Having just returned from my third trip around Australia talking about Immune Health, I find it frightening to even think of some of the medications that people are on to assist them with their auto immune disease. I have never been able to understand how you can close down an immune system and expect it to heal. It is just not logical to me.
When I was recovering from my Auto Immune Disease (Lupus) I decided not to take medicine and to SLOW down the immune system while it healed itself. Is that the long way round? You may ask this question, but I am well today.
One thing I learnt is that we do not break down our immune system overnight. It can take up to seven years to become ill. What we do is simply ignore the symptoms. We brush the symptoms off because we are too ‘busy’ to address them. Or maybe we are just ignorant of what those symptoms are. Maybe our parents were ignorant of what those symptoms are.
I remember having cramps in my legs when I was a child. I would be in tears with the pain. I was told to go outside and play more tennis and work through the pain. Of course I simply know that everything that happens in our body is a Universal Message telling us that this needs addressing. And, in fact the message I was getting was, that I was not getting, and or absorbing, enough minerals for the activity I was putting out.
So with winter coming up we may need to pay attention to what is occurring in our body and address it immediately. For example: If you are experiencing bloated gut then analyse what you ate before, that may have contributed to that. You may find a pattern forming when you eat certain foods. Wheats, sugars, gluten and yeasts are very common to bloat us, especially if we are experiencing allergies to food groups. Lots of cheeses have YEAST in them as do Rock Melons and Honey Dew Melon. You may find not only a change in your diet, but an addition of a pro-biotic or a digestive enzyme assists you to assimilate the foods that you are eating.
High dairy intake, processed foods, trans fats, sugars, pesticides and environmental chemical exposure can all cause an imbalance in the gut effecting the way you digest your food and your immune system function. Much of what is created from exposure to these foods and chemicals can create undigested foods, toxins and bacteria in the gut that then leaks into the blood stream…hence the term ‘leaky gut’. I remember being told that I had portions of undigested food in my blood stream. Eating not only the wrong foods, but eating on the run in out too busy lives.
Your best friend this winter could be Echinacea. This is Immune Health in a jar. I take it in higher doses at the beginning of winter to act as my Natural Flu shot. I also keep it on hand for that touch of a sore throat or sinus and when taken early it may stop that bacteria infection progressing. There are some big viruses around this winter so being prepared is the key. Krill oil could also help with the synovial fluids in your joints, as particularly in moving things gently through the bowel among many other attributes.
Foods for winter should include warmth, so ditch those salads and bring on the stews, crock pot meals and soups. Your body is looking for liquid because of the drier air and warmth. I cooked two lamb shanks the other day in a natural vegetable soup stock with a few herbs and orange vegetables. The left over juice became part of the stock for a 10 vegetable soup….yummy.
Your zinc levels also may need to be looked at. Chemists quite often do zinc testing or your natural therapists. Your skin on the outside is indicative of your zinc levels, which also indicates your lung condition. Zinc is NOT something you muck around with but it may be something you have a conversation about if your skin is continually dry and/or you are getting lost of chest irritations like bronchitis etc. If you are zinc deficient, the liquid zinc may taste sweet when you swallow it. If you have good zinc levels then you may find that the zinc test is yukky for you. Make sure you seek some advice on this one.
So, to assist you this winter, eat for the season. We have a plethora of foods available to us all year round. However modern technologies and importations may leave us with overly processed and nutrient depleted foods. In order to nourish your body this winter you may like to gravitate to FRESH REAL FOODS that are in season. Vegetables could be your best friend to help neutralise that acid residue and start your alkalising process. Your inflammation may subside, your digestion may improve and you may find you have a lot more energy. It takes 20pts of alkaline to digest 1 part of acid. Happy juicing and souping this winter. Make LOVE to vegetables this winter.