Prevent Colds During the Holidays the Naturopathic Way!

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‘Tis the Season! Holidays are just around the corner, and many of us are hustlin’ to get our Christmas shopping done on time. However, it is also the season of cold winter months. Here are some tips to help lower the chance of catching a cold while out and about.

Keep Warm
In Chinese medicine, the Wei Qi, or defensive Qi, acts like a shield around your body to protect from outside invaders. This is very much like the immune system. However, that shield is the thinnest at the back of the neck and head. So, one simple way you can protect against colds is to wear a scarf and hat while outside.
Sleep is the time when the body rests and heals, when Yang cycles into Yin. If you are staying up late to get everything done before the holidays, that is setting the stage for sickness because lack of sleep weakens the immune system. Make sure that you are getting well-rested sleep.

Boost the Immune System
Believe it or not, ginger and green onion tea can stop a cold in the early stages. In Chinese medicine, these 2 foods can “expel the pathogens” that have invaded the body and caused infection. Simply make a cup of tea with two slices of ginger and the white parts of two green onions.  Steep in boiling water for 5-10 minutes.  You can also add a little honey for flavor.
Other foods that strengthen the immune system include garlic, broccoli, red bell peppers, and citrus.
Wash your hands often and keep them away from your face
Bacteria and viruses can transmit via surfaces such as a door handle.  Be sure to wash your hands regularly to protect against passive infection.  It is very likely you weren’t the first to touch that credit card machine, ketchup dispenser, or door handle.

Do you have congestion year-round? Do you get frequent sinus infections? Is so, there may be (underlying reasons) other things going on. Contact KCIH.

At KCIH we address the underlying cause to your concerns.  We evaluate you as a whole person, determine your level of health and if necessary provide natural methods to bring you to vibrant health.

Posted on December 22, 2016 .