The following are some tips to get you through Fall healthy and happy:
~ Get Regular Acupuncture. Acupuncture treatments can support your immunity, increase energy, reduce stress, boost your sense of well-being and can help you transition through the seasonal changes while maintaining good health. Because Fall is associated with the Lungs and Large Intestine (Grief and Letting Go) regular treatments can help you let go and focus your attention on the future.
~ Eat Warm Food. Put aside the raw and cold foods and start eating warm, cooked foods. This boosts immunity and conserves energy. Warm food is also easier to digest, by supporting your digestion you are supporting your lungs as well.
~ Avoid sugar, dairy, and anything white or processed because they form mucus. If you feel a cold is coming, try something with spicy and pungent flavors. Add onions, ginger and garlic to your meals.
~ Get Sleep. Sleep is essential for good health. When you are sleeping your body is actively healing and repairing itself. Poor sleep can be linked to risk of heart and kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke. Not to mention, some people are prone to crankiness and increased clutziness (aka accidents). Having problems sleeping? Acupuncture can help (it is one of Wildflower Acupuncture’s specialties).
~ Let Go. Owning then letting go of old ideas and stuck emotions assists in making peace with yourself and the people around you. By letting go of outdated emotional and idealistic paradigms you are able to open space for new projects, ideas, and emotions. This can also be closely tied to physical things as well. Organizing and letting go of what you don’t need also has a direct correlation with how you feel.
~ Sweat. Movement is essential to maintain a healthy body weight. It also promotes the smooth flow of energy, so if you are prone to seasonal depression it will help you move through those emotions in a healthy way.
~ Get Outside. Living in Colorado we get to experience the change of seasons first hand. The leaves start to change color and if you are able, you can experience the annual Elk bugling in Estes Park as they emerge from Rocky Mountain National Park to find their snuggle buddies (which is way cool!). Also, just walking around strengthens your lungs, which in turn helps your immunity (just make sure to wear a scarf and to bundle up if it is cold outside).
This summer has been fun and full of activity, I am excited for Fall and all of the new experiences that it has to offer.
Happy first day of Fall!!