December 3, 2023
by Delaney

Winter’s Elixir: Nourish Your Body This Winter ✨❄️

As the winter season sets in and December arrives, it’s important to focus on staying healthy and balanced. Chinese medicine offers an alternative approach to health and well-being, emphasizing the importance of harmony and balance in the body. Meanwhile, acupuncture is a beneficial tool to maintain your health during this time of the year. 

In December, the winter season is associated with the Water element, and the Kidney and Bladder are the main focus in Chinese Medicine. These organs are vulnerable during this time, and nourishing and supporting them to stay healthy and resilient is essential.

 

Important tips for December 

Stay warm

Avoid exposing your skin to cold drafts, and wear comfortable clothes such as long socks, sweaters, hoodies, and sweatpants.

Eat seasonal foods

Embrace warm, nourishing foods like soups, stews, cooked vegetables, and grains. Root vegetables and dark leafy greens are great choices. Add warming spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger to enhance digestion and circulation. 

Stay hydrated

Even though it's cold outside, staying hydrated is crucial. Warm herbal teas can help maintain good hydration and support your kidneys.

Acupuncture 

Consider regular acupuncture sessions to support your body and strengthen your immune system. Our practitioners will focus on your individualized treatments and ensure your body is resilient during the winter season. 

Rest and restore

December is the time for rest and self-care! During this time, it's important to know your body’s signal and get adequate rest. Go to bed early and aim for quality sleep to recharge your energy. 

Manage stress

Stress can weaken your immune system and disrupt your body’s balance. Mindfulness, meditation, and deep breathing are great tools to maintain stress and emotional balance. 

Protect your kidneys

In Chinese medicine, the kidneys are considered the body’s foundation. Strengthen them by staying warm, eating well, and seeking guidance from our practitioners for specific treatments can help.

Seasonal detox

Consider a seasonal detox to help your body eliminate toxins. Our practitioners will guide various detox methods during the winter months. 

 

Seasonal food recipes for December

 

Breakfast Hash 🍳

A delicious recipe for better digestion (it’s yummy) 

https://mydaolabs.com/blogs/the-way/a-delicious-leftover-breakfast-hash-for-better-digestion

Stop your cold 🍲

Bounce back your body with this flavorful yet tasty soup recipe

https://mydaolabs.com/blogs/the-way/recipe-cold-flu-chicken-soup

 

Perfect pear smoothie for a cough 🍐

Easy and warming properties to help drive out a cough

https://mydaolabs.com/blogs/the-way/curried-pear-smoothie-for-a-cough

 

In this December, remember harmony and balance are the keys to overall health. Utilizing these tips and continuing treatments enhances your immune system toward healthy well-being.