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Monday Morning Acu-Minute by Karen Johnson

Staying well in winter weather can be tricky.  Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself in the cold weather, with the coughs and sneezing, holidays and all.

Scarves!

One of my all-time favorite winter suggestions…wear a scarf indoors and out. When the neck area is exposed to cold air, especially damp, cold air, like in a cold work environment, a restaurant with overhead fans, or walking around on a windy, damp day, it actually affects the lungs and leads to a cold. The first sign of a scratchy throat or sneezing means you are being affected. Cover up quickly!

Nutrition

Take vitamin C, zinc, astragalus, olive leaf or your other favorite immune boosting herb or vitamin every day to protect you from the inside out. Remember to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables for their valuable nutrients.

Minimize sugar. Right! Over the holidays? Too much sugar contributes to inflammation and weakens the immune system, leaving us more susceptible to catching a cold or coming down with the flu.

Sleep

Remember to sleep. Lots of healing happens when we sleep.

Of course, wash your hands frequently, if you share a phone with someone, consider wiping it down with an alcohol swab between users.

Acupuncture!

Treatments during the winter months help keep you well. You don’t have to wait for symptoms. Sometimes we can catch things before they have a chance to develop, or abbreviate the course of a cold, cough or sinus problem before it goes too far.

Wishing you all the best in the coming winter weather,