Anytime there are Immune challenges, the idea is for you to stay balanced, resilient and keep your Immune system strong. Try these straightforward ideas and easily purchased items to boost your Immunity now as we finish up this year’s Flu season, at month’s end, and ward off the spread of Coronavirus.
- Stay hydrated! Drinking water pumps the Lymphatic system, which interfaces with the Immune system. Water hydrates all internal skin (membranes) and external skin. It’s also a great way to stay regular.
- Minimize or eliminate sweets/treats and simple carbs, as they feed organisms, lower Immune resistance and generally create inflammation.
- Eat well and often (balancing those complex carbs, proteins, and good fats). Be careful to not fall into poor food choice habits or take unhealthy shortcuts.
- Eat regularly. This balances blood sugar and minimizes digestive stress. And speaking of digestion, this would be a great time to break out that Apple Cider Vinegar and take: 1 tsp. to 1 Tbl. in 2 oz. of water to improve your digestion. Try to drink this before you eat, at each meal.
- Minimize coffee and alcohol consumption – both are diuretics and create inflammation. Both can be stressors. Alcohol, of course, converts to sugar and can feed organisms.
- Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night as restful sleep builds stronger Immunity.
- Sleep is huge for your mental and emotional balance too, so have a nap if you need one!
- Remember to move your bodies every day. Enjoy getting outside, as it can be such a mental re-set.
Some of my favorites from Sprouts, Natural Grocers, Whole Foods, or Frontier Co-op:
- Olba’s inhaler – A classic Immune essential oil combination that is in a small tube, the size of a lipstick. To use: close-off 1 nostril and sniff the inhaler through the other nostril. Repeat on the opposite side. As you inhale, you’ll feel the vapors move through your nose and sinuses, making their way to your lungs.
- Olba’s cough drops – Very strong and effective without the sugar.
- Host Defense Energy Support – This is Cordyceps mushrooms, a fantastic Immune builder, especially for the lungs. They make capsules and liquid (tincture). Caps are easier to travel with and we take it [one to two, three times a day] at the first sign of lung congestion.
Remember to be gentle and supportive with yourselves now. Don’t watch too much TV or spend too much time on the internet or Social Media, as fear can be such a powerful detractor. Detractor? Yes, the time we have been given to unplug from many of our daily activities allows us to pull in, be quiet, cook more, spend time with friends and family – even by phone or video chat, and do/complete projects that have been creating mental plaque!