Immune support plan
As we are surrounded by uncertainty, our minds tend to create stories as we try to find answers and gain control of the situation we are facing. Now there are many things that we do not have control over, one thing we do is our health and how we treat our bodies. What we chose to put into our bodies can nourish us and protect us by boosting our immune system so our bodies remain strong and healthy. There are also foods that you can remove from your body that cause inflammation and lead to dis-ease. When we nourish our bodies, it brings the body back to homeostasis. Homeostasis is the state in which the body is in balance and can heal itself. Here are some recommendations on how to nourish our bodies, support the immune system and bring our bodies back to health.
Vitamins and minerals are extremely important for the immune system. These can be taken in supplement form or in their natural food sources:
In holistic nutrition, we always look at the big picture. One very important factor in immune health is minimizing stress. As mentioned above, when we are in the fight or flight our digestive system shuts down, hence our immune system also shuts down. Making sure to take the time to slow down and rest, digest and recharge your internal battery is of utmost importance.
Exercise- our lymphatic system, which is an important component to the immune system, doesn’t have its own drainage system. It requires sweating and movement to release toxins. Exercise a way to stimulate the lymphatic system, release toxins from the body and boost our immune system.
Dry Skin Brushing – Dry skin brushing is an ayurvedic technique that will also stimulate the lymphatic system. Start at the extremities and brush in circular motion towards your heart with a dry bristle brush.
Epsom salt bath – soaking in an Epsom salt bath will give you the benefits of magnesium as well and warm your body and help it relax. If you are not a bath person, try plugging the tub, add some Epsom salts and have a shower. Your feet will absorb the Epsom salts and you will benefit from the steam of the hot shower.
Do something you love to do- focusing your mind on a hobby or activity that brings you joy is a great way to stay out of your head and in the present moment. When you are relaxed and present, your body can rest and digest and boost your immune system.
In summary, sometimes we get focused on all the things around us that we do not have control over, but there are many things we that we do have control. When we focus our attention on wholesome natural foods that nourish our cells giving our bodies the ability to heal and repair itself, bringing us back to homeostasis. When our bodies are in homeostasis it can heal itself, and who wouldn’t benefit from that?!?!
The information is for informational purposes only. Always follow the directions on the bottle of any supplement taken unless under supervision of a healthcare provider.
I'm Elizabeth and I love cooking! When my son was faced with many different food allergies, cooking became very challenging. Now I like to educate people about what they are putting in their mouth as well as inspire others that cooking healthy allergen friendly foods are easy and delicious. For recipes, visit my Instagram account @holisticmommabear