6 Ways To Strengthen Your Immune System

6 Ways To Strengthen Your Immune System

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Having a robust immune system will help you stay healthy and energetic enough to meet your responsibilities and smash your goals. However, as the weather gets colder, it can be harder to battle the different illnesses flying around.

Here are six ways you can strengthen your immune system and combat the germs that will bring you down.

Get Your Vitamins

Believe it or not, vitamin deficiencies are quite common. This challenge is primarily because the modern diet doesn’t have the variability and nutrient-rich components our ancestors enjoyed. While the best way to get enough vitamins to prevent illness and boost your immune system is through your diet, supplementing can help fill the gaps.

Look for a multivitamin that fits your specific needs. For example, a women’s multivitamin will often have more calcium to offset the risk of osteoporosis. Vegetarian vitamins will often have more vitamin B12 to replace what’s usually found in meat sources. Taking a vitamin can help bolster your immune system and keep you healthy.

Practice Stress Reduction

When you get stressed out, your body gets depleted. By having strong coping mechanisms to reduce stress, you’ll be protecting your immune system. 

There are many ways to practice stress reduction. Meditation is a powerful mindfulness practice that can help let go of negative thoughts. Journaling can help you reframe negative experiences into positive learnings. Prioritize self-care practices that help you de-stress and unwind.

Wash Your Hands Regularly

In many ways, the world is over-sterilized. Overuse of antibiotics and sanitizers have created resistance in common cold and flu strains. So, while you should avoid over sanitization, regularly washing your hands is an effective way to boost your immunity and limit the spread of germs.

Follow smart handwashing protocols, using hot water and soap, and scrubbing in between your fingers and under your nails.

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Drink Lots of Water

Not only does drinking water help flush your system of germs and toxins, but it also promotes gut health. Proper gut health plays a crucial role in your overall immune system. Drink a minimum of the recommended eight glasses a day, making adjustments based on your body size and activity levels.

Focus on Gut Health

Speaking of gut health, in addition to drinking water, you should reintroduce healthy bacteria to the gut. Eating fermented foods and food rich in probiotics and prebiotics can have a positive impact on your immune system.

Additionally, eating food that’s rich in fiber to help regulate digestion can have lasting positive impacts on your overall health and wellness.

Exercise

Regular exercise can help reduce stress, assist with weight management, flush toxins from your body, and improve your cardiovascular health. All of these play a key role in boosting your immune system.

The one caveat is for those who frequently engage in high-intensity training. Allow yourself ample time for recovery and regeneration, as over-training can have the opposite effect on your immune system. Listen to your body and lower the intensity when you’re feeling unwell.

By following these six practices, you’ll enhance your immune system and be ready to duke it out during cold and flu season. Take a habit-building approach and focus on improving one area at a time until it becomes routine.

Herbal medicine for gut health

Herbal medicine for gut health

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, gut health is an integral component of living a healthy and balanced life. However, we are seeing an increased number of new patients seeking support in regards to a variety of digestive issues.

Often, patients seek the support of a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner after trying various Western treatments to which they have experienced little to no success – and in some cases, even experience an increase in their symptoms.

A powerful alternative, herbal medicine strives to heal the body naturally by eliminating the root cause and looking at all of the different elements that may be contributing to the digestive upset. 

During consultations, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners prescribe a unique blend of herbs to combat your individual symptoms, and closely monitor the effects, tweaking the prescription where necessary to ensure each patient achieves the very best results.

Here are some of the common ingredients that may be included in your prescription.

Geng Mi (Semen Oryzae)

A rice extract powder which can help to soothe the stomach and manage thirst, diarrhea and fatigue.

Ji Nei Jin (Endothelium Corneum Gigeriae Galli)

A chicken extract used to promote digestion and remove stagnant food as well as aid in eliminating nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, moving undigested foods, and severe indigestion.

Shan Zha (Fructus Crataegi)

A berry extract that is known for its ability to reduce food stagnation as well as it’s cardiovascular benefits.

Mai Ya (Fructus Hordei Germinatus)

A barley extract most commonly used to promote the digestion of carbohydrates and starches.

Chen Pi (Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae)

An extract made from orange or mandarin peel that is used to regulate the whole digestive system and support the spleen and stomach, while reducing nausea, vomiting, belching, abdominal fullness, and distention or pain.

To find out more about improving your gut health with herbal medicine, contact us on (03) 9576 8538 or book a consultation online

How screens could be stopping you from getting a good nights sleep

How screens could be stopping you from getting a good nights sleep

For many of us, screens have become an important part of our everyday lives – but mounting evidence suggests that utilising them to close to bedtime could be wreaking havoc on our sleep patterns.

According to sleep experts, watching television, looking at our phones or using a computer before bed can affect our sleep in the following ways.

Disrupts sleep cycle

One of the most important things to be aware of when looking at screens before bed is their ability to disrupt the bodies sleep cycle, also known as the circadian rhythm. Essentially, the blue light emitted from screens can restrict the bodies ability to produce melatonin, which is the hormone responsible for regulating the circadian rhythm, thereby making it harder to fall into a deep, restful sleep.

Encourages alertness

Rather than preparing you to drift off to sleep, using screens before bed typically encourages alertness and trick your brain into thinking you need to stay awake. While it may seem harmless, an exciting movie or an interesting article can stimulate your brain more than you might realise, and ultimately cause you to stay awake longer than you need to. 

Unexpected wake up calls

In fact, mobile phones in particular have become such a key component in our everyday routines that many people rely on them as their morning alarm, meaning they tend to keep them on the nightstand or beside the bed. However, forgetting to switch your phone to silent can be seriously problematic to your sleep, as unexpected calls, messages and notifications can wake you during the night.

While there’s no need to give up screens altogether, we’re sure that we could all benefit from cutting down our screen time – and making a conscious effort to put away the gadgets at least 30 minutes before going to bed. For further support on living a healthy and balanced lifestyle, contact us on (03) 9576 8538 or book a consultation online.

Treating eczema with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Treating eczema with Traditional Chinese Medicine

 

Eczema… It’s either itchy, painful or itchy and painful at the same time. While not life-threatening, it’s an uncomfortable condition that for some can even be a source of embarrassment. 

Affecting 1 in 3 Australians at some point in their lives, many eczema sufferers are prescribed medicines such as topical or oral corticosteroids, antihistamines, and immunosuppressants. However, these treatments can often come with a long list of side effects, and usually aren’t recommended to be used long-term. Fortunately, there is a way to combat this condition naturally. 

While Western medicine considers eczema to be an allergic condition, and aims to control the symptoms caused by an imbalance in the immune system, Traditional Chinese Medicine sees eczema as a symptom of another illness – and aims to treat the root of the cause. 

To treat eczema with Traditional Chinese Medicine, you will typically encounter a mixture of acupuncture and herbal medicine. 

Acupuncture

With acupuncture, your practitioner will work to activate the body’s natural healing processes where it is needed most. In the case of eczema, they will seek to reduce stress, as well as ensuring that the spleen and liver are functioning properly, you have good blood circulation and more. 

Herbal medicine 

As part of your herbal medicine treatment, your practitioner will help you to identify foods that can trigger a flare up and again, reduce stress. Once these physical and mental triggers have been removed, the next step would involve a mix of Chinese herbs. Some herbs that you may encounter are to improve spleen health are cablin patchouli and fortune eupotorium, and others used to treat liver health are Chinese thorowax root, tree peony bark and liquorice root. 

Are you an eczema sufferer that has tried Traditional Chinese Medicine to help alleviate symptoms? If so, let us know how it worked out for you in the comments below! To book a consultation, call us on (03) 9576 8538 or book online today.

3 ways that acupuncture can help improve our mental health

3 ways that acupuncture can help improve our mental health

From depression to anxiety and general bouts of stress, mental health issues are increasingly becoming more common. In fact, one in five Australians aged between 16-85 will experience a mental illness in any given year. 

Unlike a physical injury, many people tend to let their mental health go without help. However, it’s important to recognise that improving our mental health involves a little TLC and assistance, and acupuncture can be a great way to help activate the body’s natural healing process and improve your overall sense of health and wellbeing. 

Here are some of the ways in which acupuncture can help us improve our mental health.

1.Balance nervous system

Put simply, acupuncture can help put your nervous system back in balance. Not sure what the nervous system is? It’s a system in your body that controls everything from the way you move, to how you think and feel. By tapping into the nervous system with acupuncture, it can help the system adapt to stress and re-educate itself to operate in a more optimal way.

2. Relieve symptoms

Mental health issues can often manifest themselves as physical symptoms in addition to emotional ones. As the acupuncture needles can tap into the nervous system, your practitioner can signal the brain to direct blood flow to the affected area of your body, relieving common symptoms such as tension headaches, and the inability to maintain a healthy weight. 

3. Improve general wellbeing

Acupuncture can also improve your general wellbeing in ways such as increasing your quality of sleep, and balancing out your mood. But how does it do all of this? In technical terms it can stimulate the production of neurotransmitters as well as develop the production of dopamine, serotonin and so much more. 

To find out more about how acupuncture can improve your mental health or to make an appointment, please contact us today.