This is the time of year when nature is seemingly dormant. Trees have lost their leaves, plants have shriveled and faded, and many animals hibernate. Nature is pulling back its energy to rest, restore and renew to prepare for the activity of spring.
We are also part of nature. What happens inside our bodies is mirrored in the outside world. This is a time to rest, nourish our bodies with warming foods and reflect on our life’s journey.
The kidney and bladder meridians are most active during winter. “The kidney provides the essence that feeds and renews our life energy.” They also support the reproductive organs, bone, marrow, spinal cord, hair, teeth and brain.
The kidneys are adversely affected by cold weather, excessive cold drinks, lack of sleep, excessive physical work, excessive sexual activity, also excessive salty and spicy foods.
To support the kidneys during winter:
- Get plenty of rest, 7 – 8 hours a night if possible
- Stay warm
- Stay hydrated, many heating systems are drying.
- Eat warming foods – soups, stews, whole grains, root vegetables, roasted nuts, garlic, ginger, walnuts, and fish.
- Exercises which produce energy such as tai chi, yoga, and qigong help to keep the body warm.
- Have your energy balanced with acupressure or acupuncture.
- Meditate to calm the body and mind.