Chinese Medicine: this is how you increase the resistance of your airways

Chinese Medicine: this is how you increase the resistance of your airways

It is a question that undoubtedly occupies many minds: how do I keep my airways healthy? The answer may surprise you: with food!  This article shows how we please our lungs, nose, and throat.

It is crucial to always observe the signals from your body

More and more people today suffer from lung complaints and other respiratory diseases. Ranging from COPD and chronic colds to allergies such as hay fever. That is not so surprising when you look at the increase in viruses, such as influenza, and pollution (nitrogen) in the air. It is therefore important to maintain and, if necessary, strengthen the resistance of your airways. Eating the right foods can help with that.

Self-examination: what suits me?

There is no ‘healthy diet’ guideline that works for everyone. For example, meat can be an excellent source of protein and iron for one person, while for another it mainly causes skin problems and micro infections. The same goes for grains, dairy, certain types of fruit, and vegetables… Everyone’s metabolism and digestion work differently. We all have a unique constitution, just as we have unique DNA.

In order to strengthen your resistance, it is therefore important to investigate how your personal constitution works. It is crucial to constantly observe your body’s signals. Keep that in mind as you read the nutritional advice below to support your airways. Choose what suits you.

Less dairy, less mucus

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Lungs and airways fall under the Metal element in Chinese Medicine, just like the colon and the skin. The organs of the metallic element filter everything that enters your body from outside: air, light, and food. It is therefore understandable that the health of our metallic element determines our entire immune systemSupporting the airways with a healthy diet is therefore not an unnecessary luxury.

Do you want to keep your airways clear? Then it is smart to ensure that there is not too much mucus. Animal dairy products, cheese, peanuts, and legumes such as kidney beans are known to stimulate the formation of mucus. If you cough up mucus or often have a cold, it is best to eat a little of these foods. Fortunately, there are plenty of tasty substitutes available. And if you really like one of these things, take it at most once a week.

Nice and sharp

The taste that matches the Chinese element of Metal is ‘sharp’. Think ginger, onions, garlic, radishes, and leeks. Should you eat a lot of it or not? As said: there is no guideline that suits everyone, so not here either. It is important to be aware of how this taste affects your lungs and then listen to your body. Does your body need sharpness, or is it maybe getting too much of it

I myself was asthmatic until my thirties. I still remember how, as a child, I was sick of the smell of fried onions. So as few onions as possible in my diet. Ginger, on the other hand, is very tasty and I tolerate it well. So I sometimes take it as tea or as a spice with food. But not every day; then it becomes too much and my bowels start protesting. It’s all about balance!

What did you like as a child?

Listening to the signals your body gives is therefore crucial when using food for your resistance. The above recommendations are possibilities to investigate. Cut out some from your diet for a few days, or try something new. And then carefully observe how your body reacts. For example, do you get itchy nose while eating? Or do you have to cough a few times right after eating? Then you ate something that your airways are not so happy with.

Chinese Medicine: this is how you increase the resistance of your airways

Furthermore, rumbling bellies, heartburn, flatulence and the structure of your stool are of course clear advisors. People with psoriasis and acne know that reactions from your skin also say something about the suitability of food for you. These reactions can also be very acute, such as when you get ‘flushes’ (hot flashes) while eating.

Think back to the past: which flavors and foods did you like and which did you not? Children often react very instinctively and in this way indicate what is and is not good for them. Are there things you didn’t like at first, but later learned to eat? And what healthy food did you enjoy as a child? (No, pancakes and fries do not apply.) By thinking back in this way, you connect with your intuitive ability to choose foods that support your resistance.

Power supply for resistance in 3 steps

In summary, you choose the right food for your resistance by:

  1. avoid slimy food and find balance in the pungent taste;
  2. perceive your body’s signals;
  3. to know your unique constitution.

The latter can be done by looking at your innate characteristics and your life story. For example, your blood type says a lot about your genetic predisposition and the type of food that matches or does not match. Your physique and character traits also say a lot about your constitution. Someone who is naturally small, slender, and mobile will need different building materials and fuels than someone who is tall, stout, and somewhat slower in his actions. Cognitive abilities, coping mechanisms, and any past or present illnesses also influence your metabolism and the diet that suits you.



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