Eat Right for Winter By Neka

Neka Pasquale practices Chinese medicine (acupuncture and nutrition) in Marin County, CA

Eating foods that are warming like soups and stews help to keep our kidney energy healthy as is drinking chai tea on a cold day. Instead of eating cold foods straight from the refrigerator let them warm to room temperature. It is advisable to avoid phlegm and damp foods, such as dairy products, fired foods, cold foods like ice cream, all foods containing white sugar, white flour, and foods that are highly processed.

To stay healthy during the cold winter months:

-avoid overeating

-get a good night’s sleep

-stay warm

-eat healthy lots of organic fruits and vegetables

-wash hands regularly

-reduce stress with things like yoga, meditation, or acupuncture

-regular acupuncture can boost the immune system and prevent colds and flu

Easy Medicinal Miso Soup Recipe for Common Cold

4 tablespoons red miso paste

5 organic green onions/ scallions chopped

6 cups filtered water

Bring water to boil. Add miso paste and stir to dissolve. Cook for 10 minutes on very low flame. Chop scallions and sprinkle a tablespoon on top of miso broth.

This is an ancient Chinese remedy for the common cold. The soup is indicated for the beginning of a cold with a headache, stuffy nose, and slight fever. The miso paste strengthens the stomach energy and detoxifies which will help dispel the cold. The scallions are warming and pungent which promote sweating to relieve the cold and flu symptoms.

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