Your immune system is you. It isn’t a separate organ, it is part of your whole being. It knows you, it works for you and with you. Processing and clearing virus’s, protecting you from harm. Helping to maintain a fully functioning immune system is vital for optimising your health. Food is your fuel, but it needs to right environment to be processed.
Here’s 9 steps to to maintain it
- Sleep – Regular sleep patterns with healthy routines is where your body gets rested and it has time to rejuvenate. Your brain clears out toxins when you sleep. It has a unique way of reducing the size of your blood vessel in your brain, so lymphatic fluid has space to clean out waste while you sleep.
- Sunlight -Daily sunlight increases your Vitamin D intake and helps you to feel better. Walking or sitting in dappled sunlight or tree bathing as the Japanese call it, increases serotonin (one of your feel good hormones)
- Light exercise – 6 days a week do some stretches, walk, move. It doesn’t have to be too strenuous. Little and often is the key. Movement is good for your mind, body and soul.
- Reduce stress – Calming your limbic and peripheral nervous system with massage and tapping techniques can actively reduce your stress. Increasing positive neural pathways, letting go of old limiting beliefs and past trauma can bring a better sense of well-being)
- Stay hydrated – Drink at least 2 litres of water daily. To stay accountable, measure out in a jug or large water bottle and you can mark on the side the times you need to get to that measure)
- Eat vegetables – A plant based diet, with some meat if you want, instead of a meat based with a few vegetables is a better balance. Aim for 5 handfuls of leafy greens. Eat a rainbow as the saying goes.
- Avoid sugary food and alcohol – Sugar causes inflammation in your body and alcohol increases toxins, both lower your immune defence.
- Take vitamin C – Boosting immune health is easy with vitamin C. Whenever you start with a cold, increase your dose. Vitamin C also enabled the body to absorb iron for red blood cell production too.
- Have a probiotic – (Kombucha or Kafir) around 70% of your immune system is located in your gut, so having healthy gut microbes enables your body to produce the right balance of hormones, get nutrients from food, improve moods. There’s many ways to get hold of kombucha. It’s very easy to make it yourself. I’ll do a video soon on how to do it. Check Facebook groups for starter scobies, and kafir cultures can be bought from health food stores.
Adopt these practices and feel good you’re making a real difference to your immune health.