During these upcoming winter months, we find ourselves coming down with nasty colds and flus. We start sniffling, coughing, and loosing our energy. I'm here to tell you that this doesn't have to happen. If you focus on these 5 ways to stay healthy this winter, you'll have the tools to combat unwanted viruses and bacteria.
Garlic is such a strong antibiotic and antiviral. I recommend at the first sight of sniffles, to eat 1-3 cloves or raw garlic per day until symptoms are gone. The best and most potent way to do this is to cut up the clove, then let it sit for 10-15 minutes so that the enzymes start to react. Then, chase down the chopped up clove with a glass of water. It can also be used many times per week as a preventative.
Cook with Bone Broth
Bone broth is very high in protein and it helps to strengthen our blood. In Chinese medicine, we think of blood as our barrier; almost like the brick on a brick house. The stronger the barrier, the less likely unwanted pathogens will attack us and go inside our body. Cooking with onions in the broth or another form of protein like check is a wonderful way to strengthen our immune system. Also, to eat for meals when you are sick. This will speed up the recovery time.
Get Enough Sleep
Even though we all know this, I cannot stress enough how important it is. Sleep plays such a major role. Not getting enough sleep will definitely get you sick. When you are sick, it is important to get more sleep than usual. Take a break from your work and just rest. Drink enough liquids, and sleep for hours! You will wake up feeling so much better.
Protect Yourself from Cold Weather
When going outdoors when it's cold, always make sure to cover yourself, especially around the neck and shoulders. The energetic channels running along the neck and shoulders are prone to invasion. This means that pathogens like to insert our body here. Always wear a scarf!
Get Regular Acupuncture
Getting regular Acupuncture not only increases your immunity, but it can also help you fight off a cold. Doing this with herbal medicine treatments will strengthen your barrier, or help you get over sickness faster.