Nourishing Our Health Through Winter - Part 1 | Prevention

December 18, 2017

Nourishing Our Health Through Winter - Part 1 | Prevention

by Rachael Henrichsen

As the weather grows cold, and in many places more damp, we must keep a keen eye on our digestive fire, to keep our bodies feeling their best in this cold season. Soups and warming herbs play a key role in keeping our immune systems strong as well. Shifting the diet to include more cooked food and less cold foods (salads and smoothies) is ideal for winter. When we check in with ourselves about how we are feeling on a regular basis, we can begin to set a baseline for how it feels to feel good and use this intuition to avoid getting sick.

Working in a health clinic, I have had to develop ways to protect my health both energetically and physically. I can feel when I am caring too much, or using too much of my own energy to sympathize with someone. I have had to learn the hard way that I can only give so much, and that going beyond that point compromises my own health – leaving me unable to help anyone. Keeping myself strong, positive, and having good boundaries has helped my relationships and my ability to help my patients. Studying medicine and being in that environment has helped me to learn some great tips that I am excited to share.

And remember – getting sick isn’t the end of the world. It is actually a window to learn more about our own health and bodies and to get better, build our immune resistance and detoxify. 

For days when we feel run down and days where we come in contact with a lot of sick people:

  • Vitamin C powder (500 mg) mixed with water, sourced from acerola cherries (which I have found to be a potent and organic option)
  • 1000 mg/Two capsules of powdered reishi mushrooms (I really like Fungi Perfecti companies Host Defense Reishi, which is also organic)

Vitamin C boosts the immune system and is a potent antioxidant. Reishi is an edible mushroom, known for its adaptogenic properties. Adaptogens are very special plants that have the ability to interact with our bodies in an intuitive way, changing their effect based on the needs of the body, helping us adapt and adapting to our needs. A daily dose of reishi has the potential to cure seasonal allergies. If you like to eat mushrooms in food, the maitake/hen of the woods mushroom is also an excellent immune tonic – and tasty too!

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