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Tips for Winter Health: Kidney Season

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Kidney is the powerhouse of the body; supplying reserve energy to any organ running low on Qi. Its partner organ is the Bladder. The season associated with the Kidney is the Winter so it’s especially important to slow down and conserve energy by getting more rest, so let's get into it!


1. Wear socks! KD1; which is the first point in the channel is on the bottom of your foot, we want to keep it nice and warm.

2. No cold or raw veggies like salads, raw carrots & celery and most importantly cold drinks with ice! Switch over to warm drinks and be mindful of high sugars.

3. Eat foods like broths, beef/lamb even seafood. These are all foods that build strong Kidney function. Listen to the body, and eat what you are in the “mood” for. The kidney organ-meridian is traditionally associated with the colour black in Chinese medicine, and blue-black foods are believed to strengthen and nourish it, so include eggplant, black sesame seeds, black beans, wood ear mushrooms, plums and seaweed in your diet. Other foods traditionally regarded as nourishing to the kidneys include walnuts, figs, raisins, brown rice and other whole grains, plus hearty broths and soups and warming casseroles.

4. Fear is the emotion associated with the Kidney. If you often have severe panic attacks, anxiety, and fear, your body may be trying to tell you that Kidney energy is running low or is imbalanced.