Protecting Your Lungs This Fall-Breathe Easy Pear!

Choosing foods that specifically support and protect the lungs is an effective way to take care of yourself this fall. Pungent foods can help disperse mucus that may get stuck. These include hot peppers and chilies, onions, garlic, turnkips ginger, horseradish and cabbage. If there is heat in the lungs (yellow mucous, sore throat,fevers) add cooling foods such as cabbage, radish, and white peppercorn to your diet. Dark green vegetables are protective because they are rich in beta-carotene which protects the surfaces and mucouse membranes of the body. Fiber cleanses the lungs and colon – both house our immune system.

Adding a variety of foods in your daily diet can bolster immunity and strengthen your resistance to colds and flu this season.

Breathe-Easy Pear

Ingredients

1 large ripe pear, any variety

2 teaspoons honey, or to taste

Directions

1) Wash (but don’t peel) the pear. Cut off the top third of the pear and reserve. Cut out the core of the bottom part of the pear, making a hole but leaving the bottom and outside intact.

3) Pour the honey in the hole. Replace the top of the pear.

4) Transfer the pear to a steamer and cook, covered, for about 40 minutes, or until soft. (If you don’t have a steamer, steam the pear in a glass or ceramic bowl placed in a covered pot containing an inch of water.)

5) Serve warm as a dessert or snack.

Themes and Variations

1) The pears can be baked instead of steamed. Preheat the to 350 degrees and bake for about 40 minutes or until soft.

2) Try this dish with an Asian pear – a delicious variation.

Especially Good for

Anyone suffering from a dry cough, dry throat, bronchitis, asthma, or allergies. If you are eating this dish for therapeutic reasons, we recommend eating this dish once a day for three to seven days.

Courtesy of : Acupuncture Healthcare Associates Of Michigan 248-737-7126 http://www.acupunctureinmichigan.com/

Feel like you are getting sick? Notice a sore throat, fatigue, chills or body ache?  Come in for an acupuncture session to strengthen your immune system! Even one session can make a big difference!

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