We are in late summer entering into early fall, a time for self care and inner nourishment.
Preparing for seasonal change is a good time to start thinking about nurturing your immune health.
In Chinese medicine there are five elements wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Late summer is associated with the Earth element groundedness, balance, ease and stability. The body organs and meridians (energy points) are pronounced in the spleen and stomach, which foster steadiness, intention and transformation. So taking notice of our digestion and immune system to feel centred, to meet the many responsibilities and demands of daily life with mental clarity and ease.
Immunity is the expression of homeostasis which is the state the body strives for to maintain stability and balance within its internal environment and the external world.
Envision the immune system like an internal police force that protects and monitors the network of cells, organs, tissues and communication lines. The job of the immune system is to identify, communicate and attack invaders.
Good immune tolerance has the ability to better fight pathogens and create robust bacteria and increase nutrient absorption. Surprisingly, 70% of your immune cells lives in your gut! This has a huge impact on balancing the gut microbiome.
The immune system’s intelligence contains a memory of exposures to the same virus and creates a rapid antibody response such as in allergies. It is always on the lookout for a cell that is misbehaving such as a cancer cell, a foreign eaten food, a virus, a parasite, a bad bacteria or a toxin.
So, when the immune system weakens is when you can become susceptible to colds, infections and viruses.
The Influence of lifestyle, inactivity, stress, drugs, chemotherapy, chemicals in food, heavy metals in the environment, depletes your energy and your body’s ability to defend itself.
The immune system is flexible and resilient and known for its plasticity. It’s that plasticity that really informs much of your bio-individuality related to gene expression and environment.
Supporting the immune system also affects our mood and brain health.
One minute of anger weakens the immune system for 4 to 5 hours.
One minute of laughter boosts the immune system for 24 hours
Nothing can beat laughing, feeling uplifted and happy. Ironically, it’s harder to maintain happiness than it is to be angry. Our brain must work harder to find the positive moments versus dwelling on the negative.
Experiencing joy, positive emotions, thoughts, and body sensations in the present moment can lessen sadness, pain, anxiety, and depression. Bringing awareness with curiosity, compassion and non-judgment are the cornerstones of maintaining balance in the body and mind.
The body has the ability to heal itself!
Being aware of the body-mind connection is key, The mind is a function of the body and taking care of both is how to nourish your selfcare.
Immune support can also be supported by foods that are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
There are certain mushrooms that contain vital nutrients that support both the immune system and the brain.
Lion’s Mane is such a mushroom that contains immune boosting vitamins A, B6, C, D3 and vitamin E. with powerful minerals of zinc, iron and selenium providing protection against cell damage and infection.
Lion’s Mane is described as having long tentacles that looks like a lions mane, They are delicious to eat and the supplements have a higher potency that are also super effective.
Mushrooms are also known as adaptogens derived from plants that help your body respond to stress, anxiety, fatigue and improve overall wellbeing. It decreases cortisol levels when under stress and reduces inflammation that can cause pain, heat and swelling.. Adaptogens also increase your energy levels, heal adrenals and further support the immune system. Reishi and chaga mushrooms, American Ginseng, Ashwagandha and Rhodiola are also known as adaptogens.
Lions Mane healing properties are antibiotic, anti-carcinogenic, antidiabetic, anti-fatigue, anti-hypertensive, lipid lowering, anti-senescence [anti-aging], cardio-protective, hepato-protective, nephroprotective, and neuroprotective,
Additionally, Lions Mane is effective for increasing memory and improving cognition function.
I have used the Lion’s Mane mushroom in meals, lightly sautéed with some butter (ghee) or oil which has a nutty aroma and earthy mushroom flavour. The supplement (by Purica) is even more effective for memory.
Updates on Programs and Events
One way to capture being in the present is starting a personal mindfulness practice.
The next session for Heal to Health: Coping With Stress (the mindfulness-based stress reduction program), begins on November 3rd. It is an eight week program where you learn a variety of meditation practices and handling stress in a productive and healing way. personal awareness. Register here.
What kind of eater are you? the Careful clean eater? The Professional Dieter?, the Unconscious Eater, the Emotional eater, Refuel Eater, or the Intuitive Eater? Feed the Brain: A Mindful Eating Program that nourishes the body, heart and mind, begins November 1st. A fun and deepening exploration about your relationship with food, weight maintenance and body awareness. Register here.
I’m really excited to be offering these programs that are proactive solutions for healing and or improving your wellness journey.
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My best in health and gratitude,