Feel your best so you can BE your best! A huge part of feeling well and staying well has to do with your immune system.
Everything is connected to everything. As I like to say, “What is driving the bus?” To me, the “What” is longevity with good health and fewer medical issues along the way. What drives my bus is my desire for happiness, wholeness, making a difference in the lives of my children and in my little orbit of friends, family and community. In order to do that well, I must feel well. Getting caught up in the newest, best, and fastest can often drive the bus into murky waters of apathy, selfishness, and shallowness. How then, can an apathetic or selfish attitude nurture relationships with nature, self and others?
The immune system is affected by a compilation of five elements including the physical aspect, emotional factor, nutritional intake, environmental surroundings and a spiritual connection. What is put in the body, what is thought, what is felt, what is believed, and what has been experienced through the environment all play a role in the health of the immune system.
The immune system fights off dangerous and unwanted germs and bacteria before they can attack the body. A healthy immune system is imperative for good health and fighting off viruses and disease. So many parts make up the immune system, including the spleen, lymph nodes, thymus, and bone marrow. When people become deficient in vital nutrients, they can suffer fatigue and all sorts of medical issues including a compromised immune system. Along with foods, the power of our thoughts, emotions and the environment impacts our immune system. Immune system players include: how we live, where we live, what is happening around us, the noise level, amount of exercise, and what we breathe. Our spiritual connections and our belief system project our view about life and the way we value our relationships with others, nature, and ourselves. This in return impacts our immune system, too.
A healthy immune system fights for us to prevent illnesses from attacking our body. Glands swell as they are working to collect waste. Fever kills the bacteria that could otherwise make us very ill. The body is fighting to control and minimize external environmental factors. When the immune system is weakened, viruses and infections can occur and puts the body in a position to be susceptible to diseases. It is important to have the awareness that attitude, diet, environment and stress can all play a role in the immune system health.
Remembering to protect and strengthen the system needs to be the daily driving force that guides our choices in how we live and think and eat and deal with the environment. For me, I focus on “For In him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17. This focus helps me keep ALL of my systems working together and drives my bus towards meaning and purpose and good whole health throughout my life.
Implement healthy living goals and strategies to boost your immune system.
- Don’t smoke
- Move more
- Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and foods low in saturated fat
- Maintain healthy weight
- Control your blood pressure
- Drink in moderation
- Have regular medical screenings
- Get adequate sleep
- Take measures to avoid infection – wash hands, cook food thoroughly
It is possible that certain foods, supplemenets and herbs can strengthen the immune system as well. When I started drinking vegan, gluten-free, pea protein drinks daily, things changed for me. I felt well and wanted to explore healthy foods that would be good for my internal systems. Some of my favorites include: oregano oil, avocados, ginger, Japanese mushrooms, oatmeal, cruciferous vegetables, sage, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate, black currants, garlic, tea, cinnamon, local honey, beets, bone broth, spinach, apple cider vinegar, fermented vegetables.
Feel you best to be your best!