I know it isn’t what the mainstream media is telling you. I get it! I got fearful for a second too and even though I know better, I briefly threw what I know out the window. But, that is the thing about FEAR it causes you to throw out rational thinking.
When you take human beings and you say, ‘go into your house, clean all your counters—Lysol them down you're gonna kill 99% of viruses and bacteria; wear a mask; don't go outside,’ what does it do to our immune system?
The immune system is built by exposure to antigens: viruses, bacteria. When you're a little child crawling on the ground, putting stuff in your mouth, viruses and bacteria come in. You form an antigen antibody complex.
This is how your immune system is built. You don't take a small child put them in bubble wrap in a room and say, ‘go have a healthy immune system.
This is immunology, microbiology 101.
I was trying to be a good citizen, “flatten the curve” do my part as a healthy person and protect my mom who is going through Chemo. I know we are all gonna come out of this pandemic stronger and more resilient! But our immune systems won’t unless we do something about it!
What can we do for our immune systems right now that we have been living in a bubble?!
Sunlight! Get some Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps prevent autoimmune issues. Just 10 minutes can give you your daily dose directly through your skin. Full-spectrum light stimulates production of Vitamin D and serotonin. It also regulates the production of melatonin, helping you get a good night’s sleep.
Go to the beach! The media may have been portraying all those crazy beach goers as irresponsible but they are onto something! We were there and now that it is reopening, we are heading back this weekend! Between the magnesium rich seawater and other salt minerals like sodium, chloride, sulphate, magnesium and calcium the best thing you could do is to go take a swim in the ocean! Even the salty sea air charged with negative ions with increase oxygen absorption into the lungs.
Play in the dirt! Have you ever heard of the Farm Effect?! Dirt is good for us. Amish children who live on farms have about a 50% reduction in asthma, allergies, and gut-related disorders compared to children who grow up in more sterile environments.This is known as “the Farm-Effect.” Routine exposure to harmless microorganisms in the environment, such as soil bacteria, trains her immune system to ignore benign molecules, such as pollen. (By the way, the Farm Effect works the same way for children who grow up with a dog or other pets in the house.)
Stop using antibacterial soaps and detergents. These kill healthy bugs off and can actually produce a breeding ground for antibiotic-resistant and disease-causing bacteria. Try using natural cleaning solutions!
Clean up your diet! It sounds counterintuitive when I am talking about getting dirty, but getting clean in your diet means getting rid of the harmful chemicals and additives (including sugar!)
Purchase organic, seasonal fruits and vegetables. Rinse your food, but don’t scrub off all of the healthy dirt. We want to avoid glyphosate (the active ingredient of Roundup,) it depletes serotonin and dopamine levels in mammals. Glyphosate and other Roundup ingredients stay in the environment, including our soil and water, the plants we eat, and ultimately in our cells. Glyphosate residues have even been found in clothes made from Roundup-ready GM cotton. This can absorb directly into your skin, nervous and circulatory systems!
Eat Fermented Foods and Take a Daily Probiotic. Even if you are eating food from healthy soil, in today’s hyper-hygienic and chemically-ridden world it’s important to continually restore beneficial gut bacteria. For our family the reality is supplementation has changed everything for us.
As much as we would like to be consistent and do ALL the things above our busy lifestyle doesn’t make room for that in everyday normal daily life. So we have found an amazing gut health system that helps us fill in the gaps. Tools to help us restore balance to our gut flora, kill off the bad, feed the good, reduce inflammation, curb cravings so we aren’t looking for the junk foods, and fill in where our soil is depleted and we just can’t eat enough of certain foods on our own. But trust me not all supplements are created equal!
Before you toss the soap and stop washing your hands. Remember it is a balance. We should properly wash our hands, and people in the food or health care industry should practice good hygiene, but we don’t want to put our immune systems in bubbles. Over sanitizing and never leaving your home as a healthy person can create a whole new set of issues! Similar to overusing antibiotics that kill the good bacteria and change the immune system.
I’d love to share more about what system we specifically use and why I weeded it out from all the rest out there! Don’t hesitate to reach out! Let’s be friends! @far.from.loveles on Insta and Lauren Loveless on FB!
Stay Healthy and Well Friend