I bet you are chronically inflamed. Most Americans are. Do you have any of these issues: body pain, constant fatigue, trouble sleeping, GI issues (diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux), frequent infections, rapid weight gain, trouble losing weight… cancer?
If so, what can you do? Here are some non-medical options to consider.
1) DIET. What you put in your body will have a significant impact on how you feel. Inflammatory foods are things like refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, canola oil, refined carbohydrates (boxed items), heavily processed meats, alcohol. Avoid these as much as possible. Anti-inflammatory foods are things like salmon, tuna, anchovies, nuts, turmeric, ginger, homemade bone broth, garlic, leafy greens, berries, and more. Consume these as often as possible. Whole food supplementation can be a huge support in this area. See point #7 below.
Controlling your blood sugar should be a key area of focus. This may be done by eliminating the inflammatory foods listed above and increasing your intake of healthy fats like grass-fed butter, wild-caught fish, ghee, cold-pressed oils such as avocado (cooking/ baking), olive (cooking), coconut (baking).
2) EXERCISE. A short 10 minute walk can help reduce inflammation and limit stress. A 20 minute session of moderate exercise can stimulate your immune system, producing an anti-inflammatory response.
3) MASSAGE. This therapeutic option has many additional benefits beyond helping to decrease your body’s inflammation. Remember to hydrate before and after your massage so that the toxins don’t get reabsorbed into your body.
4) ESSENTIAL OILS. A daily regimen of therapeutic (not aromatic use only) essentials can alleviate many symptoms of inflammation. Consider these oils: frankincense, lavender, peppermint, wintergreen, lemongrass (with black pepper is my favorite), cypress. There are so many anti-inflammatory oils to choose from, you will never get bored. Dilute them with fractionated coconut oil for comfort and longevity.
5) ACUPUNCTURE. This ancient practice is still as supportive to the body as ever by addressing the body’s systemic issues. Do not confuse this with dry needling, they are not the same thing.
6) LIMIT TOXIN EXPOSURE. Pay attention to the ingredients in things like your deodorant (get rid of aluminum/ alum), your toothpaste (get rid of fluoride), your shampoo and conditioner, your makeup, your bath products, your laundry detergent, your perfume.
7) SUPPLEMENTATION. Whole food supplements can fill a void in your diet/ lifestyle like nothing else can. At times, you need much more nutritional support than you can physically consume, so targeted supplementation can be a huge benefit. The best anti-inflammatory supplements are going to be salmon oil, garlic allium, turmeric/ curcumin, tri-grain oils, zinc. Do not rely solely on supplements to do the heavy lifting in your diet… they are supportive not foundational.
There is HOPE!. Give yourself GRACE and allow TIME for the changes you make to have effect. You are worth it!
Founder & CEO of Reimagine Healing
*This info is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure.
Have you ever noticed that “cold & flu” season starts about the time the kiddos return to school? Of course we can chalk this up to close quarters and sharing things, even germs. While I agree that germs hop around more when hosts are in close proximity, I have also noticed that cold & flu season seems to align with “sugary holiday season”.
Follow along with me for a moment. School starts. Kids are in each other’s space again. Germs start jumping around. This is totally normal and happening all year long. So what changes during cold and flu season? Well, sugar happens. October brings Halloween. Halloween brings candy. November brings Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving brings pies and many other delicious carb-loaded goodness. December brings Christmas. Christmas brings cookies and even more carb-loaded meals. January brings New Year’s. New Year’s brings cider or alcohol - more sugar. February brings Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day brings chocolates. March gets a bit of a pass, unless you’re Irish, in which case the alcohol is out again for St. Patrick’s Day. April brings Easter. Easter brings candy galore. May brings Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day brings more sweet treats.
Do you see where I’m going with this?
Sugar can put your white blood cells into a sort of coma - leaving you susceptible to infection by viruses or bacteria. Sugar bombs, those mainly made up processed sugar, compromise your immune system for hours after consumption. Not only that, it can put you in a dangerous blood sugar cycle. What’s worse is that the processed sugar is often combined with artificial food dyes, artificial flavorings, preservatives, and other chemicals. Each of these things is detrimental to health- negatively impacting your nervous system, endocrine system, digestive system, and more.
Is it any wonder why our kiddos get sick? Why we get sick during this season?
What can you do to keep your immune system robust? Well, limit the sugar for starters. Beyond that, visit the 6 Best Doctors: Dr Air, Dr Exercise, Dr Water, Dr Rest, Dr Food, Dr Sunshine. If you want a specialist, check out Dr Laughter and/ or Dr Cleanse. These doctors are going to change your life! My personal favorite is Dr Rest. My family gets stressed when there is too much to DO, so we work on minimizing activities outside the home in order to just BE.
Next to respecting the doctors named above, you can also take control of your health in other ways.
Your real medicine cabinet isn’t in your bathroom… it’s in your refrigerator! Make sure you have fresh, local, seasonal produce. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “eat the rainbow”. There is much wisdom in that. Spend some time looking up the various health benefits of the different colors: red, purple/blue, white, yellow, orange, and green.
Get some fresh elderberry syrup and take a tablespoon each morning.
Coffee drinkers, alternate between coffee and tea. There are so many benefits to white, green, and red teas - not to mention they are delicious.
Up your hydration to help your body cleanse.
Make sure you are catching as much sunshine as you can, or supplementing with a high quality Vitamin D nutritional.
Connect with an essential oil advocate and grab some cinnamon, clove, wild orange, or a blend of such oils because these will help boost your immune system. Also look into camphor, peppermint, eucalyptus oils or blends to help keep your respiratory tract healthy.
Find someone who knows about herbs and take a lesson in immune-supporting herbs.
Limit stress! I know this can be hard around the holidays but when you are stressed your body’s sympathetic nervous system which will impair digestion, increase blood pressure, and tax your organs. Find ways to limit your stress or remove it all together.
You are smart enough and there are many ways to support your body’s immune system during Sugary Holidays season, I mean “cold & flu” season. Do not put all your eggs in the Flu Shot’s basket. It’s statistics are dismal and studies show you will be left susceptible to other infections.
CEO & Founder of Reimagine Healing