Thursday, January 17, 2013

Flu phobia? Boost your immunity.

Had the flu already this season? Once or multiple times? 
Instead of walking around in fear of it, here are some reminders to help your immune system auto-correct symptoms early:

·        Repel: Wash your hands, wash them often.
·        Release: Eliminating toxins through urine, stool, and sweat keep viruses and bacteria from festering. Another way to draw out toxins is by taking a bath in epsom salts.
·        Romp: Your lymphatic system helps removes toxins and manage hormones, and it relies on your movement to circulate, so… play! Anything from stretching to spinning is important to activate your immunity.
·        Reboot: Get your shuteye. Aim for 7+ hours. Naps count.
·        Replenish: Eating whole foods that are in season and packed with vitamins and minerals fuel your blood cells, which renew themselves every 120 days. And you already know this: drink more water!
·        Relish: Emotions play a role in your health. Anger, fear, anxiety, grief and depression dampen your immune system. Get plenty of Vitamin D and seek out joy in your life to regulate your feel-good hormones like serotonin. 

Take a second to check-in with your body now and see if any adjustments or tune-ups are needed to get you through this season. If you or your family keep getting knocked down by the flu, you may want to consider visiting your nearest acupuncturist to get additional help boosting your immune system.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

In anticipation for the year that lies ahead

A poem, by Rainer Maria Rilke:

The Future

The future: time's excuse
to frighten us; too vast
a project, too large a morsel
for the heart's mouth.

Future, who won't wait for you?
Everyone is going there.
It suffices you to deepen
the absence that we are.

Translated by A. Poulin