We all can feel it. The mornings are getting colder and so are the nights. The leaves are falling and I am personally so excited for the aspen trees to start changing colors. Fall is here!
For most, fall conjures up memories of cozy holidays and trick or treating. For me, it means an influx of patients is on their way!
The reason why is that fall is famous in the acupuncture world for tight muscles and poor immune systems. People throw their backs out, a summer full of fun has ruined their immune systems and they get cold easily, kids get more stomach aches, and headaches abound.
For my pregnant moms, it means more back pain and the possibility of labor stalling, more morning sickness, and a higher chance of edema in the legs.
Saying this, all of these can be easily avoided and I am going to tell you how. So stick with me for some excellent DIY health tricks to keep you and yours healthy through the changing of the seasons.
First, let's cover some simple biology. Water retains cold more than heat. Water and cold air tend to sink while hot air tends to rise. Think of this in terms of a large cup of water. Heat the water to body temperature or even a little below to match the average basal body temperature of most of the population. Let's say, 97 degrees. Now add ice water to the cup equal to 1/4 of the cup. It doesn't take a lab rat to guess that the outcome will be decreased water temperature.
So let's take that same experiment and put it into the context of your body and add a variable, the air temperature outside of it. It's still warm outside but not as hot as it was a week or two ago, right? Yet most of the population is still guzzling down cold food and drinks and wearing as little clothing as possible in an attempt to cool down their bodies.
This creates a low core body temperature (like it did with the glass of water). In turn, the function of the immune system decreases, muscles become cold and rigid, and the body isn't able to regulate it's temperature optimally. So feet freeze, heads and upper torso's are always hot, irritation abounds, and nothing is working the way it is supposed to. None of this sounds good, right?
This situation can be hell for pregnant moms as the balance and regulation of body temperature is even more acute and important. For example, morning sickness can become a constant and horrible complaint in the first trimester. In later stages of pregnancy, rigid muscles and general lack of energy can interfere with healthy childbirth.
So how can you avoid this? The good news is it's simple! The following are 5 quick and easy DIY tricks to warm up the body, avoid health issues, and sometimes resolve current issues.
Spoiler alert: If you are my client then you have probably heard many of these several times before!
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