Even if it isn’t snowy and cold, winter weather affects everyone—including those of us in sunny Los Angeles!  You really can’t fool Mother Nature—or your body clock that ticks along with the seasons. 

During the winter, it is natural to feel a little sleepier, slower and possibly less motivated.  It’s the season of stillness and conservation.  It’s a period of hibernation and our time to rest, slow down and revitalize our reserves.  Winter is a great time of year to reflect on our health, replenish our energy, conserve our strength and heal on a deeper level.

It is always healthy to get some form of exercise daily, but during the winter months it is best to participate in gentler, less exerting exercises, such as, yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, swimming, walking and other low impact sports.  Save the extreme exertion activities for the spring and summer months.

Here are a few easy pointers to support and promote your family’s health this winter:

Sleep.  Early to bed, early to rise, makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise.  Go to bed early and if possible, wake up after the sun appears in the morning.  Extra sleep will also benefit you if feel as though you are coming down with something.  If you do become ill, naps may help you recover faster.

“C” it.  Don’t forget your Vitamin C and other multivitamins.  These can help support your health.

Water, water everywhere.  Drink water.  Every cell of your body requires this liquid gold to keep it lubricated and running smoothly.

Avoid consuming excessively cold foods such as ice cream and iced beverages.  If possible, drink liquids at room temperature.  Too many cold foods, especially during the colder months, can disrupt your digestion.

Take herbs that support immune function.  Astragalus, Osha root, Reishi and Shitake mushrooms are helpful.  These have been used for thousands of years by acupuncturists to keep people healthy and strong.

Come in for acupuncture treatments.  Acupuncture works extremely well when you have a cold, and also as a tune up to stimulate the healing capacity of your body.  If you begin to get the sniffles, body chills, or feel under the weather, give me a call.  I may be able to help!

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