How to Fire up your Immune System to stay protected
With everything that is going on right now, all the precautions that are being put in place by our government to protect us from exposure and to prevent potential catastrophic outcomes, let’s talk today about some of the things that we can do ourselves to strengthen our immunity.
1. Sleep/rest – making time to get sufficient sleep – at least 8 hours on a daily basis, and rest when needed is one of the most important parts of self care, that will help you recharge your batteries and allow the immune system to keep up with what needs to be done. Sleep time is the time when your body does not require a lot of energy to keep on going, so it is the perfect time to use the extra available energy to do a proper clean up. It’s the perfect time to get rid of accumulated waste, recycle what’s needed and eliminate what is not, rebuild and repair damaged/old tissue among other things before the new day begins. If you feel run down and drained of energy, have a nap or 2 and schedule an early bed time to recuperate.
2. Water – drinking sufficient amounts of water will go a long way to keep your immune system running smoothly, as water is the medium through which toxins that are excreted from cells or waste products from infections are carried out of your body via your sweat, urine, sinuses, eyes, etc…It is one of the easiest ways to help your body to dilute the toxic burden and help to move it out effectively. If you are not someone who can easily drink up to 2 – 3L per day, start slow. The optimal amount of water we should all strive for on a daily basis is half your body weight in oz.
So, for example, if you weigh 160lb, you should be drinking 80 ozs of water, which is an equivalent of 10 cups (80 divided by 8), which would be an equivalent of 2.5L or 5 x 500ml water bottles. The more you weigh the more you need to drink to make sure you are effectively moving stuff out.
When in doubt what to drink, WATER is THE BEST. If you cannot stand the taste of water alone, be creative, throw in some berries, a slice of lemon and a drop of stevia to make it enjoyable. Herbal tea will work as well, but please be aware of caffeinated beverages such as coffee, black or green tea, or sodas as these will have a water draining effect on your body causing dehydration.
Also if you drink coffee on a regular basis, for each cup of coffee, you should add another 2 cups of water just to balance the loss of fluids.
3. Reduce the amount of sugar you are consuming. And let me clarify – white (processed) sugar is the biggest enemy here. The research has shown that 1 tsp of sugar is able to disarm your immune system up to 6 hours onward!!! Imagine that. In fact, at a blood sugar level of 120, the white blood cell’s ability to absorb and destroy viruses and bacteria is reduced by 75%. This blood sugar level would be easily obtained by any normal person eating some sugar – like a cookie, cake, candy, soda or even drinking fruit juice.
Even natural forms of sugar like honey, maple syrup or agave nectar will have a negative impact on your immunity if consumed in higher amounts. So, what can you do? Replace your sugar with a natural substitute like STEVIA (you can find in any grocery store – in a liquid or powder form) and intentionally reduce treats to a minimum. If you do like to have some baked goods every day, try to make your own with natural sweeteners and stevia.
4. Make intentional choices when it comes to food selection. To keep our immune system strong we need to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole foods and good quality protein like chicken, fish, turkey, eggs, beans, buts, etc. that contain good amounts of vitamins and minerals needed by the immune system. For some extra vitamin C, you can make a homemade lemonade – use STEVIA to sweeten it instead of sugar (remember sugar is not our friend), and drink daily. Fermented products like kombucha, sauerkraut, miso or fermented coconut yogurt are excellent sources of probiotics, and provide a boost to our immunity as well.
5. Make sure that you are scheduling into your daily routine some time outside. Exercise in the form of a brisk walk and exposure to the sun and fresh air will not only strengthen your immune system but will do wonders for your mental health as well. Let’s face it, with everything that is going on, with our lives being turned upside down, we all need a self care routine that will help us to keep calm and to keep things in perspective. Bodily movement will keep your lymphatic flow smooth and uninterrupted. And why would you need that? Well, the lymphatic system is your “garbage collector” so to speak, it collects all your waste material, dead cells, injured cells and debris from viruses and bacteria and carries it to the proper elimination channels. And because the lymph system does not have a pump to move things along, it relies on movement of our muscles (contraction and relaxation) to get things done. So lets put the sneakers on and lets get going.
6. Lastly, If are overwhelmed by anxiety and worries, make sure to build a routine that will help you to stay focused on things that you can do instead of focusing on the things you have no control over. Take this time as an opportunity to create something (I myself like working on puzzles and listening to a good beat – it has a very calming effect), organize yourself – maybe there is a project you have been putting off for some time – well now may be the right time to tackle that, or maybe you want to learn something new, – this is your time 🙂 Make this time into an opportunity that will enrich your life in some way. Be present, be mindful, make ir work. This too shall pass.
These are just a few things we can focus on to support ourselves and give ourselves an advantage.
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