Three Tips for Avoiding Colds and FluPosted: Feb 1st, 2013
The lungs and large intestines are organs associated most directly with the Metal element, as is the skin. Skin acts like a lung for the entire body, absorbing and perspiring nutrients and toxins, just like the lungs do. The health of the skin is a reflection of the health of your Metal element. Keeping the skin warm and protected during windy and cold weather is wise. The lungs are the most exterior organ of the body, the organ that is first contacted by the body's external environment through the breath, so excessive exposure to cold is likely to compromise the lungs before other organs.
Three ways to protect or enhance your wei qi so that you have a robust defense against pathogens:
2) As wei qi circulates, keeping the skin warm and protected with warm clothing is a good idea. On especially cold days, add a hat and scarf.
3) Cardiovascular exercise also promotes the circulation of blood and lymph and, more superficially, wei qi. While it is not wise to over-exert oneself when undernourished or under-rested, it is good to avoid being a couch potato!