Updated: Jan 3
A good immunity = good health and a great foundation to build to even greater health! It also gives us confidence to enter the Winter months with an internal fortitude that feels solid, safe and sensible. After all, as the age old saying goes....without our health we have nothing. Our health is most certainly our wealth.
So how can we boost our immunity so that we don't catch every Winter lurgy going? Or perhaps not fall ill but just feel tired and rubbish most of the time. How can we boost immunity to feel more vital, healthy - and alive?
Less sick days and less moments where we are feeling less than is where we all want to be. Which is why taking better care of our mind, body and soul is essential. A 'whole-listic' approach is the best way to keep at our best from absolute tip to toe.
It must be said that it is not enough to just rely on supplementation to improve immunity, although sure this is always a good thing (However, we recommend Vitamin C, A, E as a priority amongst many others for an immune boost but please check with your GP or health practitioners before adopting any new supplements) - but it is more the every day tweaks that will make a long term and marked difference to your immunity. Thankfully there are many every day lifestyle changes you can make to fend off illnesses and to help your immune system function optimally. Here are some of out top tips to staying match fit and improving immunity!
Reducing stress....stress has a nasty way of sending the body into red alert. Stress cannot be avoided in this fast paced modern 3D world but it can certainly be managed and reduced. Stress has numerous negative effects on the body, be it real or perceived these stressors are processed in the body the same way, be it emotional or work related or just down to every day stressors - the body reacts to all of these the same. Stress can change appetite, put you into fight or flight mode - raise your blood pressure, hike up Cortisol (the hormone responsible for fat around your middle), induce sleep issues, heart rate increases and cause many more health issues. This is why the immune system often drops when we are stressed as we are taxed in so many ways. Top ways to reduce stress is eat and drink to optimise your health, try meditation to relax the mind and your thoughts, treat yourself to a relaxing massage or perhaps an immunity building Reiki treatment, remove yourself from stressful situations, set boundaries and always set realistic goals and expectations, exercise regularly and so on.
Eat a diet high in fruit and veg.....yes, we have heard this time and time again but how many of us only manage a smoothie in the morning? Try and implement the golden 5 a day. One simple way to increase Vitamin C without having to eat too many oranges would be to start the day with a lemon tea, with freshly squeezed lemon and hot water.
Get adequate sleep...This is where many of us fail as we may be up late unwinding from a busy day and need some time relax for ourselves but if we are regularly going to bed too late then our immunity naturally falls over time. It can make a great difference to the overall immunity levels in your system if you are getting solid sleep on a regular basis. If you are finding it hard to fall asleep at a decent time try to reduce Internet use after 9pm, a soothing warm bath, Camomile tea, Lavender or even a slow yoga session in your PJs right before bed!
Increase antioxidants...Recent clinical trials have found that antioxidant supplementation can significantly improve certain immune responses. Specifically, supplementation with vitamins C, E, and A or beta-carotene increased the activation of cells involved in immunity in the elderly.
Hydrate to feel great! Water plays many important roles in your body, including supporting your immune system. A fluid in your circulatory system called lymph, which carries important infection-fighting immune cells around your body, is largely made up of water. Being dehydrated slows down the movement of lymph, sometimes leading to an impaired immune system. To help support your immune system, be sure you're replacing the water you lose with water you can use — which starts with knowing how much you need. Aim for 8 glasses a day and you'll be where you need to be.
Exercise to support your immune system...Physical activity isn't just for building muscles or destressing — it's also an important part of being healthy and supporting a healthy immune system. It does this by boosting your overall circulation, making it easier to detox and send healthy and protective virus fighting cells all over your body.
Studies show that taking just 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise every day helps stimulate your immune system. Another reason to stay active and keep moving! For more info on our hot yoga sessions and other classes please visit: https://www.yinyangtherapies.com/service-page/destress-into-autumn-with-hot-yoga
Please note there are many more top tips for boosting immunity and everyone will react differently to all of the above. It's a case of tracking how you feel and tracking your health as you go. Have fun exploring how you can improve your immunity and take note of how you feel along the way to learn and improve.
We are proud to offer a free health consultation before every treatment too so make sure you are making the most of our offer. Look forward to treating and meeting you all soon and you can browse the numerous health boosting treatments and yoga classes we offer here: https://www.yinyangtherapies.com/browse-book-online
Here's to a healthier immunity and happier community!