The old adage that we have nothing without our health is so true. As the world is facing a great challenge currently, many of us are searching for information to support our body, in every way possible. Let me note that I am not a medical expert, nor am I an advanced researcher, in the traditional sense of the word. What I AM, is a regular person who has experienced an extraordinary amount of positive changes from the practices I will share with you. I encourage you to use this information as a “jumping off” point to begin your own research, and to implement positive lifestyle changes that resonate with you. As always, consult your physician and health team for direction and collaborative support. Focus on wellness as a PROACTIVE, vs. REACTIVE goal. For many of us raised in western regions of the world, this is not a common concept. We are bombarded with advertisements for pharmaceutical medicines, and their list of possible terrifying side effects. These are sandwiched in between ads for junk food, toxin-laden cleaners, and personal care products. Luckily, (insert sarcasm here) there’s also plenty of insurance ads, so we know who to call when we are chronically ill from all of the above. I’m here to be the voice of reason that it does not need to be like this. We have been sold an inaccurate belief that illness and dis-EASE are common and inevitable. Yes, our bodies are organic and ever-changing. Yes, we all succumb to illnesses. But..being chronically ill is NOT NORMAL! Our bodies are a complex and beautiful host for systems created to be in balance. Our bodies were created to be HEALTHY! With that in mind, read on for 5 simple steps to naturally boost immunity and overall wellness. 1. Eat consciously. We’ve all heard, “you are what you eat”. It’s simple and true. Choose whole, organically farmed foods that are packed with nutrients. Load up on veggies, especially the green leafy ones. Eat fruits - I know, all my keto fans are outtie. But for the rest, fruits, especially citrus, are a great way to increase Vitamin C and d-Limonene. Google this, and learn about all the benefits. Add berries to get an antioxidant boost. Lean proteins support our muscles, joints, cartilage and overall wellness. I’m a long time pescatarian, so I get most of my protein from fish and plants. If you choose to consume meats, try to stick to those that are organic and ethically farmed. If you don’t know why I recommend this, do a few quick searches. I’ll spare you all the yucky details here. Yes, it’s more expensive, but your body and health are worth it. I believe that whole grains, in moderation, are important too. I follow a gluten-free diet and have for over a decade. A few better choices for side dishes are lentil and chickpea-based pasta, cauliflower rice, ummm..actually, cauliflower, EVERYTHING! I’m sure you already know what I’m going to suggest you reduce or avoid, but it bears repeating - highly processed food, foods with added sugar, and sugar in general. I also recommend avoiding artificial sweeteners. It’s all chemicals that our bodies don’t recognize and have difficulty processing. Just say no. If you have a sweet tooth like me, try pure organic maple syrup, agave or honey. Moderation is the key here.
2. Get movin’. Consistent exercise supports every system in our bodies, most especially circulation, respiration, and immunity. If you are someone who enjoys high-intensity exercise, go for it! If you’ve not been regularly exercising and looking to start, begin slowly. There are many that believe that moderate, daily exercise, such as walking is an effective way to meet your body’s movement requirements. I take cues from the activities of people in other cultures that thrive well into advanced age. Many have never been to a gym and would be clueless about HIIT classes. What they do is daily physical activity. Movement of any sort is beneficial. Get out there and garden, walk the dog, do the yard work, go on a cleaning spree...it all counts, and it all adds up! Bonus points for exercise outdoors with fresh air and if the sun is out, Vitamin D.
3. Utilize the plant power of essential oils. Essential oils are the lifeblood of plants that help them to grow and prosper. These oils can do the same for us. Some oils to consider to provide extra support are lemon, cinnamon bark, rosemary, oregano, eucalyptus, clove, lemongrass, and orange. A word to the wise - quality is everything. Essential oils are trendy now, but they’ve been utilized throughout history. Do your research and select oils from a company that has a proven record of purity, effectiveness, and sustainability. Some questions to consider: Are this company’s oils produced on their farms, using organic standards? Are these farms open to visits by the general public? Are the oils free of pesticides and fillers? Is the label free of warnings, such as “not for topical or internal use”? How many years has the company been in business? Remember..anything that you are putting on your body, is absorbed by your skin INTO your body. Choose wisely.
4. Supplement your healthy diet. Supplements are a great way to support our body’s immunity and overall wellness. You are probably hearing about this topic non-stop if you are reading this around the date first published. Please remember that supplements are just that, an ADDITION to a healthy diet and lifestyle. Not a substitute. Some supplements to consider are Vitamin C, D and E, and the mineral, Zinc. I personally believe in the benefits of a high-quality multivitamin, multi-mineral, and food-based daily supplement. Again, I trust that you will do your research to obtain high-quality supplements because you are SMART, and...read through all of the directions in step 3. You should always check with your medical professional to ensure that these supplements are supporting your body’s specific needs.
5. Incorporate mindfulness practices. During times of intense stress, our bodies are more susceptible to illness. It’s vital to add activities to combat the emotional charge of fear, worry, anxiousness, anger, frustration, and grief. Here’s good news - you get to choose how you respond to every situation you face. You get to choose what mindfulness practices resonate with you. Meditation, deep breathing, journaling, affirmations are simple techniques that we can all do. Bonus: they are FREE! If you’re feeling overwhelmed as to where to start, pick one technique and try it for at least 3 days. Be patient with yourself. If you're new to this, it may take a while for you to get your mind to slow its roll. That's ok. Keep trying, practice makes perfect. Do a quick YouTube search. You will find so many free resources for everything from yoga, to sound baths to guided meditations and affirmations. The options are literally endless. As an energy worker, I also encourage you to try virtual Reiki or a related energy technique. It is just as effective from a distance, as it is in person. There’s no better time to get energetic support from a professional. We are here and ready to assist.
I hope this information provides simple ways to support your immunity and wellness in general. Taking these 5 proactive steps is a great path towards living above the wellness line. This list is far from all-inclusive, so please share your best wellness tips in the comments so that we may all learn and grow from each other. Let’s decide to #bewell, together.