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How To Reduce Your Stress to Strengthen Your Immune System

How To Reduce Your Stress to Strengthen Your Immune System

With all the hysteria going on in the world, I want to add a little bit of calmness to your day.
2020 added a lot of confusion into the health and wellness industry with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, the overwhelm and stress was crippling. And that stress may have exacerbated the situation. My effort is not to add to any confusion but help you navigate through any stressful situation to find health.
Back in 2011, I was in New Jersey and got a violent stomach bug. Fortunately, the bug only lasted a day. Unfortunately, my friend got the same illness around the same time; her bug lingered for almost an entire week.
What was the key to my quick recovery? It was and is my intentional effort to make sure I have a good and strong immune system.
And I want to help you do the same! When you purposely boost your immune system and steward your health, you can maintain your health all year long. And you won’t have to worry about things like COVID-19 (or anything else like colds, the flu, viruses, and things like that) coming around because your immune system is going to take care of those things for you.
COVID-19 is not the first serious illness that we’ve seen. And it surely won’t be the last! So my goal today is to help you see the light at the end of the tunnel – and that starts with your immune system.

How To Reduce Your Stress to Strengthen Your Immune System

Are you ready to stop worrying about things like COVID coming around into our environment? It’s time to step up and start taking care of your body. Here’s how to reduce your stress to strengthen your immune system.

Include Whole Foods Into Diet

Health starts with what you put in your body. And that starts in the kitchen! Health starts with a good diet.
I spent many years, pounding down the sugar to feed my sweet tooth. All of those processed foods were destroying my immune system.
Maybe you’re in the same situation I was in? Many of my clients wake up every single day saying these things:

  • “I can’t give up my cereal for breakfast.”
  • “There’s no way I can give up my favorite foods.”

The problem is that we’re so used to these convenience (and processes) foods. And while you don’t have to cut out everything, you do need to include more whole foods into your diet. In fact, whole foods should make up the bulk of your diet. You need the nutrients to build your immune system.

Take Supplements That Support Immunity

I also support my immune system by taking supplement vitamins and minerals every day.
Biotics Research highlights that “During times of stress, your body is doing its best to maintain homeostasis or balance. It is trying to work efficiently, while attempting to reduce the effects of stress. This means it uses greater quantities of specific nutrients to stay in balance.”
So why take supplements? Our foods are void of a lot of nutrients we need to be healthy. There are several types of supplements I use for myself or recommend for my clients to use.

Multivitamin

Although I don’t take a multivitamin regularly, I do like having an all-in-one, everything-you-need pill. Metagenics makes PhytoMulti® , a multivitamin that has phytonutrients that support your overall wellness.
Just remember that when it comes to supplementation, you can’t out supplement a bad diet. So you’ll still want to include good, nutritious foods in your diet!

 

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Medical Foods

I also recommend medical foods to support weak areas in your body. These supplements offer whole food nutrition to support specific processes in the body to prevent illness or heal disease. While I won’t go into a whole lot of detail in this blog, medical foods really help boost your immune system. You will want to work with a practitioner in the functional medicine field to determine the one’s right for you.

Herbs and Botanicals

Supplementing with herbs and botanicals (or adaptogenic herbs) counteract the impact of stress on our bodies. So while we are constantly bombarded with stress, this may be a good solution for you.

Ganoderma

One adaptogen I use and recommend is Ganoderma. It’s also called Reishi Mushroom. My favorite company produces the highest quality Gandoderma in the form of coffee and teas – making it really easy for you to consume it daily.

Use Essential Oils

I love to use essential oils to intentionally strengthen the immune system. There are many different types of essential oils you can use for all different purposes – add to your shampoo, facial cleanser, cleaning products, etc. These oils are filled with anti-microbial properties and help boost your immune system instead of tearing it down.
If you’re using regular countertop cleaners and cleaning detergents, you lower your immune system every time you’re spraying those chemicals. If you clean your home with essential oils and natural cleaners, you can actually boost your immune system. Plus, you get that beautiful smell and clean environment all at the same time!

Get Outside in Nature

I highly recommend boosting your immune system all year round by getting outside in nature. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve really been focused on getting out in nature to get sunlight on my skin. It’s amazing the healing properties that nature has. Walking in the forest actually boosts your immune system for up to 30 days.
If you can’t go out on long nature walks or have a park nearby, all you have to do is to walk around your backyard. Try walking barefoot in the grass. Not only does that connect you with the earth, but it introduces you to ions that help you get rid of some toxins.
Another benefit of getting outside is the fact that you are moving your body. Exercise boosts your immune system as well.

Practice Your Breathing

This is one you may not think about or take seriously, but practicing focused breathing can really strengthen your immune system. This can take place before or during calming practices like yoga, prayer, meditation, or a variety of other things. When I first start working with a new client, one of the first things we do is practice simple breathwork. There are multiple techniques that actually calm the nervous system down.
Try to introduce slow or rhythmic breathing into your daily schedule or in moments of stress.
When we’re in stressful situations, we begin to breathe fast and into our chests. But when we breathe into our bellies, there’s a physiological response that calms our nervous system, lowers our stress levels, and boosts our immune system. So when you’re in those heightened moments, breathe in deep, hold it, and release it while pulling your belly button into your spine. You’ll feel the shift within a few minutes.

Work On Your Mindset

Last but definitely not least is to work on your mindset. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns all the time. So we have a decision to make. We either focus on our fear, or we focus on keeping a positive attitude. For me, I stick with the latter.
This season of quarantine and uncertainty is just that… A season. It will not last. There will be plenty of seasons like that. So make the best of it with the right mindset!

Prepare & Strengthen Your Body’s Immune System

At the end of the day, we can continue to live in fear or we can go out there and conquer the day. We do not have to let sickness rule our lives. How? By building and strengthening our immune system every single day.
If you have any further questions or want a customized action plan, reach out to me for a free discovery call. Here to help!

 

 

Genetics vs Mindset: Which Plays a Bigger Role in Your Future Health?

Genetics vs Mindset: Which Plays a Bigger Role in Your Future Health?

A lady recently told me that she is going to die from a specific cancer because she has the specific gene for that cancer.

Unfortunately, this depressing, hopeless mindset is something I hear often.

With genetic testing on the rise, people jump to conclusions that if their genes say they are bound for disease, it means they are without a doubt going to end up with it.

The truth is…

Our thoughts drive our beliefs.

And our beliefs drive our decisions.

Our decisions drive our actions.

And our actions drive our results.

Mindset plays a big role in whether we rid our bodies of disease or we live free of disease. It’s powerful.

So when it comes to what plays a bigger role in our future health – genetics vs mindset – we need to look at the facts.

If we believe that we will be sick when we die, it will likely become a self-fulfilling prophecy, and we’ll be sick when we die.

Genetics vs Mindset: Which Plays a Bigger Role in Your Future Health?

Generational diseases are a result of us doing things that allow our genes to express in a certain way. The study of epigenetics proves that to us. We have a choice in how our genes express themselves.

Just because you come from a background of diabetes, breast cancer, or other known diseases, it doesn’t mean you have to have them.

“We don’t have to get the disease simply because we have the gene.”

Many times, we falsely believe we’re cursed to live with a particular disease process because we rightfully inherited it from our ancestors. Only about 10% of disease is genetically based. If we work on improving our diet, exercising more, and removing toxins and stressors, we can stop disease in its tracks.

We either drive disease or drive health.

Mindset Plays A Bigger Role

The study of epigenetics and the bible both tell us we can choose life or death, blessing or the curse.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue. And those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Proverbs 18:21

How do we do this?

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Romans 12:2

I love it when science lines up with the Bible.

Truth is… The Bible tells us what to eat (Genesis 9:3), what to think (Colassians 3:2), and what to meditate on (Philippians 4:8).

This isn’t your average health article.

I want to empower you to take control over your health today.

It all starts with shifting your mindset.

Know and believe that you are not doomed just because every family member that’s recently passed died of cancer.

I remember when a close family member did genetic testing. He has a propensity for diabetes, arthritis, and other pretty yucky disease processes, according to his genetic makeup. His dad even had cancer. Other family members suffered from alzheimers, aneurysms, and other things that “run in the family.” Without stress, toxins, and environmental factors that drive those disease processes, he can choose to live in health.

You may have heard of a case where a person is completely healthy until they go through a traumatic experience, and then they get sick. It’s not just some crazy coincidence.

Many people I work with have some sort of traumatic event that took place before they found themselves in a sick enough state where they felt it was necessary to seek someone to help them.

It’s the straw that broke the camel’s back, if you will.

Those genes existed all along. They just needed the right stressful event to express themselves. Stress does crazy things to the body and the mind.

Metabolic Chaos

In my world of functional diagnostic nutrition, we like to call this “metabolic chaos.”

But what does this term mean? Metabolic chaos is a term that describes the breakdown of the body after it encounters physical, emotional, and chemical stress. That stress causes normal processes in the body to start getting a little chaotic.

This looks different in all people.

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All our body parts are interconnected. We are an entire being – mind, body, and spirit… Not just separate parts attached to each other.

And everyone has a weak link – whether it’s your gut, hormones, or headaches. It’s just how you uniquely express stress in your unique physical body. When left unchecked, this is what leads to disease.

Where Metabolic Chaos Arises From

Metabolic chaos can arise from many different stressful situations. Many times, it’s an emotional stress, but not always. We live in a state of chronic stress – pollution and smog, traffic jams, electromagnetic frequencies, harmful chemicals and pesticides sprayed on our foods, loads of sugar, relationship stress, financial stress, loss. Our immune system suffers when we’re chronically stressed like this.

So if we come into contact with a true invader like a pathogen in the form of a virus, bacteria, parasite, or even a physical injury, our body reaches a point where enough is enough.

This is the perfect storm for disease processes to rear their ugly head(s).

Then the diagnosis comes, along with the medication, and potentially the surgery…

You get the point.

The thing is… Propensity for disease is there.

It’s in our genes, it always has been.

But we have a choice as to whether or not we express those genes.

So what if you’re in the middle of your perfect storm of metabolic chaos?

Well I’m happy to tell you that there is hope for you! First, you want to address the major stressors in your life. Here are 6 simple tips to unwind when your body is stressed.

The next step is implementing solid stress reduction techniques to keep your mind and body in good condition. Here are some tactics to decompress your body

When eliminating stress, think about your relationships and emotional stressors. Also, consider the physical stress.

Are you creating metabolic chaos by the toxins around or inside you?

This could be…

  • Foods you choose
  • Words you speak
  • Products you put on your skin
  • Toxic cookware and cleaning products
  • Simply not expelling toxins properly by moving your body, sweating, and eliminating waste (pooping) like you should

Feeling a Little Overwhelmed?

Feeling a little overwhelmed on how you can eliminate some of the metabolic chaos in your life?

That’s normal. I’ve been there, and I’ve helped many others who once felt the same way.

Let’s change that for you too!

I have a simple 90-day program that will give you the basics of how to clean up your lifestyle to help you eliminate stress before it turns to disease. This program was created for those looking for a way to prevent or stop disease in its tracks before it ever begins. It provides you the tools you need to live a life of health for the rest of your life.

Contact me today and ask me about my Jumpstart Program. I’d love to chat to make sure you’re a good fit for the program.

Remember, you choose who wins – genetics vs mindset.