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Fall/Winter Immunity Pt.1

by Stephen Santangelo

For those of us in the upper northern hemisphere experiencing a cold winter, respiratory illnesses are on the increase and these are some of the most difficult infections to combat. It is always best to be prepared for the long cold wet winter months by eating properly in the fall. However, very few folks eat seasonally.

There are many ways to build the immune system with non-pharmaceutical applications such as with herbs & spices. Through the combination of leaves, flowers, fruits, roots, barks and resins one can strengthen internally. In addition, immune boosting medicinal mushrooms can be added to the recipe to make teas, oxymels, syrups, baths, elixirs, tinctures, powders and electuaries.

As autumn arrives the immune system will weaken and by winter, coughs, colds, sore throats, chest infections, phlegm, bronchitis, pleurisy, influenza, post-nasal drip, blocked ears, 'ear ache', nasal congestion, chills, 'chill-blains', 'poor circulation', Reynaud's and more will fester their way into your upper respiratory tract and eventually work its way down into the lungs.I was introduced to medicinal plants in 1979 and have made it part of my lifestyle. This is why I created unique formulas which we use annually and my clients as well. You do not want to miss out on training due to weak lungs!

There is nothing worse than having respiratory illness preventing you from training.
Since I’m primarily an environmental athlete I need to take care of my immune system to maintain the level of training throughout these cold, damp months.

All of our organs have their peak cycle and rest cycle following 2 hour shifts through each 24 hour day. The lungs are at their peak from 3 A.M-5 A.M. and from 5 A.M. to 7 A.M. the large intestine/colon is the dominate organ.This is why sour & pungent herbs, spices & foods are extremely important. These foods detox, stimulate, warm body core & support function through cleansing the blood. After the blood passes through the liver it travels throughout the body, including the lungs, where it becomes oxygenated and feeds the rest of the organs and working muscles with a fresh supply of oxygen.I was first introduced to medicinal herbs in 1979 and eventually created my own formulas.

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