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Drink Your Immunity Tea
Want to know a yummy natural way to protect your lungs and gut?
Interestingly, viruses only survive if they are able to break down the protective barrier that lines the respiratory and intestinal tracts. The inner skin (or epithelium) is a single-cell protective layer that needs to be perfectly balanced in order to effectively protect us from the woes and worries of the outside world.
Coronavirus, like most viruses, has been found to penetrate and dump reproductive material primarily into respiratory tract cells and, secondarily, the skin lining the intestines. Fortunately, the same herbal support works for maintaining a healthy environment for both.
According to Ayurveda, these skin/epithelium-lined protective barriers are governed by vata, which is aggravated by dry and cold conditions. The antidote to vata, and to the most common disorders of the respiratory and intestinal tracts, is to lubricate them with slimy unctuous herbs and foods.
These slimy foods, like oatmeal, chia, and flax, and herbs, like slippery elm, marshmallow root, and licorice root, are also some of the best sources of soluble fiber.
Soluble Fiber + Short-Chain Fatty Acids for Respiratory + Intestinal Health
Soluble fiber is slimy. It attaches to bile and escorts it and its attached toxins to the toilet.2 Microbiomes on the inner skin of the gut and lungs feed on soluble fiber, which is rich in fatty acids.1
Soluble fiber-rich tea has traditionally been used to maintain the proper environment and healthy function of the intestinal and respiratory tracts.3,7 When ingested, soluble fibers are digested, fermented, or broken down by the microbes of the lung and gut microbiomes into essential short-chain fatty acids, such as butyrate, propionate, and acetate.1
Such short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), like butyrate (of which ghee is the highest food source), are thought to be a major player in supporting gut immunity, which makes up 70% of our immune response!4
New studies link the ability for the gut microbiome to break down fiber into immune bosting SCFAs to an enhanced immune response in the lungs. The same SCFAs have been linked to enhanced respiratory and gut immunity. Researchers are beginning to understand how intimately connected these two systems are: how lung immunity may be dependent on gut immunity!5
Butyrate, the main constituent in ghee, has been found to support the lungs’ natural ability to resist irritation and reactive mucus production, which, in excess, can compromise a healthy immune response.6
We Recommend Gut Immunity for Your Ayurvedic Body Type
Lifespa Immunity Tea
No doubt cooking with ghee and adding a teaspoon of ghee to a tea of soluble fiber-rich herbs would support a healthy immune response in both gut and lungs.
I’ve used three herbs at LifeSpa for decades to support and maintain a healthy environment of the respiratory and digestive tracts.
The ingredients of lung and gut butter tea are:
- Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra)
- Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
- Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis)
- Ghee: 1 tsp / cup of tea
At LifeSpa, we call this herbal blend Slippery Elm Prebiotic Formula.
Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra)
Slippery Elm has been used for thousands of years to support respiratory tract and intestinal lining health.7 In the lungs, studies suggest slippery elm has antitussive (cough-relieving) properties, as well as being soothing the throat, bronchioles, lungs, and entire digestive tract. 3,7,8
In one study, slippery elm was found to enhance proliferation of good bacteria and reduce undesirable bacteria, while significantly increasing production of butyrate9 in the gut. Remember: what happens in the gut is directly linked to the lungs.4-6
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Licorice has also been shown to boost SCFAs in the gut, while increasing proliferation of beneficial microbes, such as Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus, and Bacteroides, while reducing undesirable bacterial strains. Licorice has been used for thousands of years as a lung tonic.
Licorice has been shown in many studies to independently support healthy immune responses during a series of immune events in both lungs and gut.10
Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis)
Marshmallow root has been used for thousands of years as a powerful immune and lung tonic, as well as a soothing demulcent for the lungs, throat, and intestinal tract. This is backed up by many modern studies.11,12
During times of respiratory stress or during an immune event, sipping a tea throughout the day of slippery elm, licorice, and marshmallow root may provide the immune support needed for a successful immune response.
Have you tried our Immunity Tea? Let us know what you think!
Read All My Articles on the benefits of Slippery Elm Prebiotic.