According to Traditional Chinese Medicine there are five seasons: winter, spring, summer, late summer and fall. Winter is associated with the kidney. In order to tonify the kidneys and increase our energy for the rest of the year it is important to use the following guidelines:
In TCM, the season of winter is a time of repair and rejuvenation. Winter is associated with the kidneys, which hold the body’s fundamental energies. Rest is important for revitalizing the kidneys.
- Make time for Inner Reflection
Winter is a really good time to turn inward for some reflection. Journaling and meditation are beneficial during the winter season to relax the mind and calm our emotions These practices help us connect to our inner selves, while supporting the kidney energy.
- Eat warm, seasonal foods
Proper nutrition during winter can boost your kidney energy for the rest of the year. Foods that specifically target and nourish the kidneys, include kidney beans, beef, goose, duck, black beans, lamb, chicken, dark leafy greens, garlic, ginger, walnuts, quinoa, asparagus, celery, onion, fennel, scallions, cloves, watercress and turnips
- Treat yourself to some Acupuncture
Acupuncture is one of the best ways to boost the kidney energy. When we align ourselves with the natural processes of life and the seasons, our bodies will adjust and perform optimally, just as they are intended to.