I pray that today you feel encouraged. That you spent time connecting with those you cherish and that you with much heartfulness starting building deeper emotional relationships. My last post was focused on primary food, which greatly surpasses the actual food we consume for nourishment. Our relationships is a primary food element that I feel strongly is critical for our overall wellness during this insane time our world’s history. This element will ease are burdens, bring us joy, and encourage us to greatness. Aside from primary food we must address the character of this virus and also how we can make adjustments now to support our perfect system that will last a life time.
This virus loves to be in damp, sticky, cold environments. By truly understanding its character we can implement the opposite so that it can’t take hold and thrive. The key to that is to cut out all dairy for it has that sticky, moist quality. I know for a lot of us that seems impossible, but I assure you that you are completely capable. You also should cut gluten as it contains those same elements. In doing the opposite we should include all warm cooked food, warming spices (turmeric, chili, ginger (consume a lot of this), garlic, etc.), hot teas and broths. Keeping your body warm is key. Layered clothes, to keep your body temperature to a comfortable sweat is ideal.
There is also the element of immunity. Our immune systems are put in place to optimally function to fight off these sort of enemies. However, most of us have some underlying health issue that compromises that systems effectiveness. There are several ways to keep that system balanced so you are well equipped and guarded. I am not an advocate for over supplementation. I do my part to limit my consumption of capsules. You can get almost all of what you need through whole foods. There are certain vitamins, minerals, and herbs that can assist in balancing immune function. I will do my best to break this down for you.
1. Vitamin A: You can find levels of this vitamin in carrots, sweet potato, kale, sweet red pepper, romain lettuce, spinach, cantaloupe, mango, papaya, apricots, broccoli, squash, and eggs. By increasing these foods you will get the vitamin A you need. Make sure that you consume these foods at room temp or warmer in an effort to avoid cold foods during this time.
2. Vitamin C: We are all familiar with this powerhouse. Most use vitamin C supplements to ensure they are getting enough. You can find it in so many whole foods such as guavas, bell peppers, kiwi, strawberries, oranges, papaya, broccoli, tomato, kale, snow peas. I have added Camu Camu powder to the mix for our daily vitamin c support along with increasing these foods. Camu Camu is a nutrient dense super fruit that contains the highest level of vitamin C of any plant on earth.
3. Vitamin D: Great for immunity as we know, also mood boosting and energizing. We need Vitamin D which I believe we should get from natural sunshine. If you live in states where the sun us scarce by all means please use a supplement so you do not become deficient. To allow the body to properly use that Vitamin D you need adequate magnesium. You can get a bunch of magnesium also from whole foods. Those whole foods include pumpkin seeds, almonds, spinach, quinoa, beans, dark chocolate, cashews, cacao powder, oatmeal, avocado, and edamame.
4. Zinc: This is typically taken in a supplement form, which tends to create nausea in most individuals. It is hard to find zinc currently at any store or online because of it immune boosting properties. You can however find zinc in many foods such as pumpkin seeds, grass fed beef, cashews, chickpeas, mushrooms, chicken, kefir, spinach, and cocoa powder. These things are simple to increase during the cold flu season months.
5. Astagalus: This powerhouse herb boost immune function by activating T and B lymphocytes, as well as dendritic cells, which work together in order to trigger your bodies immune reactions that target invading viruses and toxins. Not only that, but it also helps to regulate responses to stress.
6. Medicinal Mushrooms: These are the unsung heroes of nature. Medicinal mushrooms such as reishi (the queen) and turkey tail are immune modulaters. They help keep your immune system balanced. Chaga mushroom is the king providing amazing antioxidants to the body. Many of these mushrooms also contain Vitamin D and some B vitamins, also minerals like selenium, copper, and potassium. They also work as prebiotics keeping the gut healthy and functioning.
7. The Gut: Lastly, you need to have a healthy micro biome. You should stay away from any gut irritants you are aware of. You should get much more of all the good stuff. You need a good combination of probiotic fermented foods along with a probiotic capsule (the only capsules I take), with good prebiotic foods. Prebiotics are fiber and starches you consume. You need soluable (chia and flax seeds) and insoluble (ruffage) for balance. Start out slow with fiber increase and work your way up.
Keeping your immune system strong and balanced is just as important as supporting your nervous system. When you feel anxious feelings and stress rises your immune function is compromised. It is a challenge to not be negatively effected by rapid pace the world is changing and all the tragedy we are currently facing. I have three things that I have been doing that really bring my stress levels to neutral.
1. Pray with Thanksgiving: It is IMPOSSIBLE to be sad and thankful at the same time. Praying prayers of thanksgiving really defuse feelings of sadness and overwhelm. We all have been blessing in countless ways. Not is the time to praise God for all he has done and for all that he has and will provide for us.
2. Deep Breathing: If you take time to think about all the times you took a big inhale daily you would realize just how shallow your day to day breathing is. breathing in deep and exhaling it all out is deeply nourishing and a nice boost to your mood.
3. Essential Oils: I believe that about 85-90% of my essential oils are used entirely for emotional support. Scent has the power to transport you, carry you to a happier place and time. There are so many oils that instantly bring me a sense of calm and contentment. Oils are a perfect way to balance your nervous system and bring your back to homeostasis. My favorites are doTERRA’s Lavender, Cederwood, Vetiver, Balance and Adaptive blend.
I pray that this is a useful guide to employ a necessity for health in your life. That you take time to evaluate what needs to take place in order to be your best during a time of real uncertainty. I love you all and care for you deeply. Take care of yourself and be well tribe.