1. Cover your wind gate!
It’s that spot between your shoulder blades, just below your neck. Pretend you’re shivering for a moment – feel that spot that tensed up? That’s your wind gate. In TCM, that’s your weak point, where it’s easiest for the wind to carry airborne pathogens into your body. Protect this spot! Wear warm scarves when you’re outside, and watch out for drafts when you’re inside. If you only do ONE thing, do this.
2. Keep eucalyptus essential oil on hand
Take a nice, deep whiff of eucalyptus essential oil every day to keep your nasal passages and sinuses clear of hostile invaders. Research shows it has powerful antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal effects when inhaled.
If you still end up feeling like you’re fighting something, put a few drops of oregano oil in some warm water, and gargle. Be sure to let it hit the roof of your mouth and the soft palate at the back. It’ll agitate your mucus membranes, and force the pathogens out. (I’d have some tissue ready if you do this…you’ll need it).
3. Get cupping and acupuncture
Come in for a treatment every 4-6 weeks to pump up your energy, reduce stress (which we know weakens your body), and expel lurking nasties. Research published in the field of autonomic neuroscience shows that acupuncture regulates your immune system, helping it to fight off a wide variety of infections.
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4. Minimize dairy and sugar
Dairy and sugar create dampness and phlegm in your body, making it harder for your body to fight off pathogens. Cut both out completely if you do catch something and your recovery time will be MUCH shorter.
5. Bundle up after working out
You might still feel hot, but your pores are wide open if you’ve been sweating, which means your system is particularly vulnerable to drafts and the cold. You just finished boosting your immune system by exercising – you don’t want to undo all your hard work!