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7 TCM RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THIS COLD/FLU SEASON:

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14 Jan 7 TCM RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THIS COLD/FLU SEASON:

1.  PREVENTION: :
Chinese Medicine is a great preventative medicine, it is recommended for people prone to colds to come during the transition of Fall to Winter for a treatment that will tonify their defensive “Chi”, or energy.

2.  BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM:
You can boost your immune system by taking supplements like VIT C, and herbal tincture blends like with Echinacea, Astragalus and Propolis.   For a costume herbal formula please see your Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner.

3.   FOOD AS YOUR MEDICINE: 
Its super important to have a balanced and healthy diet.  Try to eat much less solid foods and a more liquid based diet, like soups. Try not to eat many raw and cold veggies, but rather steam or boiled them.  This way your body stays warm and doesn’t deplete energy through the digestion, but rather use that energy for your defense system.  Also try to avoid phlegm forming foods like sugar, alcohol and diary.

4.   HYDRATE: 
Our bodies are 80% water, and its through water that we can eliminate toxic pathogens through our breath, sweat, urine and bowel movements.  Try to drink 2 liters at least every day, preferably room temperature or warm, again because if you drink cold water, this will deplete your energy and immune system.

5.   STAY WARM: 
Bundle up when you go outside to cold weathers.  In Chinese Medicine we believe wind is the carrier of external pathogens into your body, so avoid direct contact of any cold winds.  Another great way to stay warm is to drink delicious warm teas, like for example Lemon, Honey and Ginger Tea is great because Lemon has Vit C, Honey gives you that extra energy and and Ginger is a Chines Herb that helps you clear toxins, protects your stomach and warms your body.

6.   STAY ACTIVE: 
Staying home all day in front of the computer is no good!  Try to do some stretches, go to a yoga class, go up to the mountains and enjoy the beautiful BC nature.  Exercise is great to get your heart pumping, your blood flowing and prevents external toxic pathogens to linger and stagnate in your body.

7.   BE HAPPY:
Smiling and Laughing have a natural uplifting effect on us!  It can help you bring down your stress and thus protect your immune system.  Try to surround yourself with people that make you smile.  Also try to do at least one activity a week that makes you truly happy, that could mean a yoga class, snowshoeing, a hot bath with candles and a book, a movie night with your girlfriends, anything that makes you relax and enjoy life!!