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What is Yin?

Yin is one half of the balance which exists in all things. It’s nature is that of nurturing, stillness, cooling, calming. Anxiety, restlessness, poor sleep, nervousness, irritability, agitation, dry skin, muscle stiffness and joint pain can all be signs of yin deficiency. How does one replenish yin? By eating cooling and nourishing foods…. Vegetables like Asparagus, artichoke, potato, spinach, sweet potato, tomato Fruits like apples, avocado, banana, mango, pineapple, melon Berries like strawberries, mulberries, raspberries Pulses like Peas, beans, tofu Dairy like eggs, cheese, milk, yogurt Meats like beef, pork, Drink Water, Nettle Tea, Chrysanthemum tea, smoothies and juices. (Caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks can deplete the body’s yin) Get a list of yin tonifying foods here By living a calming and nourishing lifestyle…. Avoid rushing and give yourself time to complete the tasks you need to do Take a nap during the day and go to bed earlier – but avoid going to bed on a full stomach Limit screen time in the evening Limit fearful experiences – scary movies and edge of the seat video games Walk more and connect with nature whenever you can Meditate and allow for moments of stillness during the day Allow space for self love and relaxation By incorporating more gentle movement into exercise routines… Walking, Qigong, taichi, yoga. Can Acupuncture help? Yes, acupuncture helps the body correct the natural transformation between yin and yang, and can as a result help increase yin. If this article raises any questions, or I can be of help, please get in touch on 0864059898 or by email.

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