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5 Ways to Stay Healthy this Winter

Healing Vibes

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.

Eat Garlic  

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.

How to Strengthen Your Immune System

Tyson Ruhge

With the change of seasons, we can all use a boost to our immune systems.  Along with proper diet, low stress, and getting enough sleep, we can use Chinese Medicine to prepare for the change of seasons.  Many people count on Acupuncture for the Immune System. These amazing treatments include Moxibustion, Acupuncture, and Chinese herbs.  

Moxibustion is a Chinese herb called Mugwort, which is safely burned during treatments on specific acupuncture points on the body.  A really amazing scientific fact about this herb is that when used on these acupuncture points, it actually triples your white blood cell count within 10 minutes!  These white blood cells are what your body uses to help fight against many viruses and bacteria in common colds, flues, and other respiratory disorders.

Chinese herbs have truly amazing properties that help strengthen the immune system.  Most commonly used in my clinic is the formula Immune +Plus.  This herbal formula has the herbs Astragulus and Ganoderma Mushroom just to name a few.  These two herbs are very powerful at keeping your body balanced, and keep you from getting sick!  This formula is taken a few times per day in capsule form.  It’s also great to take when traveling, a time when we are confronted with many germs on airplanes and in airports.

Using these powerful natural medicine modalities to prevent our bodies from getting sick is much safer than getting sick and resorting to antibiotics.  Antibiotics harm the digestive system, making it even easier for us to get sick next time around.

immune smoothie

immune smoothie

Along with Chinese herbs, diet can play a major role in our immune system!  Here is a great example of a smoothie to make at home which will definitely benefit our immune systems.

Immunity Booster Smoothie

  • 1 orange

  • 1 apple

  • 2 handfuls of spinach or kale

  • ½ of a lemon (peeled)

  • Tip of your thumb size nodule of ginger

  • ¾ cup berries of your choice

  • 3 ice cubes (optional) (it's better to keep our bodies warm and not ingest too much cold foods during the winter months)