The cold season is upon us, along with its dryness, darkness, and short days. The common cold and viral flus can thrive in these conditions with the help of lack of exercise, lack of sleep, and most easily, stress.
Don’t forget exercise. After that Nettle tea boost, you can take those extra set of stairs, bust into a brisk walk, or whatever gets your heart rate up. Anything you can do for at least 30 mins/day. Increased heart rate = increased white blood cell production. And with more WBCs, the more aid your body gains in fighting off infection.
Get plenty of sleep. This is a big one. It goes without saying that a tired body does not have the energy to do any of the above. Chamomille tea is good with ths one, as well as:
Massage. Research shows that massage can help with insomnia AND boost immunity. According to Dr. Tiffany Field, Director of the Touch Research Institute, massage decreases the level of the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol destroys natural killer cells, so less cortisol through massage = more natural killer cells = immune boost! Seratonin, the neurotransmitter that regulates sleep gets a boost as well. Results of a study published in Journal of Neuroscience stated that massage increases seratonin levels.
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