It seems like as soon as the holidays start the colds, flus, and sinus infections do too. Aside from being bummed out about it, there are some pretty simple things you can do daily to give your immune system the help it needs to keep you feeling good and functioning well.
Cover Your Back!
What?! Yeah. True story. Put on a fleece vest. Your body has to work harder and burn off more resources to keep warm – resources it could be using to fight off the airborne bacteria your lungs suck in all day, every day. There are acupuncture points across the upper back and shoulders I use to help you fight off infections and stay healthy. Keeping those covered will keep you healthier.
Keep Your Feet Warm, Too.
There isn’t much insulation in your feet. But you know what is there? The acupuncture and reflexology points on the bottom of your feet correspond to your inner organs. Warm feet = happy organs = better immune response. Wear shoes that fit well and invest in warm socks. Darn Tough socks from Vermont are my current favorites. (And no, I didn’t get paid to say that.)
Diet….Isn’t It Always?
Yep, it is. During cold or even cool seasons you need foods that warm your body. I’m not just talking about the temperature of your food either. Foods have a definite action inside your body apart from how or if it is cooked. Take a look at this little chart for a brief overview of how foods affect your internal climate.
But wait. If you really want to do it right, come see me. Let’s figure out what your internal landscape looks like and talk about easy diet changes you can make to help yourself better. You might already be too “hot” inside and need some cooling off. Don’t just dive in without understanding more!
Want more information? Check this article out: How to stay healthy this winter with Chinese medicine.