Natural Tips And Tricks To Avoid The Cold/Flu: Dr. Mao's Wellness Living

Sunday, 10 Mar 2013, 9:10:00 AM

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Dr. Mao Shing Ni
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Dr. Mao Shing Ni

This time of year it feels like everyone you come in

contact with is sick! Here are some natural ways to keep you healthy and well

through this cold and flu season.

Chestnuts Bolster Immunity

Chestnuts have been popular for centuries in both Asia

and the Mediterranean regions. Chestnuts differ from other nuts by having low

fat content and high fiber. They have a mild, sweet taste and a crumbly

consistency. An excellent source of potassium, folate, vitamins B6 and C, chestnuts

strengthen the kidney-adrenal system and bolster the immune system to fight off

the flu and combat infections. This flu season, introduce more chestnuts into

your cooking; they are good roasted in the oven, cooked with chicken, lamb,

beef, or pork, or in any dish with beans and legumes.

Beta-Carotene Builds Immunity

Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant that improves

immune function and promotes mucous membrane health. In fact, a 1997 study

conducted by the Institute of Food Research in the United Kingdom suggested

that dietary intake of beta-carotene can enhance cell-mediated immune

responses. How to get these beta-benefits this flu season? Eat more

orange-colored vegetables, including carrots, winter squash, butternut squash,

pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and yams. Additionally, these are all excellent

sources of Vitamin C, a famous immune support.

Eat Healthy Daily

Get five to nine fruit and vegetable servings every day.

Here’s why: By now, you have probably heard that the new USDA recommendation

for optimal health is to fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables of

all colors. The countries with the highest amount of centenarians eat very

large portions of vegetables and consume almost none of our modern packaged

foods. These centenarians live to a ripe old age in surprisingly good health,

suffer from very little heart and liver disease and show limited instances of

cancer and degenerative diseases.

A few tips: Eat foods of all colors – red, yellow,

green, white, and dark green – to get a variety of vitamins and nutrients and

optimize your body’s immunity. Also, go organic when possible and always clean

your vegetables well. Buy what’s in season for the best taste, best nutrition,

and the best price.

Top immunity food picks: broccoli, bok choy, Brussels

sprouts, dark leafy greens, cauliflower, cabbage, squash, sweet potatoes,

carrots, beets, bell peppers, mushrooms, chives, garlic, leeks, daikon radishes,

citrus fruits, and berries.

Treat Your Body Right

Encourage your body to fight flu and other infections by

giving it the care it needs.

• Get at least seven hours

of quality sleep every night. Studies show that your immune system function

drops by an average of 60 percent after just three nights of poor sleep.

• Keep your stress level low

with meditation, Tai Chi, or yoga.

• Dry body brushing daily

can activate lymph circulation that is important to clear out toxic debris and

stimulate immunity.

• If you feel your immune

system has already been compromised and illness is on the way, consider my

Cold/ Flu formula, which supports recovery as it boosts your immune

system. It will stop the illness in its tracks!

May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

Dr. Mao Shing Ni, best known as Dr. Mao is a

bestselling author, doctor of Oriental Medicine and board certified anti-aging

expert. He has recently appeared on “The Ricki Lake Show,” “Dr. Oz,” and

contributes to Yahoo Health and The Huffington Post.  Dr. Mao practices

acupuncture, nutrition, and Chinese medicine with his associates at the Tao of

Wellness in Santa Monica, Newport Beach, and Pasadena. Dr. Mao and his brother,

Dr. Daoshing Ni, founded the Tao of Wellness more than 25 years ago in addition

to founding Yo San University in Marina del Rey.  To make an appointment

for evaluation and treatment please call 310.917.2200 or you can email Dr. Mao

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