With the cold and the rain here, and perhaps even colder days and nights to come here are a few tips on avoiding catching colds and flus this winter.

  1. Keep warm – the most important parts of your body to keep warm include the nape of your neck. This is where the wind points are found. Wear a hoodie, collar and definitely a scarf.
  2. The cold will be coming up through the floor in your home or workplace. Wear your slippers, or jandals over your socks to keep the cold coming in.
  3. Keep your head your warm. It’s amazing how much more comfortable one feels as soon as you start to feel warm.
  4. It takes a fair amount of energy for your body to keep lovely and warm, so give it a hand, so it can focus on protecting your body.
  5. Don’t cancel your appointment with your Acupuncturist. If you have a cold come in and have a good back rub or gua sha to lift the cold out of your body. Inhale essential oils. I have the perfect winter blend here in clinic to dispel lurgies.
  6. Get enough sleep. Now is the time, to pretty much hibernate. The more you restore and recoup now, the more of an abundance of energy you will have by the time the spring and summer comes.
  7. Eat nourishing soups and stews. Slow cooked rooty earthy food is what should be on the menu. Fill up your thermos in the morning and have a warm bowl at lunchtime. Become best mates with your slow cooker. Prep your food at night, and in the morning just flick the on switch. And come home to beautifully succulent hot food.
  8. Get some warming medicinal food into your diet. These include ginger, cinnamon, cloves and spring onions.
  9. Keep your body dry. I mean dry on the inside. Foods that clear dampness include beans and pulses. Get into your aduki beans, black-eyed peas, butter beans, Cannellini. The list is long. They can be had in stews, home-made baked beans, warm salads and so quick to prepare rinsed from a tin, or soaked overnight. Foods that create dampness that should be avoided now include dairy products, eggs, tofu and soy products, pineapple (and all tropical fruits) and concentrated sweeteners. [1]
  10. Spend time outside. Let your body experience the cold so it can tune into the season. And let the sun hit your forehead, where your hormone centre is found to help produce your happy hormones.
  11. Take 5000IU of Vitamin D3 a day.[2]
  12. If you are feeling run down and do get inundated with a cold or flu come into clinic where we have Acupuncture and cupping to hand, herbal remedies, vitamins and minerals to give you a wee boost and get you feeling right in no time.

[1] (Pitchford, 2002)

[2] (A review of the critical role of vitamin D in the functioning of the immune system and the clinical implications of vitamin D deficiency, 2011)