Fall Health – How to avoid getting sick!
Autumn brings wind, beautiful leaves changing colors and sometimes colds and flu. As the season changes so do our bodies and the steps we need to take to remain healthy. It is especially important to protect our body from wind which brings the colds and flu, because when our qi is taxed and/or depleted, the wind can invade bringing disease. This is especially true in the Autumn which is the season corresponding to the Lung system. It is especially important to strengthen and nourish the lungs, the spleen (or digestive system which supports the lungs) and the immune system.
There are many types of qi in the body and each type performs a specific role. Wei qi is the qi that circulates on the most exterior layer of the body, functioning as our first layer of defense against the common cold or flu. Acupuncture and chinese herbs are especially effective at strengthening wei qi – and a timely treatment can reduce the length and severity of acute conditions.
You can strengthen your wei qi outside of the treatment room by practicing the following:
- Dress appropriately for the weather and cover your neck with a scarf, especially on windy days.
- Include warm, nourishing soups and stews in your diet. Good foods to emphasize include pears, leeks, pumpkins, kale, turnip and mustard greens, carrots, sweet potatoes, yams and squash. Dark green and golden orange vegetables are high in beta carotene, which protects the body from viral and bacterial attacks as well as cancer (Source: Healing With Whole Foods, Paul Pitchford, p.313).
- Drink warm beverages and stay hydrated.
- Include a good multi-vitamin in your daily supplements.
If you feel the beginnings of a cold make sure to rest, take a warm bath, and eat a nutritious meal. If your body is still fighting the cold or you do become ill, call for an appointment. We will do our best to get you into the clinic quickly and can sometimes schedule you that day for treatment. If you are someone who catches every cold that comes around, be sure to call for an appointment and start working on strengthening your immune system.
Monique Wheeler, L.Ac.
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