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We love this time of year at Body in Harmony!  Tis the season for fall color, first snows, football games, hot cocoa, and colds, flu, (and Covid)…. Did you know that there are many things you can do at home to support your body’s natural ability to stay well?  Read on to learn the ways you can support your “Immune Alliance”.

Your Immune Alliance is the collection of bodily systems and organs that work each and every day to keep you healthy.  They are:

  • Gut Barrier
  • Lymphatic System
  • Lungs
  • Skin
  • Mucus Membranes
  • Liver
  • Kidneys
  • Blood Cells

Support of the Immune Alliance is a wide-ranging topic, but in this article we would like to focus on these aspects:

  • NUCCA
  • Supplementation
  • Self-Care

NUCCA:

Your nervous system, which is made up of your brain, spinal cord, and spinal nerves, controls every function of every system in your body.  Given this fact, it’s easy to understand that being out of alignment can affect all bodily systems simultaneously.  It’s important to note that the function of the Immune Alliance can be stunted by misalignments.  The immune system relies on the nervous system to be able to function.  Misalignments can cause a decrease in functionality and an increase in sustained cortisol levels, which can further weaken immunity.

Let us help you get back in alignment to support your body’s natural immunity.  Contact our office to schedule a visit today!

Supplementation:

At Body in Harmony, we are a distributor of Standard Process supplements.  We chose this company because of their whole-food approach, ethical sourcing, and thorough research, ongoing for decades.

Standard Process has coined the phrase “Immune Triad” to signify the three most important products to support your immune system.  The Immune Triad consists of:

Most of us have heard advice to take Echinacea, or Elderberry…but Calcium?  This idea is new to many of us, but it’s not new to researchers.  Multiple studies show that acutely ill patients are statistically low in ionized calcium.(1)(2)  Calcium is also proven to be one of the most effective anti-virals available.  Studies show it is even effective in eliminating Tuberculosis.(3)

Cataplex C and Cataplex F work synergistically to get Calcium Lactate into the bloodstream and cells where it can do the job of protecting against pathogens.   These supplements and complementary nutritional and herbal options are available through our office.  As always, we highly recommend working with a practitioner on any supplement protocol, and our Body in Harmony staff is highly trained to assist you with supplementation recommendations.  In addition, we carry the full Standard Process line in our office.

Self Care:

While at home with an illness, there are many self-care activities that can reduce symptoms and assist your body in healing.  These same practices help support ongoing immunity to avoid illness.

Staying hydrated is important to flush pathogens from your body.  Look for filtered water or make use of herbal or green teas.  Hot water with lemon, honey and cinnamon is not only tasty, but helps in reducing mucus buildup.  Ginger tea is warming to the body, which is beneficial for fighting infection.

Probiotic foods such as kefir, kombucha, or sauerkraut will arm your body with good bacteria to help crowd out those pathogens.  You can also turn to probiotic supplements for support.

Warm baths utilizing Epsom Salt and essential oils not only feel wonderful, but can increase the amount of magnesium in your body, which helps with muscle aches, sleep, and digestive regularity.  A few drops of lavender essential oil can aid in relaxation, while eucalyptus essential oil can help clear the sinuses.  We recommend working with a trained aromatherapist before using any essential oils directly on the body, and we don’t recommend the use of essential oils directly on the skin unless diluted with a carrier oil.  It is not recommended to take a bath if you are dizzy or feeling unsteady.  Epsom salt baths are also not recommended for those with impaired kidney function.

We also recommend simple foods that are easily digested, such as bone broth or soup.  Onion and garlic are also natural pathogen-fighters, and we encourage you to incorporate more of these during an illness or while preventing illness.

Dry-brushing is a form of self-care that supports your skin and lymphatic systems.  It helps increase lymphatic circulation to remove toxins from the body, and it also leaves you with softer skin.

Finally, sleep…Sleep is important at all times, but especially so when you are ill or trying to prevent illness.  Take the opportunity to un-schedule yourself from as many commitments as possible, so you can take the time YOU need to rest.

At Body in Harmony, we believe practicing prevention is a way to arm your immune system to function optimally.  We want to help!  Contact our office for NUCCA and Supplement support that can support your natural wellness.


Reference:

  • American Journal of Medicine; 1988 Feb; 84 (2): 209-14. “Prevalence and Clinical Implications of Hypocalcemia in Acutely ill patients in a medical intensive care setting”.
  • ACTA Anaesthesiologica Scandinavia; ISSN 0001-5172; 2003. “Prevalence and Predictive Value of Ionized Hypocalcemia Among Critically Ill Patients”.
  • Microbial Pathogenesis; Volume 24, Issue 5; May 1998; pages 309-320. “Roles of Calcium and Annexins in Phagocytosis and Elimination of        an Attenuated Strain of Mycobacterium Tuberculosisin Human Neutrophils”.

The statements made only in this Blog are meant for educational purposes only, were not evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are not meant to treat or cure any disease.  Please consult with your Licensed Healthcare Provider before starting any supplement program.

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