Supporting Your Optimal Health:
10 Tips for Cold & Flu Season
Hello friends of Groundswell Acupuncture!
Fall and winter are officially here. The leaves have withered on the trees, the days are shorter, and a chilling breeze is in the air. And if you look out the window today — there's snow on the ground and those mountains are accumulating a really nice base of snow.
With these wintry changes also comes the dreaded cold and flu season. Do you ever wonder what you need to do to help prevent colds and flu's from ruining your day/week/month?
Below, please find my favorite methods for: Self-care, immune enhancement, and seasonal recommendations.
- Live in accordance with the seasons: Enjoy the shorter days! Allow your body to sleep as needed. Enjoy the quiet times of your day. Watch the sunset with friend. Bring closure to any unfinished projects from the end of summer. Sit, read a book — be still.
- Eat with the seasons: Discover what you are naturally drawn to: warmer foods, heartier foods, slow-cooked foods, (healthy comfort foods). Reduce the amount of raw and uncooked or cold foods such as salads and cold smoothies. Increase your consumption of soups, stews, squash dishes, and steamed vegetables. Incorporate foods that are naturally high in Vitamin C and Zinc: broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, mushrooms, skin-on potatoes and sweet potatoes, turkey, beef, fish, etc.
- Protect your neck: Traditionally, the back of your neck is where a pernicious cold can enter your body. To prevent a cold from attacking this vulnerable area, where a scarf, cowl, buff, turtleneck, high collared vest, or your preferred neck-warming accessory.
- Reduce immune-weakening foods: refined sugars, alcohol, greasy foods, and cold food will all reduce your body's ability to fight off a cold.
- Use warming spices in your cooking: If you're making a soup, or a hearty hot breakfast cereal, consider increasing the following spices: ginger, cinnamon, clove, allspice, cardamon, cayenne, and garlic.
- Use Essential Oils: My favorite essential oil for immune defense is Thieves Oil. Place 8-10 drops in a diffuser and enjoy the aroma. Or, place a drop on your hands, rub them together and pat on the back of your neck. This ancient blend combines oils of lemon, clove, cinnamon, rosemary, and eucalyptus. A must for cold prevention in the household.
- Dry Skin Brushing: Using a natural, stiff-bristle brush, brush your skin from you toes towards your heart. Do this before you shower. This helps renew your skin, and also stimulates your lymphatic system. Moving lymph is one of the best ways to support your immune system.
- Neti Pot: Use a saline and baking soda rinse for your nasal passages. Neti pots are great for many things. Among them — clearing out any residual airborne allergens, bacteria, dirt, or other that may create an immune response. So, clear those passages and open up those sinuses!
- Chinese Herbal Medicine: If you feel like you are getting a cold, DO NOT HESITATE — BOOK AN APPOINTMENT WITH ME! Chinese herbs are your ticket to freedom. At Groundswell Acupuncture, I am happy to do an herbal consult for your specific needs. Every person is different and many colds and flus can be different. There are many great options to support your immunity such as: astragalus, ginseng, perilla, cordyceps, and more. See me for the best recommendations.
- Acupuncture: Getting regular acupuncture treatments can also help keep you balanced and healthy. If you feel like you are getting a cold, DO NOT HESITATE – BOOK AN APPOINTMENT WITH ME! Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can also be extremely effective in shortening the duration of a cold or stopping it from even starting.
If you feel you need a little extra support or would like to strengthen your immune system, call today for an appointment.