Blog: At the Willow

Don’t give the pathogen a reason to stay..

Build a strong immunity

Eat whole organic foods

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, if the upright qi and our defensive qi are strong then the pathogen cannot live.

Here are some recommendations to help build our immune system, nourish ourselves, increase our ability to handle stress, and prevent illness:

  • Zinc lozenges containing vitamin C, elderberry, or echinacea are good as prevention.
  • Gargle with dilute apple cider vinegar or salt water
  • frequent hand washing
  • keep stress levels low
  • get plenty of sleep (at least 8 hours)
  • exercise, walk, yoga, qigong
  • eat steamed or sauteed vegatables, warm soups or stews
  • limit ice cream, fried, greasy, spicy foods, and alcohol
  • eat pears! they moisten the lungs
  • meditate, laugh, listen to music to calm the mind
  • stay informed but limit news intake

Let food be your medicine..

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In Chinese Medicine, the first line of defense is our wei qi or defensive qi which is guided by the lungs. The foods we eat can either build our immunity or damage it. 80% of our immunity is our digestive system which has a relationship to the lungs. Eat pears to moisten and nourish the lungs, quench thirst, and clear heat. Warm soups, stews, steamed or sauteed vegatables are easy on our digestion and don’t require the energy needed to break down cold or raw foods. The result is increased energy and improved sleep which enhances our immune system making it stronger to fight off pathogens that try to enter the body.

Avoid foods that are greasy, spicy, sugary, or dairy products as they increase mucus in our bodies which can cause stagnation and slow digestion resulting in a decrease in energy. Doing our best to minimize these foods help build immunity.

Drink green tea to detox the body and get a dose of antioxidants. Add fresh ginger to aid digestion and honey for a natural sweetner. White tea is also good a few hours before bed to calm your mind and it’s also full of antioxidants.

Other ways to build immunity

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Exercise, moving the body is important to keep energy flowing and strong. It helps improve sleep, mood, calms the mind, and aids in digestion. Being sedentary makes us feel lethargic and effects our mood and sleep. Take a walk outside in the sun, do some yoga or qigiong.

Sleep to rejuvenate, so important to rest and restore your body to keep it strong to resist illness and disease.

Meditate, pray, laugh, find joy, read a good book, listen to music to lift your spirits and calm the nervous system.

Acupuncture & Chinese medicine

Acupuncture is an effective way to boost your immunity, decrease stress, and improve sleep. Herbal formulas are available to support the organs associated with our immune system. Homeopathetic injections and B12 are offered in the clinic as well which help prevent illness and restore balance in the body.

Please remember you are a healing machine designed with the intelligence to fight disease and heal. A lot of our communities are extremely stressed, have depression, worry, and fear. Practicing nourishing behavior and self care can benefit all of us, our families, and community.