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5 Tips To Strengthen Your Immunity In The Face of Coronavirus

Apr 03, 2020

 

𝙒𝙝𝙮 𝙙𝙤 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙜𝙚𝙩 𝙨𝙞𝙘𝙠 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙮 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙝𝙮?

It mostly depends on the strength and vitality of your immune system.

For the long answer, we’d have to go back in time to Pasteur & Beuchamp in 1895. Pasteur is known for developing the Germ Theory – one of the cornerstones of modern medicine. This is the basic concept—that germs are the cause of illness—upon which Western medicine is based.  This gives rise to the use of vaccinations, antibiotics, & other anti-microbials.

At the same time, a conflicting view was taking place from Antoine Bechamp known as the “cellular theory” of disease. His cellular theory is almost completely opposite to that of Pasteur’s. Bechamp noted that these germs were opportunistic in nature. They were everywhere and even existed inside of us in a symbiotic relationship. He noticed in his research that it was only when the tissue of the host became damaged or compromised that these germs began to manifest as a prevailing symptom (not cause) of disease.

To prevent illness, Bechamp advocated not the killing of germs but the cultivation of health through diet, hygiene, and healthy lifestyle practices such as fresh air and exercise. The idea is that if the person has a strong immune system and a good terrain, the germs will not manifest in the person, and they will have good health. It is only when their health starts to decline that they become victim to infections.

Ultimately Pasteur’s ideas were accepted by society & Bechamp was pretty much forgotten. The irony is that towards the end of his life, Pasteur renounced the germ theory & admitted that Bechamp was right all along.

Even in light of the current pandemic, we need to shift the perspective to our own internal environment. To what we CAN control. What we can control is first and foremost our diet and our lifestyle.  So what does that mean? Some of the most important things you can do are documented by research.  

Here are my 5 tips to strengthen your immunity starting today:

 

#1 Support you body by eating colorful high quality whole foods

Nourishing your body is the foundation of health. It is all too common in our culture for food to be the enemy. However, the food we eat impacts our ability to thrive. The food choices we make in a time like this are imperative.  Lifeless , fortified want- to- be real foods do not strengthen your immune system.  Food is not just food, it is information.  I'm eating a lot of red bell peppers, kiwis, citrus, and adding camu to my smoothies for vitamin C.  Increasing my intake of wild blueberries, sweet potatoes, squash, and apples for my immune system.  Eating lots of colorful fruit and veggies which provides fiber and supports my microbiome.  Adding pumpkin seeds and brazil nuts for selenium and zinc.  I'm also incorporating herbs and spices like turmeric, garlic, rosemary, and oregano. At the end of the day, a balanced healthy way of eating is an investment in yourself and your life. 

#2 Prioritize adequate sleep and bedtime routines

Sleep supports the initiation of an adaptive immune response. Without sufficient sleep, your body makes fewer cytokines, a type of protein that targets infection and inflammation, effectively creating an immune response. On the other hand severe sleep loss jolts the immune system into action, reflecting the same type of immediate response shown during exposure to stress.  To put it simply, the ideal amount of sleep is 7.5-8 hours per night, and anything less suppresses the immune system.  Create a night time routine that offers a chance to really wind down and calm your thoughts.  For me, that's a bath or meditation before bed.  I'm also prioritizing putting my phone on airplane mode at night so there are no disturbances.

#3 Get your body moving outside

You already know that exercise aids in weight loss, improves mood, helps you sleep, and reduces your risk of virtually all diseases. But did you know that physical activity also encourages your microbiome to colonize and grow which can increase the populations of beneficial bacteria in your digestive system by up to 40%?  Just by being outside, you present yourself with the opportunity to move, even if it’s simply some gentle stretching or a brief walk. The slightest addition of physical activity to your day can provide serious benefits. Statistics show that the more time you spend outside, the lower your stress levels, the greater your exercise levels and vitamin D exposure, and the more likely you are to report being generally happier.

#4 Adopt a positive attitude

There is no longer any doubt that what happens in the brain influences what happens in the body. When facing a health crisis, actively cultivating positive emotions can boost the immune system and counter depression. Studies have shown an indisputable link between having a positive outlook and health benefits like lower blood pressure, less heart disease, better weight control and healthier blood sugar levels.

#5 Start each day with a grateful heart

Vast amounts of research have shown that “when we think about what we appreciate, the parasympathetic or calming part of the nervous system is triggered.” When the parasympathetic is triggered, it has profound benefits for our physical bodies including decreased cortisol levels – which when elevated, leads to high states of stress and anxiety. The more often the parasympathetic is active, the stronger the immune system operates. A strong immune system aids in protecting against illnesses, body aches and pains, lowering blood pressure and improving sleep quality, to name a few. 

𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘺?

The choices we make and the lifestyle we create can build our immune system in a positive way and support our body, even if we do fall sick.

 

What does the health of YOUR terrain look like right now? 

 

Be Well and Live Intently,

Alexa

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