Immunity is the buzz word of the moment. Well that’s one good thing to come out of this so far. A focus on people’s health and immune systems. We can’t continue living in fast paced lives, without affecting our stress levels and s a result our immunity.
I’ve been working hard on my health for several years now and the biggest lesson I’ve learned? To look after my nervous system and immune system. They’re integral to our wellbeing and ability to thrive and create what we desire in this life.
For my personal health journey, my immunity was low because of how I handled the events of my life. Stress was a HUGE factor in my health, or lack of. I struggled to deal with life’s stresses, so adding meditation into my daily practice was a game changer!
Our immunity is hugely affected by stress, so many of these tips are to help manage anxiety and stress, not just healthy foods to add into your diet.
One of the most important things you can do! Here’s why I love it:
Deep breathing and opening
Calming the nervous system
Greater self awareness
Rewire neural pathways
Sitting in stillness most days over the last few years created huge amounts of change for me. And upping the length of my meditation so I sat in stillness for longer just deepened my sense of peace and wellbeing.
Im sure my immune system is stronger because of my ability to be present and accept and surrender to what is.
For those who have been meditating a while, I’m sure you’ll agree that its a huge part of why we can handle this crisis without so much panic and fear.
For those who don’t meditate so much, I can’t recommend it highly enough. If you get anxiety or have depression and struggle to deal with a lot of overwhelming thoughts, journaling daily to get those thoughts out of your head is a good place to start. Then when you start meditating, it will be less intense for you.
There’s daily meditation time during this global uncertainty to connect to the collective and ground in that love vibration.
UK 3pm Spain 4pm Bali 10pm
Stay connected and grounded during this time.
I’ve had this herb in my cupboard for a few months, and honestly haven’t taken it regularly due to its horrible taste!
However I’ve been having it daily for the last few weeks to continue building strength in my immune system.
Traditionally, organic ashwagandha has been prescribed as a nerve tonic and adaptogen—an agent which helps the body adapt to various emotional and physical stressors.
It has classically been used in India for nearly 5,000 years, known to help people strengthen their immune system.
It is a highly effective, evidence-based remedy to help REDUCE STRESS levels and anxiety.
What is an adaptogen?
Adaptogens are substances, a combination of amino acids, vitamins, and herbs, that MODERATE YOUR STRESS RESPONSE or reaction to a changing environment.. Adaptogens help the body cope with external stresses such as toxins in the environment and internal stresses such as ANXIETY and FEAR.
So you can see why adaptogens are so important to get in your system right now.
How to take it?
- Add 1 tsp powder to smoothies
- Add 1 tsp to ghee or honey
- Take in capsules
- Make a hot chocolate mix with raw cacao
You can find it on most online nutrition sites. I think this one I bought was from amazon.
3. LEMON, GINGER, GARLIC, TURMERIC, RAW HONEY
Ive started my days with lemon ginger and apple cider vinegar for years now. They’re always essentials items for me to have in. And now for you too.
It shouldn’t take a life threatening virus to make us look after our health more, but if that’s one of things the world learns from this, then that’s great .
Boil turmeric root, ginger, garlic, fresh rosemary then let it simmer for some minutes.
Then add freshly squeezed lemon, and raw honey and you’ve got yourself an immunity boosting tea.
Have this throughout the day in a flask. Make sure the honey is raw and not just the cheap stuff as that’s processed and not good for you.
You can also add apple cider vinegar.
4. HOT AND COLD SHOWERS
You don’t need any special herbs or supplements for this one! Just a working shower. I started hot and cold showers last summer and loved them.
Firstly it FELT good to move past the minds resistance to having a cold shower. Secondly my whole body felt energised and revitalised after each shower.
Scientists believe that hot and cold showers boost the number of disease fighting immune system cells called monocytes.
When the body is exposed to cold external temperatures, the flow of circulation is directed inward toward the internal organs.
As the outside temperature gets hot, the flow of circulation goes outward toward the skin.
Imagine an accordion. The body’s circulation starts to love in and out like this funky instrument! This movement allows anything stuck to begin to flow and increases flow of detoxification.
It also allows improves your skin as the blood flow increases to the capillaries at surface of the skin and help make it more elastic and firm. Even if its cold where you are right now, don’t let that stop you! What’s important to you?
Strengthening your immunity? Or having an extra 20 seconds of warm water in your shower?! I usually shower for a few minutes on hot then shower on the coldest setting for 30 seconds or so. Then back to hot for a couple of minutes, then back to cold.
It is really empowering. And so good for the body. Try it!
5. Reishi Mushrooms
When I was in Bali I was having Reishi tonics often. It’s known as the ‘mushroom of immortality’ and supposedly as early as 206 BC was used as a tonic to prolong life, prevent aging and boost qi.
Renowned for its anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties, reishi mushroom has also shown to increase the concentrations of white blood cells and hemoglobin, helping in supporting the body against cancer. It fortifies the whole body, helping bring the total being into balancer.
It will slowly build up mental strength, clarity, focus and consciousness. But it needs to be taken consistently for these benefits to happen.
It is an adaptogen, so again, it helps moderate your body’s stress response to external and internal triggers. You can buy it as a tea or in powder form.
6. Reduce FEAR and focus on how you WANT to feel.
Your emotional health is INSTRINSICALLY linked to your immune system. So cultivating an awareness of your thoughts and emotions is quite possibly the most powerful of all for immunity. Fear can capture us all, causing us to freeze, panic and go into a state of overwhelm.
Now lets face it, when we see someone stressed, they don’t exactly look a the picture of health.
We may not be in control of what is happening in the world but we are in control of the way we RESPOND to it. We can choose our thoughts, feelings and actions. Remembering that living in fearful thoughts weakens the immune system could well be what can shift your awareness into a higher state of being.
Psychology today says,
“Your immune system is a collection of billions of cells, and some target organs that have the primary job of keeping you healthy and fighting off disease. Your immune system cells travel throughout your body and defend it against antigens, such as viruses. Unrelenting cortisol, your primary stress hormone, suppresses your immune system by reducing the number of its virus-fighting cells.
When stress, anxiety, worry, overwhelm, depression and isolation are left unchecked they actually reduce the effectiveness of your immune system and make you, and those around you much more susceptible to getting sick.”
Most of us are so disconnected from the Earth. We walk around in shoes, on concrete floors, in concrete building, surrounded by wifi signals. When in fact do we connect to the healing frequencies of this wonderful planet we live on?
Past societies went barefoot or wore leather footwear made from hides that allowed the energy from the Earth to rise up into their bodies. They were grounded.
The Chopra Centre says,
The Earth is like a gigantic battery that contains a natural, subtle electrical charge—a special kind of energy present in the ground. For safety and stability, most everything in the electrical world is connected to it, whether it is an electric power plant or your refrigerator. That’s what the term “grounded” means. Being grounded also applies to people.
You are a bioelectrical being living on an electrical planet. Your body operates electrically. All of your cells transmit multiple frequencies that run, for example, your heart, immune system, muscles, and nervous system.”
Most of us in times of stressful times lose this precious connection.
Grounding is a way to empower ourselves to feel good in any moment. Something as simple as taking your shoes and socks off and feeling the grass or the soil beneath you feet could drastically increase your sense of wellbeing. Try it. Sit, stand, or walk on soil, grass, sand, or concrete. These are all conductive surfaces from which your body can draw the Earth’s energy.
We can take as much control of our own health as possible in these times, not just with the food we eat but with self loving practices. I hope these suggestions find you well.