Winter Solstice｜The longest night of the year, what should you pay attention to for your health?
To welcome the winter solstice today, this is a very important solar term, commonly known as “winter festival”, “long solstice festival”, “yasui” and so on. Did you know that the winter solstice is the earliest one of the twenty-four solar terms? As early as the spring and autumn period, China has used Tugui to observe the sun, except for the winter solstice. Astronomically, the winter solstice is also the shortest day and longest night in the northern hemisphere.
“Today is warm during the day, which can be said to be an unusual winter solstice.” From the perspective of health preservation, the basic principles of “keeping warm” and “avoiding cold” should still be adopted from the winter solstice.
Experts remind that food supplements vary from person to person from time to time. There are popular sayings such as “This year’s winter order will be supplemented, and the next year will be able to fight the tiger”, “Three nines will be supplemented for one winter, and there will be no pain in the coming year.” Winter tonic is mainly divided into food tonic and medicinal tonic, which refers to supplementing the body’s nutrients, regulating and improving the body’s physiological functions, enhancing the body’s disease resistance and improving immune function. “Now, our living environment and nutritional conditions have been greatly improved and changed. In addition, the winter climatic characteristics are uncertain. Especially in the warm winter season, when eating hot food such as lamb, it is not appropriate to overdo Intake of fruits to maintain a balanced nutrition.” Zhao Haiyin said, “People with hot physique should pay more attention to restraint, not excessively greedy for fat and rich taste, otherwise it will easily lead to phlegm-heat stagnation, which is good for people with high blood pressure and hyperlipidemia. The harm is particularly serious.”
During the winter solstice season, the cold air is also busy “restocking”. Around this Friday, another wave of obvious cooling and strong winds will come. Experts once again reminded that the temperature drop, for patients with high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, coronary heart disease and respiratory diseases, we must be particularly vigilant and beware of attacks. “After the winter solstice, there is a big temperature difference between morning and evening, and the New Year’s Day and the end of the year assessments are approaching. Overeating, staying up late, stress, emotional agitation, and not taking medicine on time can all easily lead to the onset of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.”
By the way, this warm winter solstice, have you ever encountered such troubles-sleeping under a blanket until the middle of the night, sweating, feeling sweaty on the chest area or below the waist and legs, but the cover is less and cold; or walking? When I walked, I was sweaty, and I caught a cold when I was wearing less clothes. So I checked the “data” on my own and found that sweating at night is “night sweats”, and sweating during the day is “spontaneous sweating”. Experts pointed out that this is an out of context for sweating. If abnormal sweating occurs, it should be diagnosed by a doctor systematically in the hospital.
As the chill gets stronger, many people will feel chills in their hands and feet. In addition to non-medicinal external treatment methods such as drug conditioning and moxibustion and application, there is also a more “cheap” and simple self-care method: sunbathing and back sunbathing! According to reports, sun exposure in winter can help the body obtain vitamin D and absorb calcium, which is beneficial to the prevention and treatment of rickets and osteoporosis. “It’s better to sit with your back facing the sun in the sun, so as not to burn your eyes; the time is appropriate, with the skin slightly hot, and no rash afterwards. In terms of the intensity of Shanghai’s sunshine, a normal adult usually lasts 20 minutes per day. For 30 minutes, children and the elderly can reduce it as appropriate.” Zhao Haiyin suggested, “Drink plenty of water, eat fruits and vegetables after sun exposure to supplement vitamin C and inhibit the formation of melanin.”