Optimal immune system strength helps you live better and longer and ward off disease, especially as your age creeps up and your exposure to toxins and germs rises. A natural approach to a healthy body comes easily when you life a Wellness Lifestyle.
Wellness Lifestyle Approach: Immune Support Every Day
We have within us the power to heal ourselves. Our effectiveness at such healing in the face of Lyme’s Disease, COVID-19, and chronic illness due to our environment or lifestyle choices should be a major concern for each of us.
Sunshine, fresh air, daily walks, positive attitude, low stress, great sleep, and so many more wonderful daily lifestyle choices will facilitate and enhance your body’s immune function. Some want or need more. That’s where Zen and Vitality comes into play!
The mind, in addition to medicine, has powers to turn the immune system around. ~ Dr Jonas Salk
5 Wellness Practices for a Strong Immune System
Zoa would be delighted to meet with you about which tools are most likely to help you now and later. Whether you need online or in person support, Zen and Vitality with Zoa in La Plata, MD is here to help you feel better not older and definitely not sick!
- Rebounder for Stimulating Lymph Fluid Flow
- Infrared Sauna to Increase Blood Flow
- Meditation for Rest and Energy
- Gut-Friendly Foods to Boost Your Immune System
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It is astounding how much the immune system is strengthened by reducing daily mental stress levels with either visualization or meditation. The other great tonic for the immune system is love—loving ourselves as well as others. ~ Dr Bernie Siegel
Wellness Practice 1: Rebounder for Stimulating a Strong Immune System
Do you remember bouncing on a trampoline when you were a kid? Yes, it was a long time ago but you can bounce again, safely and gently, in order to stimulate your immune system and lymphatic system. Perhaps you found out about rebounding by reading Wellness Mama’s post about the Health Benefits of Rebounding – if not go ahead!
Your lymph system, your body’s trash removal system, is important to your body’s ability to fight off infections. Your immune system targets and attacks invaders inside you. Your lymph system then flushes out the unwanted viruses, bacteria, toxins, by products, and other things that your body removes in order to feel healthy. Your lymph fluid needs to flow and movement is the pump that creates flow. Without taking your feet off the Rebounder, you can gently bounce to get your needed lymph flow (and blood flow!) which serves to boost your immune system.
Wellness Practice #2: Infrared Sauna to Increase Blood Flow
Your immune system controls an army of attackers that can take out infections and invaders upon command. These white blood cells, T-cells, and B-cells are like army soldiers. Once on the ground, they will fight and overcome their opponent. However in order to be effective and win, they have to first get to battlefield!
Blood flow is the superhighway that delivers the warriors to the infection site. Heat increases blood flow. An Infrared Sauna heats the body from the inside out, so your immune function rises as your temperature and blood flow through the entire body rises.
Want more information before you try it? Read at Hormones & Balance about why you should Try an Infrared Sauna to Bolster Your Immune System Against Colds and Flu and then give me a call!
Wellness Practice #3: Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is plant medicine at its most intense due to the highly concentrated nature of essential oils. Essential oils can be used to stimulate the immune system, reduce stress, kill viruses and bacteria, decrease inflammatory responses, and much more. Aromatherapy can be a powerful tool with many at home recipes for you to try – such as the 4 Aromatherapy Recipes to Boost Your Immune System by Deepak Chopra.
You may choose to experience aromatherapy in each of the private rooms at Zen and Vitality. Scents are very personal in nature but there are plenty to choose from or in your own home. If plant medicine and aromatherapy are new to you, keep in mind that most modern day medicines come from elements extracted from plants. However, just like eating a variety of foods is best for your health, so is utilizing the entire plant or a mixture of plants best for aromatherapy.
Wellness Practice #4: Meditation for Rest and Energy
In many circles, it is widely known that stress decreases immune function. There are many tools at Zen and Vitality to manage and reduce your stress. One of the most important for immune function is meditation. Through Meditation, you will activate your parasympathetic nervous system and bring calm to both mind and body.
Meditation offers rest and relief needed by your body in order to fight off germs and keep you healthy the next day. Sleep is crucial to your immune system for exactly this “reset” reason. Meditation facilitates your mind sending the correct messages to the body that will help increase the effectiveness of your immune system.
Meditation also activates the part of the brain that control positive emotions, anxiety, and awareness. You can actually meditate yourself into a better mood and a stronger immune system! (find out more by reading How The Mind Can Boost Immunity, Multiply Health, & Conquer Disease at EOC Institute)
Wellness Practice #5: Gut Friendly Foods to Boost Your Immune System
Fueling our bodies with fabulous nutritive foods should be high on the list of personal wellness choices we each make. Zen and Vitality wants to connect you with the best quality, most nutrition dense, locally grown organic foods that we can. We partner with local farms and chefs to give you convenient and easy access to foods that will support your immune system and your wellness as a whole.
Weekly pickups make eating fabulous healthy food a breeze. Learn more about weekly access to the best quality foods. If you are looking for a medical opinion on the importance of gut friendly foods , read what Johns Hopkins Medicine has to say in their article The Gut: Where Bacteria and Immune System Meet.