Thursday, October 13, 2011

5 Ways to Rev-up Your Immune System

FIVE WAYS TO REV-UP YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
 
As I write this, we in Mont-Tremblant are experiencing the first real blast of cool weather since we officially entered the fall season last week.  You know,  the kind of blustery day that makes you want to carve up a pumpkin or tend a simmering pot of stew, or just curl up with the cat!


Its also the kind of weather that prompts me to get in touch and remind you that acupuncture is preventive medicine-especially as  cold and flu season approaches.

It directly accesses the immune system to fortify it, giving you the resistance of what the Chinese call the ‘Jade screen’. I invite all of you to make a fall-winter tune-up appointment for sometime between the end of October to mid November.

In the meantime here's what you can do on your own to keep your immune system humming!

  • Remember to wash your hands frequently.
  • Be vigilant about your diet.  Cut down on sugar, a known immune system suppressor, and spend time in the kitchen cooking up healthy, homemade soups and stews.
  • Stay active but avoid exhausting yourself with exercise. 
  • Learn how to cope with stress. Research over the past 30 years has demonstrated a link between chronic stress and suppression of the immune system.  Learn and practice restorative yoga, meditation, or Qi Gong, an ancient self healing system, or just make a habit of taking a few moments for yourself to recharge and simply breathe.