There are many reasons our immune system gets weakened. Not getting enough sleep? Who’s NOT guilty of that these days? I know I sure am! Working too much, not drinking enough fluids, not cleaning enough or cleaning too much, too much stress (is there a way to avoid that?), poor diet, not enough exercise and exposure to toxins in the environment.
So, what’s one to do? It seems we are attacked coming and going. Well, there are ways to help support your immune system. And you can do it naturally!
1. Begin by making sure you are getting enough sleep. Winding down at night, making sure you unplug yourself from electronics an hour or two prior to bedtime for a better night’s rest. Have a dark, quiet room to sleep in. Trying to go to bed at the same time each night also helps program your body when to sleep. If you still have trouble there are many essential oils that may aide in promoting a restful sleep. Either by adding a drop or two to your pillow, or diffusing them in the air, or simply placing them (diluted) behind your ears or on your wrist prior to sleep.
Lavender assists in emotional balance, anxiety, relaxes the nervous system and helps lessen feelings of stress.
Vetiver can be very sedating to your nervous system and it can help you stay asleep once you have achieved asleep.
Cedarwood is calming, helps relieve tension and is really great at helping you fall asleep. My boys ask for it specifically and if I diffuse it near me, I tend to catch myself dozing off.
2. Manage your stress levels. If your body is under a large amount of stress it will wear you down and begin to affect your immune system making it harder and harder to fight off illness.
Be aware that stress can be both good and bad. Meaning, your body doesn’t make the discernment. Stress from getting married to losing your job. Either way, it’s still stress on your body.
3. Make yourself a priority. Many times we take care of others to the point we become drained and exhausted. We should always be giving to others from the overflow of what we have in ourselves.
4. Take a weekly yoga class. Yoga has been shown to reduce stress levels and even blood pressure! Better yet, try to incorporate a short daily yoga routine at home, that’s what I do and I love it!
Don’t think you have time for that? Try Yoga Nidra. Here’s a basic introduction: Click here.
You can easily incorporate this into your bedtime routine! Thanks to my friend Katia who introduced me to this!
5. Meditation or daily prayer has also been shown to reduce stress levels and tension.
6. There are many essential oils to help manage your stress. I carry these around in roller bottles (link) with me as I need them during the day. Lavender, Melissa, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, and a couple of essential oils blends called Restful and Grounding Blends are generally what I reach for.
7. Keep your surfaces clean. while not over-doing it, is also helpful for your immune health. You can add essential oils to a wash cloth while cleaning: lemon, melalueca, and I also have a protective blend I love to use to clean with. I use it for just about everything from cleaning counters, to a greasy stove. I also love to diffuse it during the cold season to keep the air clean and it also allows surfaces to remain clean as well.
8. Make sure you are hydrating yourself. Drink half of your body weight in ounces, preferably water as well as eating quality food. Limiting the amount of processed foods you eat and eat as much organic non-GMO foods you can. Also, eating grass-fed, antibiotic and steroid-free meat helps too.
9. If you’re not taking a good quality vitamin, now might be a good time to start. Did you know that the nutrition found in one apple in 1960 would equal over 30 apples today? The soil is that depleted from nutrients. We aren’t doing a good job adding them back in or allowing the fields to rest between harvests.
I always advise to please do research on what vitamins you decide to take. Many of them are synthetic and are not used properly by your body. You want vitamins made from whole foods and nutrients. Nothing synthetic. You want it to also be highly bioavailable, which means your body will have an easier time absorbing it and making it readily available for your body to use.
Here is my family’s favorite multivitamin, nutrient, anti-oxidant and omega 3 supplement trio. It’s called Long Life Vitality. It’s been shown to improve your immune system, reduce inflammation and depression and increase energy! Yes, they even have a children’s formula!
10. Buy organic food when you can. This is another way to reduce toxic load not only beyond removing harsh chemical cleaners from your home. Not sure where to start with your groceries? Here is a link to the dirty dozen foods to help you budget.
11. Cleanse your body from the toxins that it has already come in contact with. Besides breathing in and eating toxins, your skin will actually absorb them. Did you know that your body generates fat cells to surround toxins as a way to protect itself from them? It’s a way to protect your body’s organs.
Today’s world is full of toxic assaults. By cleansing your body from toxins, it reduces the load your body is carrying which result in a stronger, more effective immune system.
I hope these tips help you on your journey. My passion is improving lives. Please connect with me so I can help you meet your health needs.
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