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You are:

The Weak Lung Type


You have weak lungs, feel tired and get winded easily.  You are prone to frequent colds, flu, tonsillitis, bronchitis, asthma or pneumonia.

Possible Symptoms:

  • weak or quiet voice

  • weak or shallow breathing

  • pale complexion

  • weak cough

  • lack of desire to talk

  • fatigue or exhaustion

  • shortness of breath 

  • daytime sweating

  • recurring colds, flu, tonsillitis, bronchitis, asthma or pneumonia


  • common cold

  • congenital weakness or premature birth

  • smoking

  • prolonged sadness or unresolved grief

  • excessive sitting with shoulders tensed and hunched over

Helpful Tips:

  • Eliminate dairy and cold foods from your diet.

  • Take breaks from sitting and stretch regularly.

  • Do qi gong exercises.

  • Ask your Chinese herbalist about taking herbs to strengthen your immune system.

Best foods to eat:
  • Meat: beef, chicken, duck

  • Seafood: tuna

  • Vegetables: asparagus, carrots, cauliflower, daikon, leeks, onions, mushrooms, mustard greens, olives, radishes, sweet potato, water chestnuts, yams

  • Starches/grains: oats, rice, sweet rice

  • Fruits: grapes, pears, peaches, tangerines

  • Nuts/seeds: almonds, almond butter, almond milk, walnuts

  • Beans/legumes: black beans, garbanzo beans

  • Herbs/spices: garlic, ginger, thyme

What to Drink:
  • Room-temperature or hot/warm water

  • Ginger tea

Foods & Drinks to AVOID:
  • dairy products

  • sugar/sweets

  • citrus fruit

  • cold foods

  • smoothies

  • ice cream

  • ice water

  • salads

  • raw vegetables

  • tofu

  • wheat

  • fatty foods

  • greasy/oily foods

  • alcohol

  • coffee

Recipes to Strengthen the Lungs:

Baked Spiced Pears

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