Strengthen Your Immune System
October 26th 10am - 5pm £90
with Oliver Cowmeadow and Bini Sharman
Many people 'catch' frequent colds and maybe flu too on a regular basis, but does it have to be this way?
Actually whether we catch something depends not only on the kind of 'bugs' going around, but also very much on how well our body's own defences are working - the stronger the defences, the less likely we are to pick up common infections doing the rounds.
And this is something we can change - we can all strengthen our immune system through our daily diet and way of life, and avoid a lot of suffering, and maybe having to take days out of work and life to recover.
In Oriental medicine there are a number of things we can do to keep bacteria, viruses and fungi at bay - the first is to have a strong barrier in our mucus membrane in the nose and sinuses, and in the intestinal lining. Certain foods weaken this barrier, so it becomes porous and easy for micro-organisms to enter our body, and others create a strong boundary.
Then we can also enhance the functioning of our lymphatic system, that sweeps up any foreign bodies from everywhere in our body and offers them up in the lymph nodes (such as the 'glands' in our necks) to be broken down.
And thirdly we can strengthen the production of the white blood cells that attack and destroy anything foreign getting into the body, through building strength and resilience inside our body.
There is also increasing evidence that cultivating a healthy gut flora is a big help, as the helpful bacteria want to keep our wonderful gut environment to themselves and actively destroy some of the less helpful bacteria that get into the gut.
The day will cover a lot of practical ways you can strengthen your immune system, including a lunch designed to be optimal for your gut and immune health.
Oliver will be using his 35 years experience of giving dietary and lifestyle consultations to give you some individual guidance on your steps to stronger health and immunity.