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Enhance Your Immune Response, Ease Your Symptoms & Have Better Long-Term Immune Health

Enhance Your Immune Response, Ease Your Symptoms & Have Better Long-Term Immune Health

This is the second video in a series about immune health. If you missed the one from last week, I encourage you to check it out: The Power of Your Choices for Preventing Colds and Flu.

Our immune system, why we get sick and how to support your body through an illness, are controversial topics loaded with misinformation. My intention is to simplify it as much as possible and help you find tools to strengthen your body and your immune response.

 

The Power of Your Choices for Preventing Colds and Flu

The Power of Your Choices for Preventing Colds and Flu

You have more control over your ability to stay healthy during cold and flu season than you might think. Not everything is within your control, but there are tactics you can use to help you stay well, and to recover more quickly when you do get sick.

 

Have You Ever Found Yourself Thinking That Sleep Is a Waste of Time?

Have You Ever Found Yourself Thinking That Sleep Is a Waste of Time?

Oh how undervalued sleep is in our society!

 

Our body’s consistent need for adequate sleep is unquestionable. It is while we sleep that our bodies break down old tissue, build new tissue, and perform vital functions such as processing toxins for elimination.

 

And there’s no way you can be focused, sharp and accessing your unique, creative genius when your body is struggling just to get through the day.

 

 

I cringe when I hear the words “sleep is a waste of time”! I bet you know someone, like I do, who says they don’t have enough time to sleep as much as they know they should.

 

You may have a child who has such a demanding and hectic school schedule that they have to choose between getting their work done and achieving good grades, or getting adequate sleep. What on earth are we teaching our kids by creating environments such as these?

 

Senior year of high school for my oldest son was stressful for all of us. The demands on his time for school and activities filled his days. The added tasks of college applications, financial aid forms, and everything that goes into preparing for college life were overwhelming. He was overtired and maxed out, which made him moody, unpredictable and challenging to live with.

 

When you don’t get enough sleep, you are depriving your body of the time it needs to perform VITAL functions. If you do this continuously, you are setting the stage for a whole host of potential energy, focus and health problems.

 

Your body can handle a few bad days or one crazy week here and there, but ongoing sleep deprivation is another matter, and you may not even realize it’s happening.

 

You can learn to function on what you manage to get, and use stimulants like caffeine and sugar to push your tired body during the day. But this only serves to override and ignore the signs that your body is screaming for more sleep.

 

I learned the value of sleep the hard way. For many years I struggled with physical discomfort that made it impossible for me to get comfortable in bed and sleep soundly for any extended amount of time. I tossed and turned all night and would have to get up to stretch my muscles and readjust myself.

 

And then I had kids. Any parent of small children knows what this means! Although my oldest started sleeping through the night at a few months, my youngest did not sleep through the night for the first few years of his life.

 

I was a mess! I struggled to get through every day. I was irritable and had severe brain fog. I had a great life otherwise, but was too tired and uncomfortable to enjoy it.

 

Fortunately, I wasn’t willing to live that way and made a commitment to find my way out of the mess I was in. That led me on a journey of healing, which I’m grateful for each and every day. Sleep and I are now sacred companions. I don’t use or need caffeine or sugar to wake up in the morning, or to focus or get through the day.

 

My sons are grown and have also come to understand the value of sleep. Our house falls into blissful peace typically before 10 pm these days.

 

The amount of ideal sleep varies from person to person, and can change with the seasons and shifting demands of life. I require no less than 8 hours of sleep each night, but do much better on 9 or 10 hours, especially during the long Northeastern winter months when it is cold out and the daylight is the shortest.

 

This may sound like a lot, especially if you think you are doing fine on 5 or 6 hours of sleep or less. But it allows me to be really productive every day!

 

Maintaining a regular sleeping and waking schedule is a critical component to getting a good night’s sleep. This allows your body to maximize the natural rhythms of repair and detoxification that it performs for you while you’re sleeping.

 

Creating a wind down routine before bed is highly recommended so you can put the day behind you and prepare your body to ease into ideal sleep. While some people can go all day and just fall asleep instantly, most people need to unwind before their bodies will fall into deep sleep. This is definitely true for me.

 

Even if I am super tired, if I try to transition from doing any type of activity (other than relaxing) right into sleep, my mind will race before it will rest. It serves me much better to finish up the day’s tasks and settle into something quiet and relaxing. Reading or watching a non-stimulating, commercial free story gives my body a chance to stop being active and prepare for sleep. 15 to 20 minutes is often long enough for me, but I prefer 30 to 60 minutes when I have the time. After my wind down routine I fall asleep quickly and sleep deeply.

 

My screen story time works for me, but is honestly not ideal. Studies show that exposure to electronic devices can suppress melatonin, a hormone that is essential for deep, restorative sleep. You must take that into consideration and find something that works for you. While I know a book would be better, my eyes are sometimes too tired to read comfortably by the day’s end.

 

If your mind is racing as you try to unwind, keep a pad and pen on your nightstand to write things down. This can help keep you from worrying that you will forget something important.

 

Health is often undervalued until a challenge arises, and this is a difficult way to live. Shifting your focus to prioritizing self-care when you are in good health is a far easier path, with a much better chance of a positive day to day and long-term outcome. Sleep is a non-negotiable part of a healthy lifestyle, and one that I hope you will discover great respect and appreciation for.

 

For some, achieving good sleep is complicated. This was certainly the case for me when I was struggling with my health. If you’re having any trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep or sleeping soundly, hit me up. I’m happy to help you figure out how to find your way to the bliss that amazing sleep brings.

 

Sleep well!

A Must See Story That Highlights How Powerful Your Body Is

Ron Michael has overcome and recovered from most people’s worst nightmare. He decided that the long term prognosis of never walking again or having less than a year to live was just somebody else’s opinion.

His story demonstrates that the healing capabilities of the human body are severely underestimated. And it’s incredibly inspiring, particularly when struggling with a health issue.

I hope you benefit from his story as much as I did! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

A Reactive, Symptom Management Approach May Threaten Your Long Term Health

It’s super helpful to adopt a proactive, long-term mindset when it comes to improving your health and maintaining a high degree of wellness.

How to Take Back Your Health in the Midst of Our Hyper Online Culture

How to Take Back Your Health in the Midst of Our Hyper Online Culture

Computers, email and social media have changed the world. With any change comes the need to examine what is right for you and how to use it to enhance your life.

 

It’s easy to get stuck on your computer or phone while trying to get stuff done. Email, text messages and social media posts make you feel like you’re staying in touch. But that can also be very isolating and rob you of the connection you need to thrive. Having some distance between unpleasant inquiries, tech support, and a family member who gets on your nerves, can be a good thing.

 

The topic of connection is coming up over and over again in recent weeks via podcasts I listen to, business teachings & trainings I immerse myself in, and conversations with friends and colleagues. It seems that more and more people are feeling the disconnect that communication through electronic devices can cause. And they’re anxious to get back to authentic relationship building.

 

I encourage you to consider if you are missing out on the joy of seeing people face to face, or the blessings of hugs and affectionate gestures. There is a magic and flow that happens when you’re spending time with people who get you. Sharing of yourself and your life experiences is greatly enhanced when you have the right people by your side. 

 

Healthy relationships and authentic connection enhance your health in myriad ways even beyond bringing joy, affection and enhanced life experiences into your world. Your body’s release of neurotransmitters (or feel good brain chemicals) that help you feel happy, safe and calm are supported along with healthy hormone, immune, digestion and whole-body function.

 

And that’s why your ability to create positive connections is SO important to me. You know I want you to have the amazing health you need to live the life you desire. And it truly can’t be done optimally without wonderful people in your life.

 

Our survival once depended on cooperation and group effort. Early humans were limited to the group they were born into, or had minimal ability to change tribes based on physical locations.

 

Now we can choose who we hang out with, confide in and travel this magical, messy journey of life with. And we have the ability to stay connected with social media and wonderful tools like video conferencing, so we have the best of both worlds to take advantage of.

 

Healthy relationships require effort. Nurturing and deepening your relationships with people who have your back is worthy of your time and efforts.

 

Allowing space for amazing relationships can shift your health and every aspect of your life.