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Tips for staying healthy through the Winter

From: Tips for a Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit.,

Tips for staying healthy through the Winter

Seasonal changes affect the body's environment. With the wind, rain, and snow comes the colds, flu, aches, and pains.

Here are a few tips to staying healthy this winter:

  • Wash your hands regularly. Studies have shown that one of the main reasons that we catch colds and flu in the winter season is that we are indoors and in closer proximity to others in cold weather. Protect ourself by washing your hands regularly and try not to touch your face.
  • Get plenty of sleep. The Nei Ching, an ancient Chinese classic, advised people to go to sleep early and rise late, after the sunʼs rays have warmed the atmosphere a bit. This preserves your own yang Qi for the task of warming in the face of cold.
  • Reduce stress. Find a way to relax and release stress on a daily basis. Such methods may include yoga, meditation, biofeedback, simple relaxation therapy, or whatever method you use to release the stress and pressures of modern life.

Foods for Winter

Winter is a time when many people tend to reduce their activity. If thatʼs true for you, itʼs wise to reduce the amount of food you eat, too, to avoid gaining weight unnecessarily. Avoid raw foods during the winter as much as possible, as these tend to cool the body.

During winter you should emphasize warming foods:

  • Soups and stews
  • Root vegetables
  • Beans
  • Miso and seaweed
  • Garlic and ginger

Eating warm hearty soups, whole grains, and roasted nuts help to warm the bodyʼs core and to keep us nourished. Sleep early, rest well, stay warm, and expend a minimum quantity of energy.

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Sharon Gordon, M.Ac., L.Ac is a New York State licensed, National Board Certified, Five Element Acupuncturist. She studied with J.R. Worsley, the world-renowned professor of Classical 5 Element Acupuncture and has had additional training in Doctor Tan’s Balance Method, Japanese Meridian Therapy and Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation.

Sharon has over 10 years of experience successfully treating patients with chronic conditions as well as women’s health issues that include menstrual, fertility, and menopausal disorders.

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