How To Prepare For And Have A Healthy Winter!
Winter is coming….
How to prepare for and have a healthy Winter!
This health update is brought to you by Lauren Dulberg L.Ac, MSTOM, owner and acupuncturista at Acupuncture Buenos Aires.
Here in Buenos Aires there is no snow, no ice, just damp cold to the bone days and houses without central heat. So it is important to follow these recommendations so you can stay flu free and easy on a Winter’s day.
Take It Easy + Retreat
As summer is the time of Yang and outwardness, it is when the earth is telling you to tap into your best extrovert. Winter is the opposite. It is the season to go within, find your inner introvert and go with it. The image is that of the hearth, a grand fireplace glowing in a darkened room. You’re wrapped in wool blankets writing poems, drinking tea with honey, Joni Mitchell is playing in the background and the snow is falling outside. What more could you ask for? Hibernate, meditate, take it easy, restore your energy and healthy you will be!
Warm Nourishing Foods – Only!
This is a very important part of staying healthy in winter. In Chinese Medicine this is the time of the Kidney and when the Yang Qi is very low. In order to preserve and strengthen our system, we must eat warm nourishing food. Soup and stews are your best friends! Here are some of the best ones to supplement those Kidneys, warm the body and protect your immune system. Chicken, coriander, mussles, rosemary, lamb, goat, sesame seeds, millet, sweet potatoes, fennel,nutmeg and anchovies to name a few.
Foods to limit: Salads, smoothies, cheese, raw fruits and veggies – Why? Because our Spleen and Kidney Yang decrease in the winter and cold foods can damage them even more. The spleen is a cold wet organ in Traditional Chinese Medicine and when you give it cold food during cold months it can impair the digestive system and the ability for the spleen to do it’s job which is to make Qi ( life force energy) and metabolize our food properly.
The sun setting earlier is no coincidence. Try and preserve your Qi by going to bed around 11 pm the latest since our bodies need to work extra hard in the Winter months and need those extra hours of sleep. So get under your warm blankets and enjoy your Winter dreams.
Acupuncture for Immune Support!
Did you know there are special points on the body that have been researched and proven to increase your immune system. Not only can Chinese medicine prevent you from getting sick by strengthening your immune system but it can also help you get better, quicker. We have special points that nourish the lungs, get what we call “ heat” out of the lungs or “cold”, vent out sickness and also points that dramatically decrease fevers.
Enjoy the season, stay warm and healthy!
Lauren Dulberg L.Ac, MSTOM is the owner and acupuncturista at Acupuncture Buenos Aires based in Almagro, Buenos Aires. Contact her via email: info@acupuncturebuenosaires.