Skagit Whole Health Center

Immune System Influencer: DIET

immune_systemDo you seem to come down with frequent colds, the flu or anything that kicks your immune system in the butt? Do you have a chronic health condition that makes you vulnerable to whatever’s “out there”?  Are you just getting older…and really feeling it?

A daily intake of fast food and processed food, high in sugar and bad fats will weaken your immune system and make you more vulnerable to every thing that comes down the pike. Such a diet will undermine getting well, impede healing and contribute to faster aging. For example: too much sugar interferes with the body’s ability to absorb needed nutrients. You may end up with a hormonal and chemical imbalance when you consume too much sugar and processed food filled with chemicals and preservatives.

Instead, a healthful diet rich in a variety of colorful fruits and veggies, lean proteins and good fats will build a stronger immune foundation. Some great immune boosters are: Cultured foods like yogurt, kefir or sauerkraut (home-made & raw) or probiotics, raw garlic and onions, green tea, home-made bone-broth and fish high in omega 3 fatty acids like salmon.

Do you drink enough water?  Water can help you keep your immune system healthy. It aids in flushing out toxins so your immune system does not have to work so hard. Make your beverage of choice good clean water, instead of energy drinks, soda and other unhealthful beverages.

Acupuncture and Immune System

Current human studies have evaluated the effect of acupuncture on immune system function in patients with cancer.  The research shows positive correlation in several of the studies.

Acupuncture can regulate immune function and treat the underlying cause of disease by reducing symptoms, speeding up the healing of infection and normalizing the body´s immune response. Acupuncture works by stimulating specific portions of the autonomic nervous system through selected acupoints, which in turn causes responses in the immune system.

The most effective treatment for the immune system is prevention of adverse health conditions. Treatment to boost qi and blood before sickness occurs is more effective than treatment after the onset of illness.   Regular acupuncture sessions can support and strengthen your immune system.

About Barbara Paul

Welcome to Skagit Whole Health Center, where I am dedicated to providing the highest standard of care based on an attitude of gentleness, warmth, professionalism and respect. My name is Barbara Paul and through the energy healing practices of Acupuncture, Chinese nutrition and herbs, Tuina (Chinese Massage), Shiatsu and Qi Gong, I create a treatment plan that addresses each individuals needs. I treat not only the symptoms, but the root of the illness, thus restoring the balance upon which holistic health is based. Humans natural state of being is one of wellness and ease. Fatigue, mental and emotional stress, pain and illness are all causes of an imbalance to this state resulting in dis-ease. Energy healing can allow one to return to harmony and ease by bringing balance to the physical, emotional and spiritual levels of being. Born in Switzerland to a pediatric nurse trained in herbology. I spent hours with my mother hiking and studying the wildflowers and plants of the woods near my home outside of Zurich. Being given this love and knowledge of healing and nature, I went on to study Acupuncture and Chinese medicine at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seattle WA. There I earned my Masters in Acupuncture and became board certified by NCCAOM in 1993. Having studied with Julian Scott from Great Britain, I also specialize in pediatric acupuncture.