The older adults should consider use in the winter tonic [Huang Jing and meat broth] “延年祛病, 莫若黃精 (longevity and immunity, must use Huang Jing)” This is the health adage in the era of 唐朝Tang Dynasty (618 – 907A.D.). In the winter, [Huang Jing Tang] Soup of Huang Jing is tonic, and there is the merit of longevity and immunity. The prescription is as follows:
黃精 (Huang Jing) Rhizoma Polygonati 15 grams 黃蓍 (Huang Qi) Radix Astragali 10 grams 枸杞子 (Gou Qi Zi) Fructus Lycii 5 grams 山萸肉 (Shan Zhu Yu) Fructus Corni 5 grams Lean pork meat (or Chicken meat) 50 – 100 grams Use reasonable amount of water (approximate 1 Litre), boiled soup, seasoning with little amount of salt only.
The Huang Jing (or yellow essence by direct translation) in Chinese medicine point of views it is sweet and neutral but not dry. It functions to tonifies the Spleen Qi and nourishes the Spleen Yin; and Nourish Yin in general and moistens the Lungs. In recent years, the medical literature reported its pharmacological effects as: Firstly, it is nourishing and strong Secondly, it has an inhibitory effect on hyperglycaemia Thirdly, it helps improvement of atherosclerosis and fatty liver Fourthly, improve high blood pressure Fifthly, inhibit Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Salmonella typhi, and skin fungus
Having a robust immune
system will help you stay healthy and energetic enough to meet your
responsibilities and smash your goals. However, as the weather gets colder, it
can be harder to battle the different illnesses flying around.
Here are six ways you can strengthen your immune system and combat the germs that will bring you down.
Get Your Vitamins
Believe it or not, vitamin
deficiencies are quite common. This challenge is primarily because the modern
diet doesn’t have the variability and nutrient-rich components our ancestors
enjoyed. While the best way to get enough vitamins to prevent illness and boost
your immune system is through your diet, supplementing can help fill the gaps.
Look for a multivitamin
that fits your specific needs. For example, a women’s multivitamin
will often have more calcium to offset the risk of osteoporosis. Vegetarian
vitamins will often have more vitamin B12 to replace what’s usually found in
meat sources. Taking a vitamin can help bolster your immune system and keep you
When you get stressed out,
your body gets depleted. By having strong coping mechanisms to reduce stress,
you’ll be protecting your immune system.
There are many ways to
practice stress reduction. Meditation is a powerful mindfulness practice that
can help let go of negative thoughts. Journaling can help you reframe negative
experiences into positive learnings. Prioritize self-care practices that help
you de-stress and unwind.
Wash Your Hands
In many ways, the world is
over-sterilized. Overuse of antibiotics and sanitizers have created resistance
in common cold and flu strains. So, while you should avoid over sanitization,
regularly washing your hands is an effective way to boost your immunity and
limit the spread of germs.
Not only does drinking
water help flush your system of germs and toxins, but it also promotes gut
health. Proper gut health plays a crucial role in your overall immune system.
Drink a minimum of the recommended eight glasses a day, making adjustments based
on your body size and activity levels.
Focus on Gut Health
Speaking of gut health, in
addition to drinking water, you should reintroduce healthy bacteria to the gut.
Eating fermented foods and food rich in probiotics and prebiotics can have a
positive impact on your immune system.
Additionally, eating food
that’s rich in fiber to help regulate digestion can have lasting positive
impacts on your overall health and wellness.
Regular exercise can help reduce stress, assist with weight management, flush toxins from your
body, and improve your cardiovascular health. All of these play a key role in
boosting your immune system.
The one caveat is for those
who frequently engage in high-intensity training. Allow yourself ample time for
recovery and regeneration, as over-training can have the opposite effect on
your immune system. Listen to your body and lower the intensity when you’re
By following these six
practices, you’ll enhance your immune system and be ready to duke it out during
cold and flu season. Take a habit-building approach and focus on improving one
area at a time until it becomes routine.