There are many things we can do that can help boost our immune system, especially over the colder months. Looking from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, the most natural way to boost our immune system is through food.
The goal is to encourage self-healing through boosting the immune system. TCM emphasizes a diet rich in diverse foods and colors through vegetables, broths and herbs. In addition to this, the temperature of what you consume matters! Having cold food and drinks is not the best for digestion, warm and room temperature are preferable.
As the weather changes, our bodies will have to defend themselves from external pathogens. We have compiled a list of some great immune boosting foods:
Ginger: This powerful food is loaded with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea properties. Ginger can also improve digestion, and support the immune system.
Fermented Foods: These types of foods contain live and active cultures which populate in our digestive tract to help fight bad bacteria and improve digestion. Examples include kimchi, plain yogurt, sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar (with the mother) and miso.
Astragalus Root: A herb that has a variety of benefits, including ones related to immunity. Astragalus can help prevent colds and upper respiratory tract infections, and has antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Bone Broth: Bone broth can increase immunity and assist with digestion. It can be consumed alone or made into a delicious soup of your choice. The warming nature not only is great for your digestion but can promote healing.
Questions? Our team at South Point Acupuncture would be happy to answer your questions and even give you suggestions of great foods and recipes you can incorporate into your diet.