Allow self-healing by using these simple tips
Your immune system is like a best friend.
It defends your body against infections and illnesses.
However, if your lifestyles don’t nurture it, it can turn against your own body.
Have you ever woken up one day to realize your energy level is just not what it used to be? You dread the after-lunch hour at work and do your best to stay awake when your boss swings by your desk. Or you get an annoying allergy ‘out-of-the-blue’.
You’re not alone. Just in the past decade, autoimmune disorders worldwide are on the rise due to decreased immune system power. We live more hectic lifestyles, worry more, eat more processed foods than ever and postpone our workouts until tomorrow.
Nurturing the immune system is like nurturing a relationship. It’ a give and take process and it pays off to keep the immune system happy. When we do, we’re thankful for the vibrancy it offers back.
So how do we boost the immune system naturally and for best long-term results?
I wish I could tell you it was simple, and there’s an overnight trick to nurturing the immune system. And guess what - it is pretty simple, but it takes patience. The best part is that once you commit, all the holistic ways of taking care of your body stop feeling like something you have to do. These habits can become an integral part of your life. You can learn to love them so much that you won’t even consider living without them.
Here are 10 simple regular habits that will boost your immune system naturally, patiently:
1. Drink plenty of water.
How much is plenty? About half your body weight in ounces. Our bodies are about 60% water. Water helps flush out toxins, ease nutrients into our cells, and helps maintain healthy metabolism. Water therapy is an ancient tool used in many cultures to prevent or cure diseases. And if you want to get the most out of your purified beverage - drink warm water with lemon on an empty stomach every morning. It will super-charge your metablosim.
2. Take a 10-min hot bath.
Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hotel_zugspitze/Add bath salts and a few drops of lavender oil for a more heavenly rest. The rest will allow your body’s self-repair mechanism to activate, lowering cortisol and strengthening your immune system.
Last month I got a chance to be at the I Can do It! Hay House event in NYC. And I kid you not, I listened to a congressman rave about the benefits of meditation. You may agree Tim Ryan is not your average congressman. You get my point though - if meditation is so mainstream that politicians and executives swear by it, then we have no excuse not to consider it. Meditation can literally change your brain after only 20 days of 5 mins/day. It will allow you to tap your creative side better, reduce stress, and increase grey matter in your brain. This in turn allows for more positive emotions, heightened focus throughout the day, and better memory. Now it’s your time to grab your meditation pillow and carve a few mins in your day for all this amazing stuff.
4. Juice veggies.
Juicing will power your body with vitamins and give you an almost immediate feeling of wellness. Juicing over time also helps me keep my love for chocolate at bay. It really works miracles with cravings. It doesn’t have to be time-consuming or pricey, either. I use this inexpensive and amazing juicer daily for an immune system and energy boost.
Yoga is a form of meditation - a moving meditation. It’s also a great way to tone the body and offers poses that activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This nervous system is the reason yoga feels oh soo good. The parasympathetic system it's responsible for telling your muscles to relax, improving your digestion and assimilation, boosting immunity, and helping you sleep better.
6. Get a colonic.
Imagine getting a new car. It runs so well and the best part is that you don’t have to worry about anything breaking down. At least for a while. Now imagine you drive that same car for 2 years without getting an oil change. The car may start underperforming and even breaking down at some point. Our bodies are the same way when it comes to maintenance. Most allergic responses and immune system troubles actually start with digestion. If we eat a balanced diet without additives from processed foods, sugar, too much gluten, etc., then our bodies can maintain balance with no extra help. But often, especially after holidays, our digestive systems can become congested. Colonics can do wonders for restoring the self-healing power of your body.
7. Cleanse your liver.
The liver filters and cleans all toxins that enter your body. If it becomes congested, naturally, your immune system gets impacted. Doing a gentle liver cleanse once a year can support your liver to function well.
8. Get acupuncture.
After a few months of coping with allergies, I was exhausted of trying and failing. I’d heard of acupuncture, and decided to give it a try. After just one session, my allergies were gone. Not permanently though. They did come back in a few weeks, althought at a smaller extent. So I had 2 more sessions. I really believe in the power of acupuncture, especially after seeing it work for me. If you’re trying to boost your immune response, give acupuncture a try.
Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrianaakrap/Laughing is not only fun - it will leave you energized. If you’re not in a funny mood, or around fun people, watch a funny video, or go to a comedy show.
10. Have the courage to follow your dreams.
As Lissa Rankin says in her book Mind Over Medicine Ask yourself, “What does my body need in order to heal?” If your intuition says, “You have to quit that soul-sucking job” or “You’ve got to get out of that abusive relationship,” listen up.
How about you? How do you keep your immune system happy? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!