Five Tips to Remain Healthy As Winter Approaches

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1 – Eat Healthily:

Fresh fruit and vegetables are abundant in summer, and satisfy our body’s needs for vitamins and minerals in order to remain healthy and prepare for the leaner winter months ahead. As summer gives way to early autumn, there are still plenty of healthy seasonal foods available such as, apples, plums, pears and a variety of berries. Among home-grown seasonal vegetables, we can still find carrots, celery, leeks, cabbage, kale, spinach, courgettes, broad and runner beans, tomatoes and some varieties of pumpkin and squash, etc. As we move on towards late autumn and the days get colder, we should try to eat progressively fewer raw foods such as salads and gradually reintroduce more cooked foods to our diet to avoid exhausting our digestive function.

2 – Take Exercise:

In summer, the body absorbs a lot more oxygen than during the rest of the year. One reason for this is that the trees are in full leaf and actively manufacturing oxygen, but also because the weather is finer, daylight hours extend into the evenings and warm sunshine entices us to spend more active time outdoors. Even though daylight hours are now getting shorter and the weather cooler, we should continue to try to boost our oxygen intake by getting some regular daily outdoor exercise – walking, even for a short time, is known to be very beneficial. That way, we will experience increased energy levels and improved mental wellbeing. Even mild exercise is good, which leads me to the next tip…

3 – Enjoy walking in a Natural Environment:

Exercising doesn’t have to mean spending exhausting hours in the gym; it can also mean going for an enjoyable walk in the countryside. In Chinese Medicine, breathing primary Qi (primary oxygen) is essential for staying healthy, which means walking in the woods, on the hills or by the seaside can be very life-enhancing and beneficial to the health. Also, in many medical systems, including Chinese and Ayurvedic, it is believed that even the colours of the natural world have healing properties.

4 – Get Plenty of Sleep:

Good sleep is very important for preserving health and, to be physically and mentally active, our bodies need appropriate rest. Summer can be a time to “recharge batteries” but we also tend to sleep less due to the longer days and a more active lifestyle. Now, with the evenings closing in, we need to take a little more rest. From mid-September onwards, eight hours of sleep a night should be adequate for most people to feel refreshed and energetic.

5 – Consider Acupuncture:

Perhaps you are now thinking that the foregoing advice makes good sense, but you are lacking the motivation or energy to apply it. Maybe you simply feel that you don’t have time for all of this, which may be because you first need to ‘reconnect’ with your body and may need a little help in achieving this. Acupuncture can provide this help as it promotes healing of the mind and body, allowing both to ‘communicate’ again. Even a few acupuncture sessions can boost energy, lift the mood and help promote feelings of health and wellbeing which, allied with the above tips, can help prepare the body to face the day to day challenges of life.

“It is my mission to help everyone who comes to see me regain or improve their health and start enjoying a better quality of life.” says Cyrille Bonnard, BSc(Hons) PGCert MAFPA MBAcC.

Cyrille initially graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree, and completed postgraduate studies at the Guiyang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Wang Ju-Yi Applied Channel Theory Research Center in China. He is committed to further developing his skills and knowledge by regularly returning to Beijing, China, to study at the Wang Ju-Yi Applied Channel Theory Research Centre.

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