Immunity = Vitality
In just 90 minutes per week, these 5 immune boosting techniques will revitalize the body, mind and spirit.
Most of us use some sort of immune boosting tactic at the onset of illness. The following five tips, when done as a weekly ritual, are certain to leave the body and the mind feeling nourished and energized, providing a balanced landscape for optimal health.
These somewhat unconventional methods have been my weekly "go too's" for over 15 years, enabling a thriving body and mind. This routine is a game changer for energy levels, feelings of relaxation, and longevity. I hope you, too, will reap the harvest of a healthy body through planting these seeds into your daily lives. Enjoy
Inverting the body has been used for centuries by ancient cultures to promote health and longevity, boosting immunity and vitality. Utilize this powerful tool for the following benefits:
a. Blood circulation is increased over 300% while inverted, as body fluids pool into the upper extremities to massage organs and glands.
b. Scientific research now proves the detoxifying effects of inversions for balancing the endocrine and glandular systems of the body.
c. This ancient practice is an anti-aging tactic for boosting immunity, regulating hormones and alleviating anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Lying down, prop up the hips with legs extended up a wall. Slowly work up to 15 - 20 minute sessions over a two week period. Practice two to four times per week, 15 -20 minute intervals.
Time Investment: Approximately 45 minutes per week
2. Hot/Cold Plunge
Often called the Nordic Cycle, Heating then quickly cooling the body constricts blood vessels, raising blood pressure and coaxing the lymphatic system to flush out toxins.
This ritual has immediate results, a few benefits:
a. Boosts energy levels
b. Boosts immunity
c. Is a proven anti-depressant.
Begin with a fifteen to twenty minute sweat and end with a one minute cold shower or cold tub plunge.
Tip: Cedar wood saunas are the best option, as they are anti-microbial. And infra-red saunas have added immune boosting strength, using infra-red light to penetrate the skin and promote cellular regeneration.
Tip: Practice meditation, prayer and/or inversions during a hot/cold plunge for added benefits, two or three times per week.
Time Investment: Approximately 40 minutes per week
A daily dose of probiotics into the intestinal lining encourages gut health much like that of baby's intestinal flora from nursing breast milk. Finding a high end supplement that requires refrigeration is of upmost importance. Incorporating kombucha, kemchi and miso into the diet also provide strains of probiotic constituents, as these foods have been used for optimal health for centuries.
Daily, 2 - 3 servings of probiotics
Time Investment: 1 minute per week
Mushrooms have profound immune boosting effects, a few benefits include:
a. Warding off various cancers
b. Stimulating brain power
c. Acting as natural anti-depressants
Tip: I put a daily dose of reishi, chaga or turkey tail powder into my morning cup of coffee, as the mushrooms are only effective if cooked in a hot beverage or stir fry.
Time Investment: 1 minute per week
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5. Essential oil of Frankincense
Frankincense dates back to biblical times as a most powerful plant resin ally.
It was considered the most sacred of oils with its' uplifting and protective qualities.
Rubbed into the skin, essential oils absorb into the bloodstream for incredible healing benefits. A few beneficial properties of this "queen of oils"
d. Diminishes cancer cell viability
e. Purifies airborne germs.
Daily, 1 drop on the soles of the feet at bedtime and a drop on the occipital lobes (the two bony knobs at the base of the skull, top of the neck) in the morning.
Time Investment: Approximately 5 minutes per week (Frankincense Oil)
Try a few of these immune boosting techniques, and let us know your results below. If you have a great immune boosting routine, please share.
About the author:
Shannon Jones is a writer, dancer, mother, healer, yoga instructor and massage therapist.