Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. It’s a joyous time of preparing for holiday parties, dinners, and having fun with friends and loved ones. But, how are we preparing ourselves for the season? With the holiday shopping, food, parties and beverage comes increased anxiety, and the dreaded cold and flu season.
What to do?
Now’s the time to do it to stay healthy during the holiday season so we are able to take part in every event feeling great. Our bodies rely on our immune system to protect us from diseases and chronic diseases. Long periods of physical or emotional stress, or poor lifestyle or dietary habits can negatively impact the immune system. It may become under active, as seen in an increased exposure to colds and influenza, or it may become more active, as seen in autoimmune diseases like Lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
Acupuncture, herbal, and supplements are natural and safe procedures to promote a healthier immune system and fight illness. Acupuncture has been clinically proven to regulate the immune system and can be helpful in protecting the body from several illnesses. By stimulating specific points on the body, the central nervous system sends messages to the brain. These messages stimulate the spleen, and other organs that produce immune cells, to operate properly and make an immune system ready to protect us from all ailments.
Did you know?
Olive Leaf is a well known herb, and has been used for centuries to boost immune function and kill germs and bacteria. It can be quite effective for many immune related disorders. Olive Leaf ought to be used with caution by anyone taking medicine to regulate diabetes or who’s hypoglycemic, as it obviously reduces blood glucose levels. Vitamin D is another potent immune enhancing nutrient. It helps prevent colds and influenza if taken in proper dosages.
Studies indicate that vitamin D deficiency is a significant element in at least 17 kinds of cancer in addition to depression, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and much more. The best way to raise the body’s stores of vitamin D is through exposure to natural sunlight. We’re seeing increased vitamin D deficiency as a result of use of sunscreens and too little outdoor activity. Thirty minutes of sun exposure daily, without sunscreen, will help guard against lack. If you decide to supplement, the new recommended dose is 2000 IU daily.
More may be taken for particular programs under the care of a health professional. It’s quite important that you utilize vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol since it is the most bioavailable to the body. Begin preventative measures early, as it generally takes about a month to the acupuncture and herbal treatments to fortify the immune system. Make certain to check with a licensed practitioner to establish a treatment plan that’s most appropriate for you.
- Get sufficient quality sleep: Quality sleep between the hours of 10pm and 2am will be the most regenerating for the adrenal glands, which control a large part of the body’s hormonal system. If the adrenal glands are working overtime without proper rest, the immune system can be weakened.
- Exercise: A pure tension and pain reliever. Additionally, it boosts the immune system. We weren’t made to be sedentary!
- Eat Healthy Foods: What we nourish our bodies determines how well they will serve. Sugars and processed foods trigger discomfort in the body and can wear down the immune system. Eat loads of colorful vegetables, leafy greens, and choose organic when possible. Shopping the perimeter of the supermarket works!
- Nourish your Spirit: Being fed is just as important as being physically fed. Spending time with the Word daily is very important to keep us on track in a world full of distractions.
- Christ’s birth. An exceptional way to express this appreciation is to be a blessing and discuss our own gifts with someone else. Share your time, your talents, and your smile to people that are in need. Giving gifts doesn’t have to be costly. Free to receivefree to give to anybody God places in your path.