Holiday health

The holidays have arrived and are in full swing! Our December newsletter touches on why Traditional Chinese Medicine is great for this time of year. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day there is a whirlwind of activities: holiday parties, family gatherings, bundling up for cold weather, battling crowded shops, etc. Having fun is fun, but sometimes the holiday season can take a toll on our health.

If you’re not feeling so merry and bright, consider an acupuncture treatment or herbal consultation to help you feel like yourself again!

Common holiday health complaints:

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  • stress
  • fatigue
  • frequent colds
  • bloating
  • constipation or diarrhea
  • heartburn or acid reflux

 Tips to improve holiday health:

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  • Spice it up! – Many spices are digestive aids, so add some to your holiday cooking and baking. Ginger, cloves, cardamom, orange and lemon zest are all great.
  • Avoid overeating – I know this may be hard with all of those yummy holiday treats – but if you can eat more smaller meals versus 2  or 3 larger meals it will be easier for you to digest your food.
  • Stay hydrated – With the colder weather we don’t get as thirsty, but keep the (non-alcoholic) fluids flowing. Nobody wants to kiss dry, parched lips under the mistletoe!
  • Slow down – Lots of commitments this time of year can stress us out. Slow down and really enjoy yourself. Don’t feel like you have to say yes to every social invitation.
  • Be thankful – If you experience a bout of the blues, take a moment and count a few things in your life that you are grateful for. Small or large, this gives us some perspective of what is REALLY important. Family, health, having a warm house, etc.
  • Keep moving – Don’t forget to keep moving your body this holiday. Whether it’s yoga, weights or running – a little gentle movement will keep your qi moving so you feel better. Just remember to bundle up if it’s cold outside!

I hope this short list helps improve your overall holiday health this season! Don’t forget we have gift certificates available in any denomination for your loved ones who could use some holistic health support.

 Happy Holidays everyone! I wish you all a wonderful, happy and healthy New Year!

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