Happy Healthy Fall
I hope that you're enjoying the beautiful fall in San Diego or wherever you are. Some general fall health tips are: keep your neck warm, increase warm foods in your diet i.e. teas, soups and stews, make sure you're getting enough sleep and come in for an immune boosting acupuncture treatment !
Exercise and meditation are also excellent ways to stay healthy. My meditation teachers for almost 2 decades, Meher Bani Kaur and Guru Manta Singh have recently opened a Kundalini yoga studio in Southpark - Cosmic Flow Yoga. They're offering a first class to new students for free and then the first month of unlimited classes for $30. After that regular rates apply. For more information visit their website:
Herbal Medicine for Cold/Flu Prevention
Herbs are an excellent way to keep your immune system strong. If you feel like you're starting to come down with something you can take them to shorten the severity and duration of a cold or flu. You can also take tonic herbs as a prevention so you're less likely to become ill in the first place. In herbal medicine different formulas are given depending on what stage a pathogen has entered into you body. I carry formulas for the various stages in my office.
Some basic foods and herbs you may want to increase in your fall diet to boost immunity are; garlic and onions, vitamin c rich foods and oregano oil capsules. You can take the oregano oil if you feel like you're starting to get sick.
Acupuncture can also shorten the severity and duration of an illness. Sometimes if treated early enough, acupuncture can prevent you from getting ill if you come in when you suspect you've caught something.
Sweet Potato Soup
Simple, Healthy and Delicious
Sweet potatoes are loaded with immune boosting beta carotene, vitamins A,C,D and E and the minerals manganese and iron. They help regulate blood pressure because they're high in potassium and regulate fluid in the body. They're a very nutritious and tasty vegetable. I found this recipe posted online by the medical medium. Try to use all organic ingredients. We ended up quadrupling the recipe because our potatoes were small.
2 sweet potatoes
2 cloves of garlic
1 medium onion, sliced or chopped
1/2 inch of fresh ginger root, sliced
a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg or cardomom or salt and pepper
steam the sweet potatoes, garlic, onion and ginger for 45 minutes
blend them in a blender with some of the water used for steaming about 1 cup, add liquid according to the desired thickness you'd like for the soup. Add seasoning at the end.