Dealing with colds and flu, and how to build The Immune system
It is that time of the year, where everyone is splattering and sniffing all around you. And you just hope you don’t get sick! But most of the time we do, and it effects us all differently depending on the strength of our immune system and the amount of stress in our daily lives. In this post I talk about what compromises our immune system , how to build it up and natural ways to beat a common cold, coughs and fevers.
The immune system
The development of the immune system begins in early pregnancy and continues into the first few months of life. The lack of essential nutrients, for whatever reason, during this very important time of growth has a huge effect on the baby’s immune system. Small and low birth-weight full-term babies generally have a greatly reduced resistance to infection. This will have a serious effect on the baby’s potential for growth and normal development. In these children the under developed immune system may continue for several months or even years. But, we can build them up again! Research by many leading nutritional scientists and pediatricians have shown that an increase in the number immune fighter cells (T-cells) occurs as early as 5-15 days after an improvement in the diet. 2000 new T-cells are produced every second by a healthy immune system.
Most people will notice a large improvement in their health within 15-21 days when improving their diet and lifestyle!
Well hello beauties!
It has been a while since my last post! Life has indeed been busy, I have been focusing a lot on my Triyoga Level 2 Training, that has been my main priority and everything else has been left to the side for a bit, including my blog! I do my exam this coming Wednesday December 9th. I am so looking forward to it, we have worked on this Level for 2 years, so it is time to wrap it up and keep enjoying the flow. So after that I will be focusing more on my blog and writing more post with yummy recipes. So lets get to it.
Keeping healthy while you travel? Yes it can be hard but it doesn’t have to be. For our most recent trips (Bali and Europe) I had planned ahead and organized myself and it really helped. Looking after yourself while travelling and being on holiday is so important as you have more energy to explore and keep well.
Firstly lets look at your flight, plane food…..ergh no thanks. Air food is all made in bulk in a huge kitchen and never looks appetizing to me(unless you’re in first class). I just prefer to try eat before and take my own food along. You can take food on your flight but not off, so don’t overpack your lunchbox (; , take just enough. Some easy ideas are to purchase some healthy food bars, my favorite ones are the nak’d bars which you can order here .They are just plain goodness, 100% natural ingredients, no added sugars or syrups, 1 of 5 a day, gluten, wheat and dairy & GM free.
Spring is definitely here in KZN! These days are so glorious, it is my favorite time of year. Not too hot not too cold, the golden sun shining down on your skin feels oh so good. I have naturally started eating lighter, drinking more water and wanting to follow some gentle cleansing tips. So I decided to put together 5 easy to follow gentle cleansing tips. A nice deep detox is also great at times, but some people prefer some gentle cleansing especially if you have to work and can’t be dealing with detox symptoms (;
Wheatgrass! Yes im sure you have heard that word circling around, and yes its grass thats crazy good for you! Wheatgrass is the young grass of the wheat plant.The leaves are tough to digest, so they’re usually crushed and squeezed to make juice.
Ah the miracle of green juice.
If theres one thing you can do to start your road to healing its drinking green juice!
Why drink green juice?
Green juices are the best medicine we can give our bodies, and are beneficial for those who have digestive system issues. Juice is easily absorbed as juicing breaks down the cell walls of fruits and vegetables so that they are pre-digested already. This means that all the wonderful vitamins and minerals are flowing directly into your system. Green juicing ensures your getting enough nutrient intake, or it is largely increased. We wont really sit and eat a couple bunches of kale and spinach for breakfast along with a whole lemon and cucumber. Juicing is a great and easy way to get all those nutrients in, and takes the strain off the digestive system .Green juice also oxygenates the body because of the the absorbable chlorophyll found in greens, and that enables us to release stored toxins in the body. Chlorophyll along with the magnesium in green juice soothes and calms the nervous system and helps reduce stress in the body.
When our bodies are acidic the red blood cells clump together and oxygen cannot get to all the cells. Juicing alkalizes the blood so that the red blood cells flow freely once again and deliver oxygen to every cell in your body. When your body is filled with oxygen your mind is clear and you feel energized. There are many juice recipes out there but the best is to just play with all the delish ingredients and see what makes your taste buds tingle. Here is my juice I make every morning, I try change it up and sometimes go for a lighter juice by taking out the dark greens, go with how you feel and enjoy.
A bunch of Kale or a bunch of swiss chard
- 4 pieces of celery
- Slice of ginger (As much as you desire)
- 1 Whole lemon
- 2 large carrots
- 1 Apple (or add another to start for extra sweetness.
* You can add ice to make it extra refreshing (: