This happens every year. I see it over and over right about this time of this season. The last dreaded cold snap returns this weekend when we are least prepared for it!
The weather forecast says some cold and rain will likely return to the Dallas area for a short revisit on Saturday and Sunday. Expect cold and damp conditions. But why is this so significant?
Every year in early Spring, after an enduring Winter, the sun comes out, jackets come off, and our energy opens up. We begin to feel recharged, motivated, and maybe even romantic… Spring is in the air!
Yet with the ‘energetic opening’ associated with Spring comes a liability. Immune systems which have been in tight buckle-down over the cold season have loosened and relaxed for the first time in months. This can leave many of us fairly vulnerable to airborne pathogenic invasion. Last week this would not have been a problem, but with the cold and damp weather returning for a stint it makes a volatile combination. In my clinic I see this every year with many patients:
- Spring makes an early debut, and we all feel refreshed and ‘opened up’ from the sunny warmer conditions.
- Immune systems relax and loosen, leaving us vulnerable to the inevitable last-gasp cold snap.
- The cold and damp returns, bringing with it all the makings of a cold or flu.
- Compromised immunity leads to easy infection… and you’ve got the bug. Great one day, sick the next!
The best plan now consists of a few simple guidelines to keep secure this weekend:
- Stay warm and dry. Seems obvious, but would you plan to leave the house with a jacket and scarf before the weather turns? Don’t get caught with your proverbial pants down!
- Keep your neck covered and warm, especially. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the back of the neck is a vulnerable area for exposure leading to colds and flus.
- Support your immune system through digestion: avoid cold & chilled foods or drinks, and stick with warm cooked stuff exclusively until we are past the final cold snap… then enjoy Spring foods and all that fun stuff.
- Grab a bottle of an immune enhancer, or get early treatment if you do get sick — don’t lose a whole week or more fighting off a bug when you could be enjoying the great outdoors next week.
Watch out this weekend, have fun, but DON’T GET SICK!
Ok, Take Good Care!