Vitamin A - Lung Health
Whilst we take Vitamin C for immunity, we must remember that Lungs, Skin, Stomach and Spleen are also part of our immune and respiratory systems and these organs must get their essentials too. In TICM, Stomach/Spleen is the mother of Lungs.
Vitamin A is very important for Lung health and fighting viruses, bacteria, fungi that enter the Lungs. Organic fruits and vegetables are rich in Vitamin A/beta-carotene. However, at this time, if we cannot grab organic, lets make do with non organic. Hawaiian spirulina is also very high in beta-carotene and vitamin A and contains 10,000 ius per teaspoon. Look at my previous post about Spirulina. Jack fruits is also rich in vitamin A/beta-carotene. Remember that fruits and vegetables that contain beta-carotene, the body converts it into Vitamin A.
We need Vitamin A for our Lungs, healthy glowing skin and mucous membranes, healthy bones, our immune system, protection against cancer, our reproductive system, and good eye health and vision. Deficiency of Vitamin A/beta-carotene can cause night blindness, eye diseases, cataracts and other eye disorders, susceptibility to infections, and can lead to cancer and ultimately death. Studies show that young developing animals without beta-carotene in their diet lose weight, and have abnormal bone development.
Intestinal health is important in regards to beta-carotene as it is converted into Vitamin A in the walls of the Small Intestine, so our micro biome health should be optimal. Eating some fat with beta-carotene makes it much easier for the body to absorb such as organic extra-virgin olive oil, coconut, avocado, hemp and so on.
Remember you can never overdose on beta-carotene. An excess of beta-carotene from plant foods may turn the skin yellowish but this is harmless. For those that eat fish, it is a rich source of Vitamin A and D3.
Fruits & Vegetables to purchase: all varieties of pumpkins, capsicums, broccoli, papaya, jack fruit, variety of sweet potatoes, apricots, kale, purple and orange carrots, canteloupe.........