• Nina Elliott

Boosting Your Immune System

I am not a doctor or nurse. I am a massage therapist, yoga instructor, energy healer. What I have learned through the years of studying holistic medicine and wellness is there there are lots of ways that I can improve my immune system so that I don't need the traditional health care system as much.


Here are some of the tools I have used to help boost my immune system:


I love Essential Oils. Essential oils are the essence of the plant--done right, it provides the healing elements of the plant in a concentrated form. Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways most commonly diffused in the air, put in a hot bath, or some oils can be used on the skin. Do some research on how to best use the oil of your choice!


Some great essential oils that are either anti-viral or immune boosting are:

Melissa

  • Citrus (grapefruit, orange, tangerine, mandarin, lemon)

  • REVIVE Immune Boost/Young Living Thieves//DoTerra OnGuard

  • Clove

  • Oregano

  • Lavender

  • Bergamot oil

  • Eucalyptus oil

Those that you recognize as foods, please add those to your diet to help boost your systems as well!




Next I'd like to talk about Breathing! So important to feed our bodies the oxygen and nutrients from the air that it so desperately needs to be healthy. Oxygen is one of the fuels for the brain (the other is glucose) which controls the immune system as well as all other systems.


To start with, ensure that your ribs and spinal column move freely in order to allow full breaths to be taken.


To accomplish this, let's try Thoracic Vertebrae Gliding: moving the thoracic vertebrae forward and backward—from belly button to base of neck. Here we are creating movement in the part of the spine that is most involved in breathing.



  1. Breathe in, slide the thoracic vertebrae forward (from belly button to collar bone) NOTE: Don't extend the neck (point your nose to the ceiling) and don't stick your butt out creating a crunch in your lower back--we are only focused from the collar bone to the belly button

  2. Breathe out, slide the thoracic vertebrae backward (from belly button to collar bone) NOTE: You can let your chin sink towards your chest if it make is easier.


Next, I want to make sure you are taking complete breaths. Three-Part Breath — Dirga (or Deerga) Swasam Pranayama (DEER-gah swha-SAHM prah-nah-YAH-mah) — is often the first breathing technique I teach to new yoga practitioners. During Three-Part Breath, you first completely fill your lungs with air, as though you are breathing into your belly, ribcage, and upper chest. Then you exhale completely, reversing the flow.


Benefits of Dirga Pranayama

Practicing Dirga Pranayama teaches you to breathe fully and completely. Ineffective breathing is a common problem in today’s modern world, compounded by poor posture and long periods of sitting or driving. When you breathe shallowly (called “chest breathing”), the air only enters your upper chest and very little enters your lower chest. This causes a lack of oxygen to your blood vessels, which can create strain on your heart and lungs. The mind and body also interpret this as fear based breathing and puts you into fight or flight mode releasing stress hormones. Often this leads to feelings of stress, anxiety, fear, paranoia, etc. as well as tightening the muscles in the upper back and neck causing pain.


Learning to breathe deeply will increase your oxygen supply, which, in turn, will help to decrease stress and anxiety levels. Additionally, focusing on your body during Three-Part Breath brings awareness to the present moment and calms your mind.

According to studies, you can inhale and exhale up to seven times as much air (and oxygen and prana) during a three-part breath than in a shallow, chest-based breath.


  • Focus on sleep & good rest… visit my Yoga Nidra class this Friday on-line or in-person: visit my Events on Facebook for details

  • Meditation – Join my Meditation group for inspiration and instruction

  • Reduce Stress: Turn Off the News – I recommend checking on developments in your country once/day. Constantly focusing on new information is addictive but promotes excess levels of concern and fear. Find a source you trust that won’t sensationalize it: CDC, WHO, etc. to check

  • Keep things in perspective! As of this morning:

117,175

Currently Infected Patients

110,738 (95%)

in Mild Condition

6,437 (5%)

Serious or Critical

91,174

Cases which had an outcome:

82,902 (91%)

Recovered / Discharged

8,272 (9%)

Deaths

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

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