Balancing Internal Organs is key to promoting health during the cold winter months.
Winter represents the most yin aspect in Chinese Medicine and diet and activities should be adapted to enriching yin and subduing yang.
First, be aware that extreme cold weakens the body’s immune system. It also impairs blood flow which creates opportunities for virus and bacteria invasion. The end result is that more people get sick during the winter months. Flu, common cold, asthma attacks and respiratory infections are common ailments of many people.
How can you avoid getting sick?
- Keep warm, especially keep your feet warm. Dress sensibly and avoid hot and cold changes.
- Understand that most body heat is lost through your skull. Wear a hat and bundle up when you go outdoors.
- Eat hot food at mealtimes. Add ginger, cooking wine or spicy dressing to your food.
Fresh ginger will help you avoid the common cold. It also helps avoid sinus infections, sore throats, coughing and body aches. Fresh ginger will relieve vomiting and nausea due to stomach upset or pregnancy. It will provide a mellowing effect on foods that are strong. When you are cooking meat or seafood, add a few slices of ginger. You will notice that the food tastes better! Ginger also makes foods safer to eat.
We suggest that people with runny noses, sore throats and general body aches make a tea as follows and drink it one to two times a day.
- Smash 50 grams (4 tablespoons) of ginger in a bowl
- Add two cups of water and boil for 20 minutes.
- Drink at least one full cup while it is still warm.
Try these simple suggestions and experience improved health during the winter months!
Dr. Hailing Fu