It is now late autumn and the weather is relatively dry. Where should we start to maintain health and prevent diseases? Come and learn from a Chinese medicine practitioner——
White food moistens the lungs and removes dryness
Liu Jia, deputy director of the Physical Examination Center of the Huangpu Campus of Guangdong Medical University, and deputy chief traditional Chinese medicine practitioner explained the theory of the five elements of traditional Chinese medicine. The five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water are related to the five internal organs of the liver, heart, spleen, lungs, The kidneys correspond to the five colors of green, red, yellow, white and black. The lungs correspond to the color white. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that eating white food can nourish the lungs. She recommends proper consumption of white fungus and lily to moisten the lungs and remove dryness:
1. Tremella fungus: Tremella fungus is mild in nature and sweet in taste. It enters the lungs, stomach and kidney meridians. It is known as “the crown of bacteria” and is a good food for nourishing and clearing the lungs.
From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine, Tremella fungus has the functions of promoting fluid and moisturizing the lungs, nourishing yin and nourishing the stomach, resolving phlegm and clearing the intestines. It is a good nourishing product. Regular consumption can also improve women’s symptoms such as poor complexion and anemia, and improve beauty.
From the perspective of modern medicine, Tremella fuciformis is rich in polysaccharides, which can help enhance resistance when ingested into the human body; Tremella fuciformis is rich in dietary fiber that can promote gastrointestinal motility, laxative, and relieve constipation symptoms.
Tremella fuciformis is one of the best condiments. Adding the Tremella fuciformis lean meat juice made with Tremella fuciformis is moist but not greasy. Tremella fuciformis, dried shrimps and vermicelli are made into vermicelli stew, which has a good flavor. Tremella quail egg sugar water is also a common practice. However, it should not be used by those who have dry mouth at the beginning of a cold, those who have a cold, those who are sensitive to the cold, and those with excessive phlegm.
2. Lily: Lily is sweet in taste and cold in nature. It has the functions of nourishing yin and moistening the lungs, clearing the heart and calming the nerves, and relieving cough and asthma. It is suitable for symptoms such as yin deficiency and dryness cough, labor cough and hemoptysis, deficiency and restlessness, palpitations, insomnia and dreaminess. For patients with chronic bronchitis and those who often suffer from emphysema and cough, consuming lily can help improve lung function.
Modern research has also found that lilies contain biotin, colchicine and other alkaloids, which have a good effect on improving mood.
Lily is available in fresh and dried varieties and can be used for dietary therapy. The fresh product is more effective than the dried product and can be eaten in stir-fry or soup. The dry product has a long shelf life and is convenient to take.
However, you should not eat too much lily. Usually the daily intake does not exceed 20 grams of dry products or 30 grams of fresh products. Raw lilies contain colchicine, which is somewhat toxic. However, colchicine is not heat-resistant and is easily soluble in water, so as long as it is soaked in cold water and heated, it can be eaten with confidence. That is to say, it must be cooked before eating, never eat it raw. You can stir-fry lily, or stir-fry it with shrimps, cashew nuts, diced meat, and vegetable cubes for a richer taste.
It is suitable to drink more tea in late autumn
When the weather is dry, the human body loses a lot of water. It is recommended to drink more water to maintain the normal humidity of the lungs and respiratory tract. You can choose to drink some, such as chrysanthemum tea or tangerine peel tea, which can also help moisturize the respiratory tract.
In addition to drinking water, you can also eat more fresh vegetables and fruits, which can replenish water and nutrients needed by the body as well as potassium lost in sweat.
Rubbing and pressing relevant acupoints can nourish the lungs
Rub the outer sides of the thumbs of both hands against each other. After you feel the heat, use the outer sides of the thumbs to massage up and down along the bridge of the nose and both sides of the nose for about 50 to 100 times; then massage the Yingxiang points on both sides of the nose for 20 times. Do 1 to 2 groups in the morning and evening every day to help clear the nasal passages, strengthen the lungs and clear the lungs.
Moderate exercise enhances lung function
You can do some appropriate outdoor exercise to help enhance lung function, improve breathing, regulate the immune system and enhance disease resistance. It is recommended to choose some easy exercise methods based on personal physical conditions. For example, middle-aged and elderly people can take more walks, do yoga, Tai Chi, etc.
Medical guidance/Liu Jia, deputy director and deputy chief traditional Chinese medicine practitioner of the Huangpu Campus Physical Examination Center of the Third Hospital of Guangdong Medical University
Text/All media reporter Weng Shuxian Correspondents Bai Tian and Zhang Xunkai