6 blissful secrets to improve your immune system

A friend and I were joking around about how nice it would be to have a break from mom-ing. What a sweet relief to have a break for a month. Even 90 minutes could be life-changing!

I know we can be friends if I can joke about this! Obviously, I love my mom gig.

I also love me-time where I’m not putting others needs above my own. Making space to honour who we are as individuals can be tough to balance.

Whether we have time for self-care isn’t the question…

We all know the answer is there is never enough time.

It happens every year. The season where our kids are coming home with all the nasty cold and flu bugs. I got to thinking about I could manage not getting sick too.

I’ve got six practices to share with you.

Some of them you might already be doing. Others are very easy to incorporate into your already full life.

Want me to share them with you?

Yes?

Read on my friend.

But first, a Coles notes on the immune system.

We all know our bodies are mostly made of water. Some of this fluid gets pumped around in our circulatory system. Some make our cells plump. Some fill the space between cells.

The lymphatic system is part of the immune system. It drains fluid from body tissues into the blood and clears the garbage out. The lymphatic system does not have a pump. It relies on body movement for circulation or it will become stagnant.

When working well pathogens are removed quickly, and inflammation and pain decrease. We become sick less often.

Here are six practices to support the movement of lymph, boost the immune system and make you feel great.

Bouncing on a trampoline

Bouncing on a trampoline gets those fluids moving like nobody’s business. NASA tells us that bouncing is better for your cardiovascular health than running! If your pelvic floor is not in a state for bouncing, not a problem. Even sitting on a trampoline and bouncing is good for you. It’s that rocking up and down motion that gets your fluid moving.

What you need: a rebounder, a mini-trampoline. The kind with the bungee is far gentler on the body than the brands with springs.

How to: Start with 3 minutes and increase bounce time to tolerance. Bounce sitting or standing, as gently or as vigorously as feels good in your body. Watching you bounce is pure entertainment for babies

Drybrushing

One-third of your body’s toxins are excreted through the skin. Dry brushing helps unclog pores and excrete toxins that become trapped in the skin. Dry brushing daily helps to boost your immune system, give your skin a glow, improve circulation. Your body will quickly get used to the feeling of the bristles and leave you pleasantly tingling all over.

What you need: a natural bristle dry brush.

How to: brush each area of your body from the extremity towards your heart several times. Start at the tips of your toes or fingers and work your way centrally.

Gratitude

Daily gratitude practice improves happiness and health, sleep and immunity. Spending 20 full seconds in gratitude is key. 20 seconds doesn’t seem like a lot, but our busy brains tend to jump around even faster than that.

What you need: a willingness to feel your mood shift.

How to: Identify something that you are grateful for and then explore why you are grateful for the thing. I am grateful for X because it allows XYZ.

Infrared Sauna

The infrared sauna feels AMAZING! Some health experts say that having a home sauna is as important as having a refrigerator! Sauna strengthens your immune system. It increases white blood cell production, releases impurities, improves circulation, regenerates cells, and promotes relaxation.

What you need: Zero EMF infrared sauna.

How to: Spend 20-30 minutes in a sauna 3-4 times per week. Dry brush before the sauna, and cold shower afterwards for best results. Stay hydrated with mineralized water.

Cold Shower

If you haven’t heard of the benefits of cold water for the immune system you need to look up Wim Hoff. That guy is intense!

I’m certainly not brave enough to sit in ice water for half an hour and I won’t ask you to do that either. I do encourage you to turn your water to the coldest setting you can tolerate for a minute or two at the end of your shower. This supports your health by constricting the tiny muscles in your blood vessels. Doing this right before bed helps you to fall asleep quickly and sleep soundly.

What you need: Just your regular shower

How to: Turn water to the coldest temperature that you can tolerate for one minute at the end of every shower.

Massage

Massage supports circulation and the movement of fluid in the body. There are many ways to get a massage. During my first pregnancy I would go to The Brick because they have these incredible massage chairs. If only I had space in my house for one of those!!!

What you need: A friend, partner or Registered Massage Therapist.

How to: Convince your friend or partner to either give you a massage or watch the baby so you can visit your favourite Massage Therapist.

What I’ve come to know is that most people have no idea how good their body is meant to feel.

When I started working these six practices into my self-care routine I could not believe how great I felt.

Seriously!

I wish I was a poet so that I could eloquently describe the sensation. I’ll do my best… I would fall asleep so soundly and sleep so deeply. I know this to be true because I have smartwatch data.

I felt like I was sinking deep into my mattress my body was SO relaxed. I would wake up eager to take on the day, up for whatever challenge came my way. This practice is transformative and I can’t encourage you enough to give these six practices a try.

Most of us don’t have a home sauna or Bellicon trampoline and aren’t ready to make the investment. So I was motivated to create a treatment that I’m calling “The Ultimate Massage Experience.”

During 90 minutes of bliss, we cover all the immune-boosting practices above, including an infrared sauna session.

You’ll receive your own dry brush and an RMT receipt to claim with extended medical. If you are interested in “The Ultimate Massage Experience” you can book here.

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