Your immune system plays a vital role in your overall health. Made up of a complex network of cells, tissues, and organs, it’s your body’s defense against unwanted bacteria and viruses that can make you sick. If the immune system gets out of whack, due to stress or other factors, it isn’t able to fight off unwanted invaders, letting them creep into the body leading to disease, auto-immune disorders, allergies, and a mess of other problems leaving you sick.
Stress and the Immune System
Stress is one of the biggest disruptors of the immune system. Whether is stems from emotional, physical, or chemical origins, stress is one of the top reasons why the immune system begins to shut down.
Not all stress is bad. It is the body’s natural defense mechanism against our prehistoric fight or flight instincts. However, when your body is in a constant state of stress with no relief, your body can’t function properly and the immune system can’t fight off the bad stuff.
Lucky for us, when people start to feel sick from the copious amounts of stress in our lives, there are natural solutions to give your immune system the boost it need to get back on track.
Essential oils have incredible, natural detoxing properties. Just about every type of essential oil has anti-viral, anti-fungal, or anti- bacterial elements.
One of the best ways to use essential oils to boost the immune is through aromatherapy. Diffusing oils of relaxing scents such as lavender can promote a feeling a calm and has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety. It can even promote a better night’s sleep. Scents such as lemon or peppermint have also been shown to help purify the air, killing off pathogens before your breath them in.
Incorporating essential oils mixed with a carrier oil into your regular massage therapy session has also been shown to boost the immune system. The cleansing properties of rosemary or grapefruit massaged near areas of the lymphatic systems can promote detoxification and help expel toxins from the body.
It’s been jokingly said that the Englishmen would pause a war to have their afternoon tea, and for good reason too. Herbal teas have been used for thousands of years for their healing and detoxing qualities. Not only does it promote a relaxing sense of calm, it can help soothe aches and pains, decrease inflammation, and promote the body’s ability to produce pathogen fighting white blood cells. Most teas are also loaded with antioxidants to help fight free radicals and other bad microbes. And as an added bonus, it tastes delicious!
The skin is our largest organ and a major factor in eliminating toxins from the body. As you sweat, your pores expand, allowing your body to naturally eliminate these impurities. A steam tent is a great way to allow your body to sweat safely and comfortably to expedite the detoxing process to boost your immune system.
Steam tents also provide a highly relaxing experience. As your body warms from the steam, muscles start to soften and areas where you may hold stress start to release any built up tension. The high temperatures also trigger the body to create more white blood cells and antibodies that strengthen the immune system further.
The nervous system controls just about everything in the body, including the immune system. Misalignments of the spine can interfere with the body’s ability to function properly, creating inflammation, and preventing it from healing its self. Regular chiropractic adjustments can maintain proper spinal alignment, promoting a healthy body.
Massage therapy can help support a healthy immune in several ways. When the body is stressed physically, circulation decreases, preventing healthy blood flow to your muscles. Massage therapy can increase circulation back into these areas through kneading and stretching the injured tissue to return them to their natural state. Massaging these areas results in reduced pain and decreased swelling and inflammation. Vital nutrients essential for proper cellular function will be restored allowing the body to heal itself.
In addition to the physical immune boosting benefits, massage is the perfect way to relax and calm the mind. Massage therapy has been proven time and time again to decrease depression, reduce stress, and create and overall sense of wellbeing.
The next time you feel stressed or like you are on the brink of catching a cold, try incorporating these natural approaches of boosting your immune system in your routine. Not only will you start feeling better right away, you’ll prevent future health concerns from developing in the future.