Eating: Avoid over consuming foods that cause “dampness.” In Chinese medicine, dampness is the translation of a term that refers to an overaccumulation of fluid. Swelling, cysts, excess phlegm and mucus, and too much fluid in the lungs (pneumonia) are all forms of dampness.
Chinese medicine doctors treating coronavirus in China have classified it as a “damp plague,” a pathogen that thrives in “damp” environments. By making our bodies less “damp,” we become less hospitable hosts to this particular virus.
Generally speaking, avoiding sugar, alcohol, and dairy products are my top three recommendations, as all of these tend to increase “dampness” in the body.
Eating and drinking cold and raw stuff can also create dampness by overburdening our digestion, so it’s best to only eat and drink things that are room temperature or warmer, and to predominantly consume cooked foods.
Have your drinks without ice, opt for steamed or roasted veggies over salads, and trade that smoothie for a bowl of soup or a hot tea. Overeating in general also creates excess dampness.
It’s best for your digestion to eat until you feel 70% full rather than getting overstuffed.
For more extensive information on regulating your internal environment to make yourself a less hospitable host for pathogens, feel free to reach out to me. I also recommend the book Enlightenweight: Cultivate the Garden Within written by Doctor of Oriental Medicine Andrew Miles.
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A Bit More On Sugar
There are an abundance of studies on how increases in sugar intake lead directly to decreases in immune response, and there have already been studies showing that people who have difficulty controlling their blood glucose are at higher risk of getting the worst Covid-19 has to offer.
So, though you may be stuck at home with your little ones who are out of school, find another way to self-soothe other than donuts and ice cream. Maybe self-flagellate with some brush bathing (see future blog).
Use your spice rack
Many of the herbs and spices in your spice rack have antimicrobial properties and can also help to eliminate the dampness I spoke of above.
Basil, black pepper, cardamom, clove, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel seed, garlic, ginger, marjoram, nutmeg, oregano, parsley, rosemary, and thyme are all examples of spices that can support digestion, fight germs, and decrease dampness. Looks for recipes with some of those in them.
You can also drink fresh ginger tea throughout the day. Known for its warming, antiviral properties, cut a few slices of ginger root and steep it in hot water with a cover on it to protect the volatile oils at least 5 minutes.
In my next article in the series, you can read about the importance of sleeping and rest. In the meantime if you wish to contact me please leave a message below or contact me over here. To book an online consultation click below.
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