January 15, 2019
Keep your throat moist to protect against flu?
There have been mass messages about keeping the throat moist to protect against influenza and how a throat being dried for 10 minutes can allow pathogens to attack. I don’t want to get the flu so I have been drinking a lot of water, but going to the bathroom nonstop is a bit much too.
CheckCheckCin: Drinking enough water is a good thing but it is not enough to protect against influenza. The message regarding dry throat for 10 minutes and pathogens is quite exaggerated. From Chinese medicine perspective, influenza is a type of flu and it attacks seasonally. Chinese medicine believe that if there is enough strong qi in the body, pathogens cannot easily attack. To protect against influenza, it is important to keep a healthy body and immunity. Drinking rice water daily can help to strengthen the spleen and stomach. Chinese medicine believes spleen is the basis of health so keep your spleen and stomach healthy. You will achieve a healthy digestive system and properly absorb nutrients from food.
Simple Rice Water to Strengthen Health
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons red rice, half tablespoon white rice, half table spoon coix seeds
Preparation: Rinse all ingredients thoroughly and combine with 800-1000ml water. Cook on high heat until boiling, and simmer to low heat for 20-30 minutes.
*Rice water spoils easily. You should cook fresh daily and consume within the day and do not store overnight.
*For pregnant ladies, do not add coix seeds.
*For those with diabetes, consult a nutritionist.