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Keeping Your Immune System Strong! Tips, Tricks, and Treats!

Keep your Immune System Strong!

Prevention saves a pound of cure.  Let’s talk about our first line of defense when it comes to ‘Flu Season’.  Our Immune System!  A happy, healthy, and strong Immune System is our first line of defense when it comes to avoiding the flu and other viruses and bacteria.  Here is a simple list of things you can do to stay strong and healthy during this time:

~Get plenty of sleep~

When you’re low on sleep, your body is vulnerable to attack from pathogens that you would otherwise be able to fight off. It’s during sleep that your brain signals to your body that it’s time to make and circulate the hormones and proteins necessary to keep your immune system in excellent shape.

What is a good sleep routine?  Shut down electronics at least 1 hour before you go to bed.  Opt instead to read a good old-fashioned book to help you nod off.  Make a cup of Chamomile & Peppermint tea.  Use a couple drops of lavender in a bedside diffuser.  Create a sleep haven in your bedroom.  Try and get a good 7-9 hours of real sleep, uninterrupted and long enough for your body to heal and recharge.

If you are struggling with sleep, we have some great things for you.  Herbal formulas like ‘Suan Zao Ren Tang’ – can help.  Getting regular massage treatments can also help your body to relax and promote sleep.  Adding the lymphatic upgrade to your massage will support your immune system and help you sleep!

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~Acupuncture~

The use of regular acupuncture treatments and moxibustion has been shown to help fortify and strengthen the immune system, making it very resilient to viruses and infection.

How acupuncture works,   regular treatments help the brain increase the body’s level of T-cells; cells which destroy bacteria and harmful viruses in the body.  The effect can last days after treatment – bringing the body into balance and strong enough to fight off any germs you may encounter.

Regular acupuncture treatments, in conjunction with TCM herbal formulas and healthy eating and sleeping habits will keep your immune system strong and healthy.

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~Healthy Eating~

Fuel the machine!  The human body needs fuel to function properly,  but as you wouldn’t put cheap petrol in your car – make sure there is food in your food!  Nutrient dense foods, Organic grass-fed meats, the herbs and spices you cook with.  Healthy oils and fats.  Here is a short little list for a good starting point:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Broccoli
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Spinach
  • Garlic
  • Ginger (Sheng Jiang)
  • Turmeric (Jiang Huang)
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Tea (Black & Green)
  • Avocado Oil
  • Elderberries
  • Miso soup
  • Sweet Potato
  • Chicken
  • Lemongrass (Xiang Mao)
  • Astragulus (Huang Qi)
  • Angelica root (Dong Gui)
  • Rosehips

A few things you can put together with the ingredients above.

    • There is something to be said for Home-made Chicken Soup!
    • Try your hand at making Flu-Killer Ginger/Miso broth (recipe coming soon).
    • Think warming broths, thick & hearty stews and soups
    • Warming tea blends with Lemongrass, fresh ginger, elderberries – you can add rosehips as well for an extra boost of Vitamin C.
    • Homemade Congee – Thick soup/porridge made with Chicken and rice.

I hope you enjoyed this little blurb.  Be healthy, be happy, be YOU!  See your smiling faces soon.  Pop in for some tea and say HI!

 

 

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