Enhance your Immune System with Lemon, Ginger, Honey Syrup
To fight off any infection before any cold/flu overtakes your body, it is critical to boost your immune system. One of the best natural remedies you can take before cold/flu weakens your immune system is: taking a daily teaspoon of a syrup made from lemon, ginger and honey. The health benefits of these ingredients for treating respiratory problems are unmatched.
Lemon: This citrus fruit is high in vitamin C and reduced inflammation and swelling, and reduce mucus production. As well, lemons have antioxidant properties which are vital to a strong immune system. Lemons also neutralize the activity of free radicals in the body.
Ginger: This medicinal root is helpful for settling upset stomachs, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and cold sweating. Promotes a healthy sweating that aids in the detoxification of the body, which is often helpful when you have a cold or flu.
Honey: This is one of the best ways to soothe coughs and sore throats. Honey acts as a medium for transmitting the benefits of herbs such as ginger to the body. Honey may also boost the body’s immune system by aiding in the production of white blood cells. This improves the body’s ability to fight infection and decreases the risk of fevers. Honey also assists in drawing out the citrus juice. Pay attention to the type of honey you purchase for this. Since most honey contains corn syrup, ensure that you use only the purest form of honey. Raw honey or manuka honey are the best choice and have the most medicinal benefits.
- 2-8 ounce Mason jars
- 2 to 3 lemons, sliced
- 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
- Wash lemons and cut into slices or wedges. Remove seeds and pack the wedges in a clean, dry jar.
- Peel and cut ginger root. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons into the jar with the lemon wedges.
- Fill the jar with honey.
- Close the jar and let stand for at least 24 hours before using.
- Store in refrigerator or dark, cool pantry for up to 2 months.
When the mixture is ready, it will become a thin syrup that can easily be spooned out. Taken daily or when you are feeling ill, this syrup will be your best friend to boost your immune system during those cold winter months when the virus are at their most active.
Nutrition response testing can determine the most important nutritional needs to combat against cold, flu, or sinus issues. Often, immune challenges are closely associated with the intestines and digestive organs, reflecting the importance of the large intestine meridian in Chinese medicine. For sinus issues, the biggest culprit is found to be over-growth of yeast, mold, and fungus. Combined with acupuncture, nutritional support can provide rapid and lasting results to combat against sinusitis and other immunological challenges.
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Make a ginger tea with a touch of organic honey and a few pine nuts. Ginger tea can accelerate the recovery process of cold and flu.
Use garlic profusely in cooking.
A warm lemon tea with a bit of honey can be a powerful tonic to strengthen your immunity.
Oregano leaves have been used extensively to boost one’s immune functions. Spraying oregano extract into the nostrils can alleviate sinus pressure almost immediately.
Bone marrow soup (usually made from ox tail bones) is known to be a superb tonic during the winter season throughout Asian countries.
It is estimated that more than 20 percent of the general population is affected by Acid Reflux (GERD). While other groups are impacted, at least half of all asthmatic children experience symptoms, and pregnant women tend to suffer more than the average population.
For some people, eating a heavy, spicy or fatty meal can produce the unmistakable signs of acid reflux. Symptoms can vary from a burning pain in the chest to a sour taste in the mouth as stomach acid and/or regurgitated food flows upward through the esophagus into the oral cavity. Additionally they may experience difficult or painful swallowing, sore throat, a dry, rough voice, or feeling of a lump in the throat that cannot be cleared away.
In western medicine views too much acidity causes Acid Reflux. Some doctors (including myself) think that Heartburn and GERD are NOT caused by too much stomach acid. They are caused by too little stomach acid and bacterial overgrowth in the stomach and intestines. Therefore successful treatment is based on restoring adequate stomach acid production and eliminating bacterial overgrowth.
In Chinese medicine, acid reflux is viewed as rebellious stomach Qi. Typical treatment includes needling on the points to redirect energy downwards, as should naturally happen just after eating or drinking.
Diet is very important in helping to calm symptoms. By all accounts, reduce the intake of “wheat” and sugary foods. Drinking freshly-squeezed lemon in a one cupful of water with a touch of honey and/or eating an apple in an empty stomach, preferably first in the morning, can help tremendously in restoring acidity in the stomach.