or portions because we are naturally less active in the winter (as we should be) so we need be careful of putting on extra lbs. Foods include: little to no fruit, because its not naturally grown in this non-tropical climate during the winter months; steamed/baked/sauteed vegetables, soups are especially warming & good. Root vegetables are especially right for the winter diet. Ginger ( in tea and as a spice) & garlic & cayenne pepper are good and add heat to meals. Beans are a good source of warm protein. Red aduki beans nourish the kidneys. Cooked whole grains suck as millet & buckwheat are good for the intestine& elimination. Ocean foods like fresh fish & seaweed are also good because they nourish the kidneys as well.
3.)Deep breathing exercises, Yoga, and Tai Chi are excellent forms of exercise for the winter months. In the winter, inner strengthening is important, especially clearing the body of excessive stagnation.
4.) Utilize essential oils at home to keep you and your family healthy! Young Living’s Thieves Blend consists of Clove Oil (Syzgium aromaticum) ,Lemon Oil (Citrus Limon)
Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum), Eucalyptus Oil (Eucalyptus radiata) and
Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis) all of which are antisepctic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. Rub some on the bottoms of your feet, take 2-6 drops internally, or diffuse liberally in your home or office. This is a natural way to prevent the flu & is also strong against a mutant strain of the virus!!! (The flu shot is not resistant to a mutating virus & may be harmful to small children & the elderly)
5.) Get Acupuncture! With regular treatments, you and your acupuncturist can boost your immune system through needle stimulation, moxibustion, and herbal therapies. They can even help you kick a virus out if you feel like you are getting sick. Make your appointment today!