5 Simple Tips to Boost the Immune System

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.
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  • 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!

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Reflexology and Me!

Reflexology is a complementary health therapy that involves the technique of applying pressure to reflexes most commonly on the feet but also the hands or face. The reflexes are said to correspond with different parts of the body, for example the left foot corresponds with organs, glands and nerves on the left side of the body whereas the right foot corresponds with the right side of the body. Massage and pressure applied to the reflexes has a corresponding effect throughout the whole body, this works to stimulate the body’s healing process, encourages a sense of deep relaxation and in turn brings about a state of balance and wellbeing.footmap-plantar

Benefits of Reflexology

The main benefit of reflexology is that it encourages deep relaxation, relieves tension in the feet and body and in turn reduces stress. When we fail to manage our stress levels it can compromise our immune system and leave us more prone to illness and disease, our blood vessels also tighten and restrict blood flow, circulation can become sluggish which can all disrupt the body’s natural balance.

There are over 7,000 nerve endings in our feet which send messages throughout the whole body, reflexology stimulates the nerves in our feet which then helps us to feel relaxed, our nervous system calms, blood flow, circulation and oxygen levels improve, energy flows and the body begins to start it’s healing process to bring back a state of balance.

How has Reflexology helped me…

Going through a stressful time and feeling like my hormones were out of balance due to Polycystic ovary syndrome, I experienced my first reflexology session, which I loved, fell asleep during and felt so relaxed!

I only managed to fit in one reflexology treatment a month but even felt like that made a difference to my health. I used to be a very anxious person and got extremely stressed out very easily but felt that reflexology gave me that time to relax, let go, eradicate tension and focus on calming my breathing, which later developed into a regular habit. I also noticed that my cycle began to regulate which previous to having treatments was all over the place! I feel that having regular reflexology played a ripple effect on my life, I began to want to take care of myself and my health, I started eating healthily, exercised (well attempted to) and allowed myself time to relax, all of which improved my overall wellbeing.

Why did I decide to become a reflexologist?

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Finishing my degree in sociology and going back to my job in customer services, following maternity leave I decided that after 10 years that I needed a career change! I always considered myself a ‘people person’, have a passion for complementary health therapies and after feeling the positive effects of reflexology I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great to put my skill and passion into helping others.

After studying at the prestigious London School of Reflexology, where I was trained by the amazing Louise, Keet, author of The Reflexology Bible, I gained my diploma and have been working as a reflexologist ever since. I am very passionate about my job and I am often more than amazed at the wonders that reflexology does. If you would like to experience reflexology please visit my website for more information http://www.yolandareflexology.com or contact me via Email: yolanda.reflexology@gmail.com or Telephone: 07583572190. I provide reflexology in Muswell Hill and also mobile around London, in the comfort of your home or place of work.