Immunity, immunity, immunity
21st Nov 2018
Autumn is the season when it’s most crucial to nurture yourself. Our belief at The Natural Health Hub is that immunity means way more than the mechanics of fighting off colds and flu – you need to nurture both your body and mind to fend off bugs. You can be taking oodles of immune-boosting vitamins but if you never have time off to relax or you’re tied to your mobile all the time you may still succumb.
Three of our team of complementary therapists offer tips you might not have thought of to fight winter lurgies:
- Take a natural immune booster
Stress saps immunity. So no matter how healthy you are, says homeopath Sue Leach, take something to boost it. Homeopathy is particularly effective at both preventing and dealing with mucus. ‘Antibiotics should be your last resort,’ Sue says, ‘as they deplete the healthy flora in your gut which drive your immunity.’ She helps many people stay healthy enough not to take antibiotics at this time of year, especially for ear and respiratory infections. There is also a homeopathic remedy that’s clinically proven to stop flu before it develops (it’s a bestselling over-the-counter medication in France).
- Have a digital holiday
Technology has a massive influence on all our cellular functions. Not only is the vibration continuously tapping our cells which depletes essential minerals but the blue light from screens stops us producing melatonin (needed for good sleep). It also confuses our body into thinking we are getting enough sunlight which we need to make Vitamin D which affects our immune system, bone health and mental well-being says Rhi.
Two hours of exposure to a screen near bedtime can suppress melatonin by 22%. Also, this radiation pushes up our levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
Meditate, don’t medicate,’ says polarity therapist Jane Seaman to anyone who feels down as the days get darker. Research shows meditation increases levels of lymphocytes and cytokines, lynchpins of our immune defences, and decreases cortisol. Jane offers a Friday evening guided meditation to help you unwind and detox from your week.
- Don’t stoke up on stodge!
Studies show eating sugar can weaken your immune system by 75% for up to six hours,’ says naturopathic nutritionist Rhi Hepple. It’s easier than you’d imagine to curb your sweet tooth if you apply naturopathic principles, plus Rhi can advise on how your diet could be the reason your nose is for ever blocked or running.
The Natural Health Hub is a health & well-being centre tucked behind Lymington High Street. It offers an extensive selection of holistic complementary therapies and classes. Yoga is a speciality.
87b High Street, Lymington SO41 9AN | 01590 670955 | .
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