As most of us are shifting into the Fall season, this is becomes an opportune time to engage deeper into wellness practices that enhance and boost our immune systems. To curb the onset of the waves of colds and flus, simple holistic practices can readily reduce the occurrence and duration of these seasonal maladies.
Some of my preferred ways of keeping my immune system operating well:
REDUCE STRESS: Eliminating acute and chronic negative stress reduces loads on the body overall allowing for a better balance of hormonal functions to set in. This, in turn, places less burden on the immune system. Explore meditation, relaxation and breathing exercises on a regular basis to purge stress and heavy energy that are taxing the immune system.
INCREASE CIRCULATION: Our immune system benefits from getting the lymphatic system flowing. Lymph fluid carries pathogens and other waste materials through lymph nodes to be processed and eliminated. Light exercise, yoga, and gentle inverting of the legs (ie Legs Up The Wall pose) support greater circulation throughout the lymphatic system.
GET AMPLE SLEEP: Make sleep a priority heading into these cold and flu seasons. I also fully encourage taking naps when opportunities present themselves. Help yourself fall in deeper sleep patterns by avoiding television viewing just prior to going to bed. Instead, enjoy some time reading, meditating or other relaxing activities for the nervous system. Consider consuming sleep-boosting foods like bananas, oatmeal or chamomile tea before bed.
CRANK UP YOUR DIET WITH IMMUNE BOOSTING FOODS: Significantly reduce your intake of processed foods including refined sugars. Saturate your meals with nutrient-rich whole foods containing generous levels of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. Take this to an even greater level by regularly adding super foods to your meals and snacks. Some immune boosting super foods that I have been enjoying regularly (thanks to the team at Giddy Yoyo):
Maca – a root that belongs to the radish family and is grow in Peru, Maca is most commonly available in powder form. It is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E as well, it provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. Maca is believed to boost energy and mood while also balancing hormones.
Golden Berries – these mighty, semi-tart berries from Ecuador offer a hefty dose of vitamins, bioflavonoids, and antioxidants.
Chaga – a slow maturing mushroom, which grows primarily on birch trees, obtains nutrients from its host and makes these nutrients available to us. Chaga is considered to be a powerful antioxidant extremely high in vital phytochemicals, nutrients, and free-radical scavenging antioxidants, especially melanin.
Chlorella – broken cell wall Chlorella (Chlorella Pyrenoidosa) is a cultivated single-celled fresh water grown green algae that contains high levels of chlorophyll (the stuff that makes plants green-green pigments used by organisms that convert sunlight into energy via photosynthesis). Being one of the ultimate super foods, chlorella is top of my list as a immune boosting supplement.
Camu camu – a superfood champion originating from the Amazonian rainforest in Peru and Brazil. Known to be one of the most nutrient-dense concentrated botanical sources of Vitamin C in the world (2–3% of fresh weight), Camu camu may offer considerable disease prevention benefits including the prevention of colds and flus.
An important note when changing your diet and/or adding new super foods and supplements – read labels and consider consulting a qualified nutritional expert to insure these changes to your nutrition plan are appropriate.
GIDDY YOYO IMMUNE BOOSTER GIVEAWAY
I am excited to be able to give away 1 (one) $50 gift certificate from my friends at Giddy Yoyo. To enter to win, go to my Facebook page and enter your comment to the question provided (“What types of super foods or whole foods do you integrate in your nutrition plan to boost your immune system?”). Giveaway runs from Tuesday, September 29, 2015 (9 am EST) to Monday, October 5, 2015 (9 pm EST). Winner will be chosen via random draw and will be announced on Facebook. Giveaway prize can not be redeemed for cash value.