Maintaining strong physical health is the obvious place to start when thinking about immune health. Strangely from an energy healing and vibrational medicine perspective, the physical body is the last place illness shows up. Illness will show up first in your energetic body (eg your aura or chakras) before your physical body.
Scientists who have studied the body’s biofield (the energy which surrounds the body) have been able to detect illness in someone’s energy as change or variation in frequency.
The good news is Everything that is good for our physical body is good for our energetic and emotional body too.
These tips are simple and to be honest pretty obvious and general good health practice. Snaps to you if you are already doing these! With everything that's going on in the world right now, it's important to focus on simple practices that can have a big impact on your physical health and immune health.
1. Good Quality Sleep
- Sleep is when your body is doing the best restore, recharging rebuilding work in every cell and organ in your body.
- It’s vital to get enough sleep (7.5- 8 hours) because it directly affects your ability to manage stress and stressors (such as environmental toxins and pathogens like viruses)
2. Stay Well Hydrated
- Your body is approx. 60% water
- Every cell in your body NEEDS water to function properly.
- Aim to have 8 glass / 2L of water a day (fruits and veg, herbal teas and water)
- Drink filtered water (if possible)
"If you don't filter your water YOU are the filter"
So if budget permits invest in a water filter that takes out heavy metals and fluoride (we already have fluoride in our toothpaste so there is no benefit to be ingesting it). Fluoride leads to calcification of our Pineal gland in our brain which produces melatonin, which regulates sleep patterns in both circadian and seasonal cycles. It also helps us connect to our intuition.
I purchased a 14L 7 level filtration urn, which takes out the toxic chemicals and heavy metals and re-mineralises the water for under $100 on Catch.com.au
3. Manage Your Stress
- Right now many people's stress levels will be going through the roof! which is not good for your immune system. When we are stressed it increases adrenaline and cortisol (our stress hormone). When our cortisol is high our immune system is impaired (along with other non-essential body functions like the reproductive and digestive system).
- So when you feel your stress levels creeping up make sure you take some time to reset and get centered again.
- Go for a walk in a space that allows the required personal distancing
- Cut back on caffeine
- Take 4 deep slow breaths. Breathing is the metronome for the mind - if you want to slow down your mind, slow down your breathing.
- Listen to your favourite music (extra points for cutting loose and singing or having a dance-off!)
- Take a shower/ bath - very grounding
- Enjoy a mindful cup of calming herbal tea
- Think of 10 things you are grateful for (more to come on benefits of gratitude in my emotional health post)
- Do some light yoga stretching or take a few moments in child's pose 🙂
4. Spend Time in Nature
- Get some Fresh air get outside and enjoy the sun (the COVID-19 virus doesn’t like the sun or heat)
- If you don't have access to a garden or current restrictions means you are not allowed in public parks or outside - find a sunny spot by your window or your balcony and enjoying a quiet cuppa, fresh air and sunlight.
5. Get Moving
- Even being in isolation at home and there are still heaps of ways to keep moving and it's important to do so for our health!
- World Health organization recommends 150min (5 x 30mins) of moderate-intensity physical activity a week / OR 75min of vigorous exercise. This can still be achieved with some creativity 🙂
- Moderate: brisk walking, hiking, swimming (obviously no public pools at the moment and many beaches are closing down), dancing, gardening, housework
- Vigorous: running, walking up a hill, heavy gardening (eg digging) carrying heavy loads over 20kg.
- Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals and hormones (endorphin) that can help you feel happier and relieve stress.
- Don’t forget there are loads of great apps to help you stay activity and many gyms and studios have taken their classes online so you can enjoy from your home. Personally, I like to do yoga in the garden or pop on a super daggy (but good) Mat Pilates DVD I have from the 90s!
If you are interested in learning more ways you can support you immune health, be sure to pop back and read my next posts on Nutrition, Emotional Health, Energetic Health and Superfood and Natural Health Alternatives.
Love & Light. Health & Happiness.