1. If you haven’t already guessed, our number one tip is “take care of yourself” overall. One wonderful way of doing that is with the power of Massage & Myotherapy. We can certainly help with that! They are both highly effective ways of working with the lympathic system which is a large part of the immune system. The lympathic system is what we need to help us “drain” and eliminate toxins naturally. That’s just one of the many benefits of Massage and Myotherapy! To learn more, simple check out some of our other many blogs and articles.
2. This leads me to look at the next best way to ensure you stay strong in Winter. Exercise. By keeping active on a regular basis (5 times a week ideally), you will literally “move” the toxins accumulated in your body. The pumping action of the calf muscles in walking, jogging or working out, is known as one of the most powerful ways the body naturally pumps the lymphatic fluid and waste products back up the body for removal. Besides this, exercise and resistance training is a fast and effective way you can quickly warm up, build strength and fitness.
3. Eat local, seasonal foods & grow your own. It’s easier than many think. Plant seeds and with a little bit of love and water, they grow. Just like relationships. You can learn so much from a garden and getting out there is so calming and grounding. If you ever feel like getting out of your head, this would be one of nature’s best bets. Just think of how much cost you’ll be cutting when you take of miles and certification costs from your food! It really can be free!
4. Use essential oils with caution. We use a select few safe oils in the clinic. Our most popular is Lavender, followed by the Balancing Botanical Blend and Eucalyptus, which is especially great for the respiratory system. Avoid using it around children under 7 years old though. It is far too overwhelming for their underdeveloped respiratory systems. However, if you do have children, we recommend a drop or two of peppermint in coconut oil rubbed on the chest and feet for colds. Avoid peppermint if breastfeeding as it’s known to reduce milk supply. Also, avoid ALL essential oils around a new born!
Lavender however is totally safe to burn near by to promote sleep for babies (of all ages) and tired mothers. I (we) also have a new addition to our range! The latest is literally called “Immunity”. This is a blend of some of the most well known immune supporting oils, and it’s made with Certified Organic oils, much cheaper than many of the common branded oil blends.
5. Drink herbal teas & apple cider vinegar in the morning to stimulate the digestive system. The digestive system is at it’s strongest function in the morning so it’s best to support it with hot cleansing fluids first thing. This will help eliminate waste and get things moving. Warming teas are great, generally speaking. Add a few cloves for their superior anti-inflammatory properties to your morning hot lemon drink. A few popular blends include apple cider vinegar, honey and cinnamon. Just add what you please and drink it first thing to help support the bodies immune system each morning.