Sammy’s Lemon Aid
Using food as medicine to transition through the seasons
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) suggests that to keep the winter chill out we should enjoy an abundance of warming food. These ingredients have a healing effect on our bodies by heating our internals and keeping the cold at bay. Chestnuts, aduki beans, quinoa, pumpkin, lima beans, ginger and shiitake mushrooms have warming properties and may also help to dry our systems of unwelcome cold symptoms so prevalent during winter.
In TCM spring represents liver energy and the primary function of the liver is detoxification. Essentially your liver’s job is to cleanse, filter the blood and promote the elimination of toxins, hormones and to facilitate digestion. The liver also governs fat metabolism by releasing lipids and associated toxins into the blood for elimination. Got circles under the eyes, headaches, weight gain, nausea, mood swings or bad breath? Well, sorry to tell ya, but they’re all signs of an overloaded liver. And did you know that if you love your liver a little bit more you’d have greater success losing weight? Damn straight!
I reckon that the vital formula for dealing with ill health – and promoting and maintaining wellness – is to eat an abundance of fresh, organic, whole foods. The fewer preserved, processed and fragmented foods consumed, the more the body will thrive on the natural nutrient content in whole foods.
Over the years we have become so accustomed to consuming preservative-rich produce that we have forgotten the taste of real food. Well some if us. The good news is that – for example -those sweet, full-flavoured, summer berries do have a distinctive taste and smell, but only when they are chemically-free and in season. So by producing crops at certain times of the year, when our bodies most need them, nature has intended us to eat seasonally: pumpkin and potatoes in the winter, berries and stone fruit in the summer.
Here’s what to do with that pesky cold or flu.
- Go home. Rest. Sleep! Put your feet up, you’re worth it!
- Drink lots of fluids – coconut water, herbal tea, bone broth, lemon and hot water
- Avoid sugar – in all forms, dried fruit, cane sugar, maple, agave – and avoid the grog
- Supplement with Vitamin C, Echinacea and Zinc.
Continue for up to 5 days after the symptoms resolve
- Get on that ginger and/or turmeric train
- Sweat it out
Prevention is better than cure.
It takes 5 days to produce an antibody to an infection. This antibody production will give you enhances immunity when next in contact with that infection.
To prevent colds or flu’s in the first place look after your immunity
- Eat breakfast
- Exercise moderately
- Manage your stress, and look after yourself in times of greater stress
- Enjoy your hobbies and pastimes
- Work moderate hours
- Cultivate a positive mental attitude
- Eat a well balanced diet with immune enhancing foods such as garlic, vegetables and fruit
Some of these tips were shared with me so many years ago by Dr. Nicola Graham, and I have never forgotten them. Thank you.
Sammy’s Lemon Aid – for coughs, cold and itchy holes!
Makes about 1 litre
2 organic lemons, quartered, skin on, pith on
2 awesome organic apples, quartered, pips n bits n all!
750ml coconut water, preferably out of a young, fresh Thai coconut
4 cloves garlic, or 2 cloves Russian garlic, peeled
2cm piece ginger, skin on, organic
2cm piece turmeric, skin on, organic
½ bunch of mint, roughly chopped
¼ cup sunflower sprouts
1 tablespoon organic raw honey
1 heaped teaspoon organic coconut oil
Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional, or more if desired – hot damn, I love that stuff!)
½ teaspoon organic turmeric powder, yeah, go on!
Pinch of salt, only the good stuff!
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender or Vitamix.
- Process on high speed until ultra smooth or creamy and serve immediately.