The immune system can only perform its protective functions if the nutritive system upon which it derives nourishment is serviced appropriately. Immunity takes care of itself if the organism is adequately nourished!
The change of Seasons is often a time when the body, if tired, will show up symptoms of imbalance. Spring is a time of blooming, the starting of up and outward energy, and after the dormancy of winter, many ailments can surface or resurface. Skin complaints, respiratory disorders, allergies, intolerances, fevers, just to name a few.
Acupuncture is effective in building one’s Energy, and therefore Immune System, and reducing inflammation which in turn relieves hayfever, allergies, common colds and skin complaints.
One must investigate one’s own ideas and beliefs about nourishment!
Foods to include for increased immunity:
Fresh Green leafy Vegetables
Seaweeds: Wakame, Nori, Arame, Hijiki, Kombu, Agar-agar
Miso: there are several varieties depending on grain or bean combo used, and aging time.(miso soup – “Spiral Foods” – I believe is the best one, having no added preservatives and msg). Easy to buy instant varieties. Good for summer is the Shiro (white rice) variety.
Walnuts, Pecans, Sesame seeds, (seeds better roasted and/or ground)
Green Tea, White tea, Dandelion Tea, Black tea
Chicken liver, Chicken, Turkey, Beef, lamb, Organic kidney, Tuna, Anchovy, Sardines
Sauerkraut, Umeboshi Plum, White rice, Roasted barley, Spelt
Pumpkin, Sweet potato, Squash, Carrot, Corn, Parsnip, Onion Garlic, Turnip, Leek
Chick peas, Black beans, Yams, Peas
Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Fennel, Turmeric
Molasses, Dates, Rice syrup, Barley malt, Palm sugar
Stewed fruit, Cherries, Blueberries, Chlorella
Foods to avoid:
Cold, uncooked, excess raw salads and fruits (esp. Juiced and citrus), wheat sprouts, tomato, millet, excess sweets, excess salt, brown rice, antibiotics, vitamin c, beer, ice-cream, dairy, chocolate, seeds, nut butters
All food must be thoroughly chewed
Simple combinations of few ingredients
Smaller and regular meals
No excessive fluid with meals
Refrain from over-eating, missing meals, eating while working.
Mostly cooked and warm foods
Soups, broths and stews are easily digestable