Foods for Wildfire Season

by Norah McIntire, L.Ac.

We are once again in the midst of devastating fires here in California. Even if you are not in an evacuation zone, you are still affected by the deterioration in air quality. The huge increase in particulate pollution can aggravate existing respiratory issues such as asthma and allergies, as well as just stress a healthy respiratory and immune system.

There are some actions to take to protect yourself. You should follow the recommendation to stay indoors and run the air conditioner to protect yourself and your loved ones, especially if you are prone to respiratory issues. In addition, however, there are also some natural, food-based steps everyone can use to provide extra nourishment for the lungs. These suggestions are below.

Foods to help nourish and soothe the lungs according to Traditional Chinese Medicine nutritional therapy are:

*Mushrooms, especially shiitake, reishi, and tremella
*Radishes, including daikon radishes
*Onions and turnips
*Carrots
*Cabbage, bok choy, chard, cauliflower
*Apples, pears, peaches, cantaloupe, watermelon
*Honey
*Green tea can also be helpful because it provides anti-oxidants

You can also place moist, cool green tea bags on the eyes to soothe itchiness and burning. And, of course, remember to drink plenty of clean water.

Please remember I can also prescribe specific herbal formulas to help based on your needs.

If you are having respiratory symptoms or a flare-up of allergies, and want some some acupuncture and herbal support, please call for an appointment: 323-475-9282. I would love to help.