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Flu Germ Warfare

Germ Warfare (and Fall Recipes!)

You never have to wonder when the cold and flu season is around the corner. The pharmaceutical industry will be sure that you are reminded of its arrival. You need not leave the fate of your health and wellbeing up to the workings of vaccines alone. You can add the strength of the innate power that runs your body and the living world around you.  Acupuncture treatment helps to improve your body's immune response and neuron inter-communication (nervous system). Eating fresh, seasonal foods aids in your adaptogenic resilience.

The reality is that germs alone don’t make you sick. Rather, your body’s inability to fend off germs and foreign invaders is what results in you succumbing to illness.

Think about it… How is it possible that a family of 5 people living under the same roof can have completely different reactions during flu season?

Assuming everyone is exposed to the same germs and viruses, if the sickness were attributed completely to the virus, everyone would get sick and exhibit the same reaction and symptoms.  What happens in reality is that one or two family members get ill while the others either have mild symptoms, or none. Clearly the issue is not solely the germs, but the body’s response to them, caused by an individual’s immune systemresponse.

Chances are the last time you got sick you were running yourself ragged, missing sleep, eating improperly, slacking on your nutrition, all stressed out from work, and neglecting your workouts. This is a vicious pattern that many of us fall into and it’s one that weakens the body and allows germs to take hold.

Your best defense against the flu, colds, or any other germ-borne illness is not found only in vaccination, but also by bolstering your internal defenses. You stand your best chance of being at your healthiest when you have an optimally functioning nervous system and immune response.

So come in for an acupuncture tune-up, keep your lifestyle habits in good order, and maintain a positive attitude. Do so, and those pesky little germs don’t stand a chance!  Also, you may wish to try one of the recipes below for nourishing Fall meals:

These foods will strengthen your immune system as your body becomes more susceptible to illness with the changing weather.

Butternut Squash Soup                                                             

1 large butternut squash

1 medium onion 2 cloves of garlic 1 stalk of celery, any other dark green leafy veggies   

2 cups boiled chicken meat

Salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg

If you have a blender, blend the squash until smooth for a puree-style soup. If not, you can chop up the squash instead.

Begin by chopping up all ingredients and boiling the squash in a large pot. After the squash is mostly cooked, add the vegetables and chicken to the pot. Simmer the soup for a few minutes.

When the soup is done, add spices as desired.

Butternut squash soup is not too difficult to make and contains nutrients like vitamin A to help protect your body from the upcoming flu and cold season.

Wei Qi/Immune System Boost Soup

 1 whole chicken, baked or roasted

 2 pints of water

 3 slices of Huang Qi (dried astralgus root)

 1 tsp. olive oil

 10 oz. shiitake mushrooms

 1 tsp. chopped ginger

 4 chopped garlic cloves, and any additional vegetables you enjoy

 Place chicken and drippings, and Huang Qi/Astragalus root in water. Bring to boil, simmer for 1 hour. Add shiitake, ginger, garlic and oil. Simmer for an additional 45 minutes.  Most Health Food stores and Asian market stores carry Astragalus root.