Tuesday, November 1, 2011

First comes Halloween, then comes cold season

It's no coincidence that the winter cold and flu season starts after Halloween.
Did you know that 70% of the body's immune system is in the gut? Seventy percent. That means most of the germs you come in contact with sneak in through your nose or mouth, which lead straight into the stomach and intestines. If your gut is too overwhelmed to pass germs through you, it resorts to pushing toxins out another way, via mucous, stuffed nose, stuffy head, fever, chills, cough, etc. The way your gut can get overwhelmed is when it shifts into high gear to process stuff like sugar and processed chemicals. Halloween brings on an onslaught of delicious chewy melty goodness...which is like D Day for your gut. With your gut focused on recycling all that goo, your immune system gets dampened. Then comes cold weather, stress, holiday shopping, family get-togethers, stress, holiday pies, death of diets, end of year audits, and more stress...and voila...you have a tissue-filled winter cold and flu season.

The key to preventing all that is to treat your gut gently. Eat in moderation, starting with Halloween candy. Add in more soups more cooked veggies.

If you still feel like the end of fall and beginning of winter is bringing you down, there are some acupuncture points to help clear out toxins and open up your sinuses, so ask your friendly neighborhood acupuncturist about keeping you healthy all winter long!

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