Winter weather in the northern hemisphere demands that we take just a little more care when it comes to our health. Here are five easy ways to boost your immunity and reduce the likelihood of succumbing to whatever bug is making the rounds:
- Wash your hands frequently. Good hygiene has been scientifically proven to raise your body’s level of its most important and abundant protein – albumin. The higher the albumin, the more your immune system is boosted. Wash your hands often, especially before a meal, after using the toilet, or after shaking hands with lots of people. Keep your hands away from your face as much as possible to reduce the number of harmful invaders that can enter your body through your nose and mouth.
- Pamper your sinuses. This works great when your nose runs like a faucet. Fill a clean sink with a quart of fairly hot water, and add about ¼ cup of salt. Swish the salt around until it dissolves, and immerse your face in the water for five to ten seconds. Repeat this three or four times, allowing the water to run into your nasal cavity (keeping your mouth and eyes closed!)
- Keep your nose clean and protected. Prepare a quick nasal rinse by adding two drops of liquid grapefruit seed extract (also known as Citricidal or Nutribiotic) to two ounces warm water. Cup a small amount of the water in the palm of your hand, then lean over and gently “inhale” the water into your nasal passages. Do this two or three times before bed and first thing in the morning. The grapefruit seed extract will coat your nasal passages and help fend off harmful invaders.
- Soak your toothbrush. Regularly soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide after using it. Or purchase a Zapi toothbrush sanitizer. It doesn’t do much good to introduce immune boosting practices into your life and then turn around and repeatedly expose yourself to “bugs” via a contaminated toothbrush.
- Get adequate rest and relaxation. The body can only heal itself and maintain proper functioning when it is in an alpha state of consciousness or deeper. Those states of brain wave activity are reached during sleep, meditation and therapeutic bodywork. Make sure to get an adequate and regular number of uninterrupted hours of sleep every night. And make receiving regular reflexology and massage therapy part of your wellness plan, not a once-in-awhile luxury.