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Take cues from Mother Nature this winter. It’s cold and dark, so slow down, stay inside, and rest. The ancient Chinese believed that human beings should live in harmony with the natural cycles of their environment.

Winter is also ruled by the water element, which is associated with the kidneys, bladder and adrenal glands.

In nature, winter represents yin; it is inactive, cold and damp. Reflect on your health and consolidate your qi throughout the season to prepare for the spring renewal and rise in energy. In traditional Chinese medicine, the kidneys are considered the source of all energy within the body. They store the reserve qi so that it can be used in times of stress, fear and change, or to heal and prevent illness. With the harsh elements of a Wisconsin winter, your qi can easily become depleted, so nourish your kidneys to preserve your qi and prevent an imbalance in your body.

Download our FREE WINTER HANDOUT with all of our favorite tips to stay healthy this season.