The weather turns, the winds pick up, and someone close to you sneezes. An ominous shudder comes over you: Is this the cold that will do you in this fall?
This page will cover some resources to help you keep on top of how to stay ahead of the ick or shorten the duration of a current bug. Fall and winter don’t have to be horrible… don’t let yourself get run down, and if you do, you can turn it around! Keep up with your regular acupuncture treatments, and help yourself to some home care.
Noah and Nicole have online stores with Natural Partners (use access Code PekoeWell1410 to take advantage of a 10% discount), and Designs for health. These patient portals are available to you as a client at Pekoe to order high grade vitamins, herbs, and supplements that have been recommended to you. Some of the below recommendations are featured on Natural Partners.
- If you feel a cold coming on, or are around a lot of other people who are sick, I generally recommend Gan Mao Ling or Yin Qiao to ward off the cold and nip it in the bud. Take within 48 hours of onset and until you’re 24 hours clear of symptoms for best results.
- B Complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, and Zinc are good for prevention, supplement a cold, as well as shorten duration. I like Emergen-C or Airborne to dose up on some good vitamins quickly, and they’re great for travel!
- Flu can be a doozy…. If you feel that deep ache, extreme fatigue, and fever you can try Oscillococcinum…. which you can find at CVS! Make sure you take according to directions and don’t skip a dose or stop taking it early! It’s quite effective for knocking the flu out in the beginning stages, or at least shorten the illness by a few days.
Keep warm! Wear socks, cover your neck, wear a hat, and protect your ears. If you feel a chill, warm up! If your skin is cold to touch, cover up!
A foot bath is a great way to prevent a chill before bedtime, and a lovely way to relax and unwind. You can find foot tubs online, I found one here! Use Epsoms Salts or a nice Mustard Bath for a little extra oomph.
Avoid a lot of cold foods, ice or chilled drinks. Hot tea and room temperature water are best during the colder months and is easier on digestion.
Take your vitamins, eat well, rest, exercise, and stay ahead of the game!
- A good food derived multi is great, and Juice Plus is a source for high quality multivitamins which are also available in chew-able form! I recommend these because they help to bridge the gap between what you are consuming and the recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables.
- A balanced diet, including lots of water, will help prevent you from getting sick because your body won’t have to do a whole lot extra work by breaking down and processing unnecessary things. Excessive intake of processed foods, sugars, and inflammatory foods can cause sluggishness and other issues. Your body is doing enough trying to acclimate to the weather change, stay warm, process what is going on in the world, sleep, wake up, eat, rinse, repeat….. so give your body a break and give it some high octane fuel to keep the engine going. Drink one to two large glasses of water first thing in the morning to get things moving and set a good foundation of hydration. Fall is drying, don’t let it get you chapped!
- Adequate rest and recovery is necessary during the colder months. Everything else is slowing down, and you should too. Maybe this is the time for you to try a nice steam at the gym, or here at Pekoe! Don’t feel bad about taking a day of rest or sleeping in a little more (and coming in for a massage or Reiki!). Leah’s Ayurvedic work can help a lot if you find the season change a difficult time.
- Sometimes exercise is the last thing you want to do on a chilly day. Trust that you will enjoy moving around, getting the blood pumping helps relieve tension, and you get to feel good about yourself getting out there and doing it. Cardiovascular workouts are amazing treatments for symptoms of stress, minor aches and pains, and increases metabolic heat to help the immune system. Just make sure you’re not getting chilled after working out. You don’t want to invite a cold, or you’ll have to read this all over again!