The immune system is probably the most important one in the body, because it influences the entire body. It’s the defense force, fighting, and stopping, those invaders both within and without the body.
Keep your immune system in tip top share. The better it works, the better the body will cope with all the toxicity it will come across—and vice versa, because the lighter the toxic load, the better your immune system will work.
Here are some common things that weaken it.
- Allergies: These are really a malfunction of the immune system because the body will see everything as a potential enemy and attack it. The immune system will keep working and working, which eventually results in a weakening and even more allergies.
- Stress: Whether the threat is real or imagined, the physiological reaction will always be the same, including increased cortisol and adrenaline, high blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and inflammation. You’ll also experience sleep deprivation, possible weight gain, and hair loss (or gain, in places you don’t want it, like the face). Practice stress management techniques, including meditation, breathing exercises and self-care like massages.
- Processed foods: Today’s fast-food mentality includes packaged “convenience” foods that are often laden with sugar, salt, fat and chemicals. A healthy diet should include plenty vegetables and fruit; nuts, seeds; some spices like turmeric and cinnamon; and herbs, such as parsley and garlic.
- Sleep deprivation: A few years back, the Archives of Internal Medicine conducted a small, contained study. They gave 153 people the rhino (common cold) virus by nose and those who got less than 7 hours were 300 percent more susceptible to getting a cold.
- Alcohol. Although some studies reveal that moderate alcohol intake can actually aid the immune system, alcohol overall has detrimental effect on health, including the brain and cardio system.
- Lack of exercise. It enhancesmoods, by releasing those natural feel-good hormones, endorphins, which also promotes better sleep. Exercise carries oxygen and nutrients to the cells and helps detoxify the body, by eliminating toxins, accumulated wastes and poisons.
In the past, both wild animals and cavemen were naturally grounded, having regular contact with that powerful energy source, the earth. All were lean and healthy.
We may have evolved from wild animals or cavemen, but animals can still teach us a lot about grounding:
- Diet. Wild cats ate rodents and birds. Wild dogs consumed their entire prey, including brains, kidneys, liver and more. Today’s pets still do best with a diet as close to nature as possible, with anatomy that includes shortened intestines and a lack of certain enzymes—not to mention an increase in allergies. We should eat close to nature, too. In fact, the caveman wouldn’t eat anything that wasn’t hunted or picked.
- Get outside, get active. Wild animals and cavemen spent their days walking, running, hunting and climbing. Today, pets stay mostly indoors, and shoes, asphalt, wood, rugs and plastics keep us from making contact with the earth. Both humans and pets now experience weight issues, diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, increased inflammation and more.
- Sense of community. Dogs, especially, are social and travel in packs. In fact, the wild dog would have a special howl to alert the other dogs of a new puppy, and the other dogs would howl and dance in celebration. Human beings are also naturally social, but we all live separate, lonely, isolated lives. Maybe it’s time to start reaching out again!
- Positive thoughts: Some pets have one mood, pure joy and happiness, and reveal that mood even in the worst of times. When an animal does get mad, it’s all over in minutes, without any grudges or resentments. Some pets had terrible starts to life, but now live in warm and loving homes. We call that hope. Some animals, like horses, have big, generous, loving hearts—and some just make us laugh. .
Holiday season is right around the corner!
What stresses you most? Juggling spending? Shopping for that perfect gift for someone? Travel? Personal and Professional commitments?
- What we eat matters—always! The holiday season is one 45-day stretch with 3 holidays—not a 45-day holiday. Don’t use it as an excuse to load up on sugary, high fat foods.
For one thing, that’ll make you gain weight—and do you really need one more thing to get stressed about?
Second, those foods cause wild blood sugar fluctuations, affecting your mood, energy level and probably even keep you tossing and turning in your sleep.
- On the other hand, don’t be too rigid with your food. If you’re too strict and always live in that place of “I should,” you’ll actually lower your vibration and will possibly experience depression or overeating.’
- Get away from it all! Take some time for whatever gives you pleasure, whether it’s playing with the kids and pets or reading a good book. One woman we know runs to the beach every so often so she can enjoy the solitude and sound of the waves. Don’t forget—sand is a natural conductive, so if it’s not too cold, take off your shoes and take a walk to absorb those positive electrons.
- Stop and smell the roses. Abundance is all around us in the form of trees, shrubbery, wildlife and more—free for the asking.
- Walk on the Ground Outside. Many of us spend our time inside, but make an effort to walk barefoot outside; if it’s too cold, or snowy, pluggz (www.pluggz.com) is a great alternative, with a footwear line that combines fashion, comfort AND grounding shoes so when you are outside you are still able to connect with the Earth’s energy. This will help you feel connected to the earth and its many natural healing powers.
Halloween is just around the corner and this holiday really keeps us grounded. Here’s how:
1. We connect to nature. We spend a lot of time in the outdoors on Halloween, especially if our kids need us to go trick or treating with them. We jump and play in the leaves. We’re surrounded by beautiful autumn foliage.
When yoga instructor, Vanessa Spina, returned from a trip to the woodlands and forests of Northern Massachusetts, she wrote on her website, “I am convinced, once again! That the greatest pathway to the heart of the self is to stand at the threshold of nature and let awe and rapture settle you into your own heart which is a sample of your own nature. The woods held the key to so many secreted, special wonders.”
2. It brings out our inner child. Remember when our only responsibility was school and homework and we’d get to play outside endlessly for hours? We’d be so busy running, jumping and playing outdoors that it’d be almost impossible to bring us in for a meal, but now many of us just sit in front of the television chomping on cookies!
3. Chocolate! The Greeks call it “food of the gods,” while others call it “food of the devil”—but when when dark and comprised of 70 percent cacao, chocolate is a super food that’s loaded with antioxidants and vitamins. Remember, moderation!
4. Pumpkins, anyone? They’re great to look at, fun to carve, and good to eat. Loaded with Vitamin C, antioxidants and all kinds of phytonutrients, they boost immunity, aid eyesight, help heart health and fight cancer. Don’t throw out seeds, either, because they’re full of antioxidants; toast them for a healthy, tasty snack. Want a real nutrient powerhouse? Mix pumpkin with another super food, yogurt. Try it with plain Greek yogurt—yum!