6 Tips, Including Acupuncture, to Promote Winter Wellness

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So, here we are right smack in the middle of winter, home of the holidays along with cold and flu season. So why not be proactive and take steps to promote health and hopefully prevent illness? Here are a few suggestions to promote winter wellness.

  1. Dress for the season, not necessarily the temperature. Our bodies go through seasonal shifts and are “in winter” even though the outside temperature might be unseasonably warm.
  2. Wear a scarf, indoors and outdoors. Meridians that affect the respiratory system travel through the neck and up into the head. Cold, or worse, cold combined with “wind,” like a draft, can bring on a scratchy throat, sneezing and a runny nose very quickly.
  3. Wash your hands often and be careful about touching things that many other people touch, like phones and fixtures in bathrooms.
  4. Get plenty of sleep. Winter is a time for hibernation for a reason. Winter “energetically” is time for building up the deep reserves needed for the big push of Spring.
  5. Invest in some supplements considered good for supporting the immune system, such as Vitamin C, Zinc, Echinacea and probiotics.
  6. Schedule an acupuncture treatment to support your body’s natural defenses. We can often catch problems before they have a chance to develop. If you find you have frequent colds, sinus infections or feel lethargic, an energetic “tune-up” might be a great idea.

Wishing you all the best,