With the flu, coughs and colds in the atmosphere and the temperature dropping as we draw closer to winter, I thought it would be a good time to put out a blog post of 5 simple tips to boost the immune system. Please note that by all means this should not be taken as medical advice but just some tips from my experience that work well for me.
- The first point I would address would be to have a good diet, consisting of whole foods and plenty of fruit and vegetables, organic wherever possible. Try to reduce salt, sugar, saturated fat, processed, refined and fried foods as they provide minimal nutritional content, they can also rob the body of essential nutrients and weaken the immune system, sugar can suppress the immune system by up to 50%! In colder months I like to incorporate garlic, lemon, ginger and turmeric in my cooking due to their immune boosting properties and one good way to include all of them is to make a vegetable or chicken soup.
- My second point would be to make sure you are drinking a sufficient amount of fluids, especially water as it is essential for the body to function at optimum levels. Water also helps to flush out toxins and waste products from the body. As well as water I like to drink fresh vegetable and fruit juices, one I make when I feel like a boost includes oranges, carrots, lemon juice, turmeric and ginger.
- My third point is sleep, good quality, sufficient sleep! Not only is sleep a replenisher of vital energy but deprivation of it can suppress the immune system and leave us vulnerable to picking up colds and the flu. I have found that by not using technology an hour before bed and drinking certain herbal teas such as lemon balm or chamomile help me to wind down. I have also been using the Lumie Bodyclock, that helps me to fall asleep with a fading sunset. The Lumie Bodyclock provides light cues which are supposed to set a healthy sleep cycle and personally I can say that since using it, I’ve been drifting off within 10 minutes. I can use essential oils with my Bodyclock and have been using lavender for it’s calming effect and tea tree as it is said to have immune stimulating properties. If you are interested in purchasing the Lumie Bodyclock, take advantage of my special offer of book a reflexology treatment before 10th December and receive 15% off the Lumie Bodyclock Iris 500 visit my webpage http://www.yolandareflexology.com for more information on treatments.
- My forth point is to reduce stress! Living a busy, fast-paced lifestyle, being always on the go or constantly stressed can take its toll on our health leaving us suspeptible to illness or disease. It is so important that we don’t allow ourselves to get to that point and give our body the care that it deserves. There are numerous techniques to try to help reduce stress, one being reflexology which can really help promote relaxation, reduce stress and relieve tension. Please also see my blog post ‘stress! Let go, relax, unwind’ for more helpful information on ways to reduce stress.
- Exercise is my last point and is not something I particularly enjoy doing, however it will make you feel good and help to maintain good health. Exercise does not need to be intense workouts at the gym as even daily brisk walks can help!