As a non-emergency healthcare provider, I am committed to helping our community during this time of uncertainty by minimizing contact with clients.
Currently, the guidelines set forth by the CDC and public health officials are the best strategies for prevention. Hand washing, social distancing, and risk mitigation will go far in controlling the spread of COVID-19, especially in our most vulnerable communities.
During this time, it is important to focus on staying healthy. As you think about how to support your immunity, I encourage you to consider these guidelines:
- Eat well. Soups, stews, and other warm foods are best. Avoid cold, raw food as much as possible (including smoothies and green drinks). Above all, limit sugar, alcohol, and dairy, which contribute to phlegm production and compromise the lungs.
- Sleep. Your body’s immune system gets recharged during sleep. Now is not the time to stay up late.
- Stay warm. Be especially mindful of cold air on your neck and avoid getting cold feet as much as possible. If you go outside to exercise, which I recommend if you feel well, bundle up.
- Drink plenty of water. This is especially important for older adults, though we should all take this to heart and drink a little extra.
- Minimize emotional stressors. Undoubtedly, this is a difficult time for us all. Commit to finding ways of staying emotionally tuned-in to your innate wisdom. This is your best and greatest ally in staying well.
Our therapeutic relationship will outlast this period of uncertainty, and I am confident my work as an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist will play a positive role in helping our community heal. I look forward to seeing you in my clinic once this crisis has passed.
Until that time, may we all share the medicine of love without hesitation.
In good health,