How to Activate immunity our most valuable asset
The cold season is upon us and COVID cases are rising therefore having good immunity should be one of the top priorities. This year’s pandemic has reminded us again that health is the most important asset that really matters. We really need to take time and make our health (mental, emotional, physical and spiritual) a priority and make good choices as humans. The power of love, appreciation and compassion is magical and the most strongest powers we possess.
There is a saying – what you resist persists. This was the story of my life, I always resisted cold, stress, confrontation, undesirable thoughts and you know the rest, I invited more of it.
Over time after diving deep and starting my journey with meditation, mindfulness and yoga I learned to be the observer and somehow find comfort in discomfort.
The idea is very simple…
“Activate your inner wellness and bring the best of you to the world!”
When it came to the cold, I learned a simple truth
“Attack the cold before it attacks you” and think of it as a preemptive strike on cold temperatures. I found that by exposing myself to cold temperature on a regular basis l am now able to find comfort in it.
Take a look below at how l like to do meditation now!
It’s true you are at your best when your mind and body are working in it’s optimum capacity.
I’m going to share some basic techniques that helped me develop a world class immunity and inturn allowed me to say goodbye to sickness.
Cold showers: I started this journey of building immunity with a cold shower…don’t be afraid, it’s a journey, start slowly, first you will feel sudden shock, exhale longer during that time. You know there is no gain without some pain. Sometimes I use to put just the leg first, then my arms..it’s a process… you can sing loud, trust me no one will judge you.
You can start with a warm shower but for 20 sec go to cold and then hot and end with cold. By doing this continuously for a few minutes you are stimulating your vascular tone. We are always trying to keep our bodies warm and don’t expose ourselves to cold so the vascular system doesn’t get toned and only understands one side which is warm. So by stimulation l mean vasodilation when hot and vasoconstriction when cold. Exposure to cold constricts blood vessels on the surface. This causes blood in your deeper tissues to circulate at faster rates to maintain ideal body temperature. Cold shower over time will create more white blood immune cells, improve blood circulation and boost your metabolism.
Optimism: We all have our bad days but one thing that really changed me when I started to look at everything with positive light. Don’t get me wrong, l still have many bad days but slowly practising positive thinking starts to change your life. I always talk about attitude of gratitude. Even with my kids, when they are upset about something , I remind them to be grateful about something. It really changes the perspective and mood. Once again it’s a journey, you can start simply by writing 3 things you are grateful for everyday and even with people you disagree think about their good qualities. Even recently a research study revealed a glass-half-full attitude also strengthens the immune system.
Reducing Stress and Prioritizing Mental Health: Not all types of stress are bad, in fact I recommend putting our mind and body to some level of positive stress, which is where I suggest finding comfort in discomfort. Most people can’t handle stress because they haven’t gone outside of their comfort zone. Chronic stress is different and can have a negative impact on our immunity. Addressing chronic stress is something you can take action on. Breathing exercises , yoga and meditation are part of my daily routine to take care of my mental and physical health and, on weekends I like cycling, walks etc and spending time with family and friends. Do whatever works for you, give some time to yourself, take a break and be with yourself without all the distractions. There is power in solitude and people often confuse it with loneliness, l call this conscious loneliness which is good for you.
Good Sleeping habits: We know how important sleep is and I understand sometimes it’s hard to get enough sleep especially if you are working hard to make your dreams come true. But, you can’t underestimate how important a good night’s sleep is for your body. The key to success is in productivity rather than counting the hours.
I recommend 6-7 hours is the optimum amount for a good quality night’s sleep so your body can recover and it also helps to reduce stress and anxiety, and most importantly strengthen your immune system. Don’t forget sleep consistency is important in maintaining a steady circadian rhythm!
Daily magical turmeric shots: This is my daily routine to have home made turmeric shots with garlic, ginger, chilli and honey. If you can’t make it at home, you can buy prepared shots from the market. Turmeric, the main spice in the Indian dish curry and is argued by many to be the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease. The health benefits of turmeric are incredibly vast. Turmeric is magical for me. Some of the important benefits of turmeric are fighting inflammation, regulating blood sugar, balancing cholesterol, relieves joint pain and detoxification.
Stay hydrated: This was a challenge for me personally. Unconsciously you forget to drink water because most of us are taken by the constant hustle of the day. I tried different bottles but some of them work better with reminders. It’s a conscious effort and a very important one.
Once this bottle is in front of you, it’s a reminder as to how much you should drink each hour. My kids, wife and l love these bottles.
Staying on top of our hydration can help fight infection. Adequate hydration also helps keep our body temperature regulated as well as rids our body of waste (which means it is flushing out germs, bacteria, viruses, and more). But remember if you feel thirsty then you are already dehydrated, so l like drinking water throughout the day. Also, if you drink tea, that is also including in your water total at the end of the day. I try to drink 10 glasses of water a day. Listen to your body and it will tell you if you need more or less.
Healthy and balanced diet: I personally prefer whole foods, fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants. My favorites are avocado, blueberry, peppers, kale, spinach and drinking green tea. Eating a healthy and balanced diet is one important step to support your body in fighting viruses.
So here’s to a happy and ACTIVATED immunity this season.
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Until next time stay Activated!