Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches that humans should live in harmony with the seasons. Following the natural rhythms of each season can help people stay healthy throughout the year and support the immune and organ systems to ward off disease.
Winter is a time of repair and rejuvenation and is associated with the kidneys, which hold the body’s fundamental energies. Rest is important for revitalizing the kidneys and this is why some animals hibernate during the winter months. Winter is also a really good time to turn inward and do some reflection. Tai chi, qi gong and yoga can be very beneficial during this season by helping us connect to our inner selves, relax the mind, and calm our emotions while supporting the kidney energy.
There are many foods that are beneficial to eat during the winter season like squash, potatoes, root vegetables, winter greens, cabbage, carrots, apples, pears and mushrooms. Warming foods such as soups and bone broth are highly recommended. Some foods that specifically target and nourish the kidneys are black beans, kidney beans, lamb, walnuts, chicken, dark leafy greens and black sesame seeds. It is recommended to cook items for longer periods of time, on lower heat and with less water, as the food should be warming as well as nourishing.
When we align ourselves with the natural processes of life and the seasons, our bodies will adjust and perform optimally. Be the healthiest you possible and take cues from the seasons.
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