Holistically Strengthen Yourself to Combat the Flu

By Christina Paul

We all know that prevention is better than a cure, and with so many nasty bugs going around this time of year, you’ve probably either fallen ill already or have watched those around you struck down with one of this winter’s nasty flu viruses. There are a few ways you can holistically strengthen your immune system in order to ward off the flu, as well as make your recovery time a little faster if you do succumb to it. 

1. Protect yourself with nutrient dense food. Tanja Guigon-Rech, Certified Nutritionist at Nutrition Nation, advises that one of the best ways to protect ourselves and ensure that we are well-equipped to fight off any unwanted flu viruses is to include the following “flu fighting foods” in our diet on a weekly basis: mineral water, fermented foods, leafy greens, garlic, lemon, blueberries as well as healing spices like ginger, cinnamon or turmeric. Ginger is a “super flu-fighting food” that not only boosts the immune system, but also help to fight off the numerous toxins that surround us daily in Hong Kong. To read more about Tanja’s suggestions, click here.

2. Use breathing techniques to relieve your body of stress. Meditation and mindfulness teaches us to be in the moment. By focusing on relaxing your body and mind, you help to relieve your body of stress, in turn keeping your immune system functioning optimally and ready to fight illness. Joy Li, one of our Kinesiologists,  suggests finding yourself a quiet space, getting into a comfortable position, and trying some belly breathing. Begin by placing your hands gently over your belly. Allow your belly to slowly rise like a balloon with your inhale, and deflate with your exhale. If you find it hard to stay focused, try breathing in for a count of 3, and out to a count of 4.

3. Relax and calm your nervous system with some simple yoga poses. We all know the benefits of practicing yoga, but Win Sie Tow, a Hatha and Yin Yoga teacher, suggests trying these 2 poses to help to build up your immune system. Child’s Pose - this is a resting pose and it helps to calm the nervous system. In this position, your body and mind resets, and your hips and spine releases any tension. It's a great pose to do first thing in the morning, or in the evening before bed.  Legs up the Wall - in this passive inversion position your feet, legs, hips, spine and nervous system are completely relaxed. It rejuvenates and oxygenates your body, bringing relief and restoration. 

4. Enjoy the anti-viral, immune-boosting properties of essential oils. These natural oils are considered to be the immune system and life force of plants, and have long been harnessed by humans for their medicinal properties. In fact, in the Great Plague of 1665 that killed over 10,000 people, it was allegedly those that worked in the perfume houses that were unaffected (back in the day when only natural oils were used, of course!). I recommend using antiviral oils such as thyme, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, peppermint, bergamot and may chang to protect and stimulate your immune system. Put a few drops in a diffuser, your bath or a bowl of hot water for steam inhalation, or enjoy our Energizer roll-on blend, a powerful combo of some of these oils that you can use as a chest rub and inhaler.

If you would like further support to strengthen yourself in these areas, kinesiology can help bring you to a place of balance so you can have a strong foundation for your immune system to combat anything that comes its way! Contact us to book a session.