Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. And then hydrate again. And follow some of these simple tips below to help moisten and replenish this almost-post-winter condition.
Go to my website www.ThereseSibonAcupuncture.com under Self Care – look for instructions on how to use a neti pot.
Be patient at ﬁrst, and stick with it. This is an amazingly beneﬁcial way to keep your sinuses hydrated and to protect your immune system from germs and viruses.
Take long, luxurious baths, adding in Epsom salts.
For an additional health beneﬁt (physical, mental and spiritual), add in some essential oils to the salts before putting in the bath water. This slows down their evaporation. Thyme oil is perfect for strengthening the immune system, lavender is great to add in as well. They make a lovely combination.
If you have humidiﬁers, keep them running! If not, maybe it’s an end-of-season sale item to purchase?
Drink it. A lot. Some people like the standard 8 glasses. Sometimes halving your weight in ounces is a marker. For instance, if you weigh 120 pounds, that’s 120 ounces, cut in half is 60 divide by 8 – that’s 7 1/2 cups. Another way is to look at the color of your urine when you pee – if it’s fairly clear, you’re on the right track. Of course, meds and supplements make alter the color, so keep that in mind.
Consider NOT using ice – the body is, normally, 98º – if you drink iced water, your body has to work hard at bringing the temperature from freezing back up to its norm of 98º. Why make it work? Also, it is not good for digestion. Oftentimes, drinking warm water can soothe digestive upset.
Just make sure you drink water pretty consistently throughout the day. Other ﬂuids are great, but get in your plain old H20! It’s a great way to re-energize during an afternoon slump.
PEARS as DIETARY THERAPY
Here’s a simple, excellent recipe to moisten your throat and provide yin support. Yin represents what we need to remain hydrated – yin is moistening, cooling, dark, introverted, quiescent, receiving, embracing. The energy of winter, the element of Water.
Yang, on the other hand, represents the energy that is light, heating, extroverted, active, forward-moving. The energy of spring, the element of Wood.
Pears are known in Chinese medicine dietary therapy to moisten the lungs – which we have dried out after much indoor forced air heat. It is not surprising that I see many people in my practice with a hacking cough they cannot quite shake. These dry conditions can also lead to dry skin and a dry, scratchy throat. Listening to people’s voices, here in the northeast, there is a low, sort of groaning quality to the sound in this moment. Pears will help all of that. Deliciously.
SPICED PEARS with COCONUT OIL
4 pears – core and cut up in large pieces, unpeeled Anjou, Red, Asian pears are great. Bosc are ﬁne as well, though not as moist a fruit as the others
cinnamon stick (or powdered)
fresh ginger – could use powdered, but I highly recommend fresh
cardamon seeds – if you like them – crush them a bit to release the seed from the pods
In a saucepan, place the pears and spices and some water to cover. Cook over low heat, til pears are soft.
Remove from heat. Add in a few tablespoons coconut oil, to taste.