Boosting the immune system

Maintain your health and happiness through the darkest days of winter

Along with the arrival of chill Autumn air, comes the season of coughs, colds and flu- like symptoms.  The good news is that there are many things you can do for your own care and that of your families, to assist your body in fighting off winter illnesses.  I invite you to try one or more of the natural remedies suggested in the following article so you may actively support your immune system to stimulate your body’s own recuperative powers, for a long healthy and happy Autumn and Winter Season

I know some of the following might seem too simple, but we often need reminding of things like…sleep when you are tired, or take a short rest when you feel yourself getting overwhelmed…or eat when you are hungry…drink when you are thirsty!  Daily life demands have us chasing the next thing to do all day long, and it become so easy to forget we need to fuel the body and mind that keep us going.

Get a full nights sleep!  We all know this is the truth but, for some, easier said than done.  However, speaking for your immune system I must point out this is one of THE most important things you can do for yourself.  At the very least this season if you don’t sleep well, at least start taking steps to pay more attention and perhaps get some help.   A good nights sleep helps to keep hormone levels balanced, assists with weight loss,  improves clear thinking, reasoning, our moods, and vibrant healthy skin.

In a perfect world if we could totally eliminate sugar the effects we would see and feel would be :~ higher energy levels, better weight distribution, stronger immune systems and a definite increase in our ability to think clearly.

But this isn’t a perfect world.  So I invite you to do whatever you can do to decrease your sugar intake, especially over the winter months.  Substitute healthier sugars such as Agave (my favourite) and stevia, that don’t rate so high on the Glycemic Index … Read more here   Be aware that using artificial sweeteners is worse than cane sugar

Drink your lemons: Did you know that the lemon is a potent source of minerals, vitamins and healthy raw sugars.  It helps balance the acid-alkaline in the body so that our immune system can thrive.  It also encourages the growth of our natural healthy inner flora which supports healthy bacteria to live, instead of the viruses and harmful bacteria which thrive in more acidic environments.  Use freshly squeezed lemon juice in hot water and start the morning with an invigorating boost to it’s system, it’s delicious too!  Lemon juice can be added to tea, used in salads instead of vinegar, sprinkled on pasta dishes or meat and added to baking.

Stay well hydrated: Most headaches occur because people still aren’t getting enough water.  Headaches and thirst are both signs of dehydration. I have a secret belief that it’s probably not so much the Tylenol you take with a headache but the stopping for a moment and drinking the water you need to take to medicine … just a thought?  Ideally, drinking half your body weight in pounds is a good measure, so if you weigh 140lbs, you’ll need 70 oz water which is approximately 8, 8oz glasses.

Essential oil, herbs and supplements:  The rawest and most natural form of any medicinal plant is its essential oil.  Young Living produces top quality Therapeutic Grade essential oils that are full immune-stimulating compounds and anti-viral properties.  My favourite of them for the winter months is their Thieves oil If you are interested in more information and how you can purchase this oil… Read more here

In addition to essential oils there are many effective herbal supplements and tinctures available to us to boost our immune systems.  When you are at the clinic next time, remember to ask us for some recommendations.  We will be delighted to help you.  Fresh herbs and whole food remedies are a great resource as well because they have a higher frequency and potency which allows the body to absorb more of their value.

Add more protein: protein is a building block for a healthy body, mind, and immune system. It’s in muscle, bone, skin, hair, and virtually every other body part or tissue.  Protein in our body makes up the enzymes that power many chemical reactions and the hemoglobin that carries oxygen in your blood.  Diets low in protein tend to be high in carbohydrates which convert readily to glucose, spiking blood sugar and stressing the pancreas and the immune system.

Raw fruits and vegetables: contain fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes.  Many vitamins like C, are antioxidants and protect the cells of your body and can be found in fruit, especially the dark ones like blueberries and blackberries plus the nutritional content is high in their health value.

Protecting our  immune systems cells is important from damage by toxins in the environment.  As well as fruit, dark green vegetables like kale and spinach are great choices for their antioxidant and high vitamin content.  A perfect source for minerals is seaweed, which is sold dried, but can often be found raw in health food stores.

Reduce your coffee intake: Caffeine robs our bodies of minerals and vitamins, and it dehydrates us.  So,  if you have to drink coffee, make sure you add additional water into your diet and consider adding a mineral supplement to offset the loss from the caffeine. You might try switching occasional cups of coffee with herbal tea for a refreshing change.  There are so many lovely herbal teas out in the market today that are just begging to be tried … 🙂

Time spent outdoors in the cold stimulates the thyroid gland. Take every opportunity to spend time out in the cold, most of us spend too much time inside. Plus it’s good for your lungs, and even gentle exercise can make a noticeable difference to your health and happiness by releasing endorphins.

Our consciousness changes our body.  When you begin to become more aware of how you live and what thoughts drive your actions you also begin to create the conditions the body needs to nurture itself more effectively.  Become your Primary Health Giver

Nurture yourself.

Our bodies respond to our emotions – so if  you’re often overwhelmed and anxious, pay attention to warning signs such as a sore throat or exhaustion so you can keep them from getting worse.  The more content we are in life, the less likely we are to get sick or run down.  Taking time out for ourselves, spending time with friends, and indulging ourselves with self care is a great recipe for harmony and joy.  Invite happiness into your life by consciously being grateful for all that you have in your life.  Appreciation has a transformative affect on our whole being!

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