Springtime is a period of growth and renewal. It’s also a time for drastic weather fluctuations, from snow, heavy rain, wind, and sunshine. During the springtime, you may experience traveling body pain that comes and goes, insomnia between 1 and 4 am, headaches, PMS, irritability, shortness of breath, or visual disturbances. Also, the variations in temperature outdoors can weaken your immune response, so colds and the flu are still a risk.
If you feel unbalanced proper self-care behaviors such as good sleep hygiene, stress management, and routine acupuncture can help you through this transitional time of year. Diet can also play a beneficial role in regulating your body until summer arrives. The following dietary recommendations can help keep you healthy through spring:
- Chard and kale
- Garlic Chives
- Brown Seaweed
- Black sesame seeds
- Prawns and shrimp
- Coriander (in small doses)
Avoid or limit:
- Food coloring
- Large quantities of hot spicy foods
To learn how Chinese medicine dietary therapy can support your health, contact Boynn McIntire, licensed acupuncturist in NE Portland, for a free consultation.