According to the Chinese lunar calendar, spring starts in January or February and ends in April or May. These months have crazy, constantly changing weather which makes us vulnerable to catching a cold or flu.
Staying closer to the rhythms and cycles of nature, makes you healthier and more balanced. Because the element associated with Spring is Wood, we need to balance our wood element for emotional and physical health.
Infants and toddlers should eat specific foods that support and strengthen their digestive systems. Their stomachs and spleens are weak and need extra care.
When to feed your children is just as important as what to feed them. You should think about your child’s digestive health looking at daily and yearly, or seasonal, cycles. Paying attention to mealtimes each day, and what children eat over the course of the year, will help you improve digestion for your little ones and the whole family!
Babies and small children have very sensitive digestive systems, as we wrote in our post Why Babies & Children Get Sick. They need to eat warm food that nourishes but does not strain their bodies. Congee, or rice soup, is the go to food in China for babies and small children! Keep reading for a step-by-step guide with photos on how to make this super food for your little ones! It’s super simple and great for adults too!
Chinese medicine has wonderful health and wellness tips for Winter. According to the Su Wen, “Winter is a cold storage season. Qi gathers in the core of the body. Do not disturb it… Warm up the body, store energy to rejuvenate and preserve life. Or the kidney gets hurt.”
Nourishing the Kidney in Winter is essential
The key word is storage. Many plants and animals store up fat and food and then lie dormant throughout the winter. While winter sports are popular, they actually do not keep you as healthy and fit as resting and preserving your stores of energy. The goal is to curtail supplements and excessive exercise in order to improve your health for the following year. For seniors and children, these tips are even more important in order to stay healthy in Winter.
Our lungs, sinuses, and overallrespiratory system, which includes the large intestine in Chinese Medicine, are vulnerable in the Fall. During Autumn, drastic changes in temperature, dryer air, kids bringing home germs from school, or people coughing in the office often wreak havoc on our respiratory system.
Our most recent posts teach you lifestyle changes and food choices that can keep you healthy in the Fall. Massaging Chinese acpuoints points can also help you build a strong respiratory system. We know you are busy and don’t have time to stay home sick. Prevention is the goal! And…These points will help you get better faster if you do get a stuffy or runny nose, cough, bronchitis, sinus infection, & more!
Some of the best cold and cough fighting foods for Fall come to us from Chinese medicine. Read more to learn about what foods you should eat to stay healthy during this transitional season!
Eating the right foods can help you preventsinus problems, runny noses, a sore throat, coughing, and digestion troubles. They can also help you reduce chronic symptoms from asthma, CPOD, arthritis, and joint pain.