Winter is considered the time of year that reflects the Kidney energy. It is a time of going deep, into darkness, and resting. The kidneys hold the energy responsible for new growth. This includes aging (our personal physical growth), new life (conception and reproduction), and our bones and essence (marrow, brain, and nervous system). All in all, it is the deepest part of us, the part that we tap into when we need an extra boost, the part that is with us when we are born.
During this time of year, many of us start to feel tired, lethargic, and blue, which are often symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The warming energy of our bodies (what we consider the Yang Qi), has to work very hard during this time of year. Yang Qi is responsible for movement, growth, and warmth.
There are many things that we can do to help boost this warming Qi of our bodies. I bet you’ve heard of most of them before, like exercise to warm the body, “happy” lamps, and spending as much time in the sun as possible. But, there is one that I am especially excited about. I have been telling those I work with for years to eat soup regularly, preferably broth with bones. Yep, I am talking about the hip “new” drink, bone broth.
An article about bone broth was recently published in the New York Times. Bone broths are becoming all the rage, with new restaurants opening in both New York City and Northern California that sell this amazing elixir by the cup or the quart. It has been known though out history and across most cultures to nourish the body, settle the stomach, boost the immune system, and settle your nerves. (Think of the old “chicken soup” treatment for colds). New research is showing that it may provide benefits for inflammatory diseases, digestive problems, and even dopamine levels.
Can I say it again? I love this! We at Selby Acupuncture are in the business of using ancient wisdom to support and heal the body. It seems that our old advice is becoming hip and new once again.
I encourage everyone to make bone broth at home, and see how they feel after trying it. Just a cup or so a day can really make a difference. There are a million easy ways to do it, so search online for “bone broth,” or check out the NYT article linked above.
And, if you are looking for an extra boost, consider stopping by the clinic to pick up our herbal soup mix. The recipe makes bone broth with nourishing and tonifying herbs, and it is delicious!
(written by Julie)