If you’re trying to get pregnant in winter, it is really important to learn how to manage your energy and moderate activity when you are tired. In the winter months we require more rest and periods of non-activity. The Kidney energy, which is at its lowest in winter, is the source of all energy in the body and requires a good balance of rest and activity.
In the winter months we require more rest and periods of non-activity.
Learning to slow down and take adequate rest is vital if you want to boost your fertility. Fertility is a peripheral need and not necessary for our survival and if you continually run on empty it can eventually impact on your reproductive capacity.
Here are my tips for winter fertility:
Get an early night
My first rule is that nothing good happens after 2 in the morning (except childbirth). According to the Chinese health clock our Kidney energy takes a dip at around 5 in the afternoon. So take a leaf out of my book and lie down for 30 minutes it will really boost your energy. If you can’t actually lie down then put your head on your desk and turn your phone off for 15 minutes. You will be far more productive if you take this mini Kidney break.
Never drink the punch at parties
Christmas can play havoc on your health; never drink the punch at parties. This was the one piece of advice my mum gave me when I came to London and it has stood me in good stead as you never know what it in it. But the basic rule is don’t mix your drinks.
But a drink isn’t always a bad thing
If you are trying to conceive you have probably cut out the booze. This is wise but a glass of something to celebrate and when drunk while eating food is no bad thing. Sesame seeds are a great liver tonic and off set the effects of alcohol
Eating dinner at 7 o’clock is ideal as you’ll then have 10-12 hours through the night without food, which gives your body a break. Breakfast really should be breaking the fast
Eat cooked food
Eat mainly cooked food.
Stock up on lemons
Start the morning with hot water and lemon. Lemon soothes the Liver Qi (energy) and helps the body naturally cleanse and repair.
Cut out salty snacks
Avoid snacks that are high in salt like peanuts and crisps. Which dehydrate the Kidneys Not only do they make you drink more but they also pile on the calories. Olives are a much better chose of snack or traditional Christmas nuts that you have to crack yourself. Nuts straight from their shells are full of Zinc
Keep moving (but don’t go crazy)
Make sure you keep moving so don’t completely stop your exercise, perhaps swap it for nice country walks. Practice QI Gong which is the Chinese way of building and moving energy in the body
Focus on your digestion
Eat foods that help support the kidney energy. Seaweeds and beans are helpful and are a welcome break from heavy meat dishes. Sesame seeds sprinkled on vegetable is a good tip and including some fermented foods such as sauerkraut will really benefit your digestion