We’ve been trained to see our bodies like cars. Exhaust is falling off, fix the exhaust… don’t even think to ask if it could possibly have happened while you were bouncing over speed bumps with heedless delight (that might just be me), and if maybe, just maybe you should knock that off for a bit.
Our digestion will affect our brains, our cognitive process will alter our actions, our actions will affect our emotions, and our emotions will affect everything (including whether you head butt someone or hug them) within your whole body. It’s a whole.
So what you put in you will determine just about everything else.
Anything you can do to lower the load of things your body has to deal with, process, detox, will boost your immune system.
You’re literally freeing up woman, or if you prefer (I currently don’t much) man power. A lot of it’s quite hard, so just take any of it you fancy trying and ignore the rest.
Where possible… aim for organic. Pesticides cause a cytokine cascade, mass inflammation generally, destroy the gut lining, make the liver hateful, and give your whole system a whole load of work to do just to keep you in relative homeostasis.
Avoid processed foods, they’re hard to digest, to absorb nutrients from and stress the digestive system generally.
Avoid sugar, it feeds viruses, yeast, fungus, disrupts insulin and lowers the immune system.
Avoid sugar alternatives, if you can (this one kills me).
Avoid alcohol, it’s full of fucking sugar and stresses the liver. A stressed liver stresses the immune system. In TCM it’s either heating and dampening (laying the foundation for infection and mucous production to thrive) or cooling and dampening (laying the foundation for infection and mucous to thrive). It’s high histamine and triggers digestive issues.
Avoid vegetable oils, hydrogenated oils, highly processed oils. And look out or them lurking in processed foods. Because they’re lurky bastards. Stick to extra virgin olive oil and coconut oils where tolerated. Full fat butters and ghi.
Avoid anything that gives you any kind of indigestion, because that means that you’re system can’t currently handle it.
If it bloats you, makes you gassy or causes discomfort, if you get itchy after eating or drinking it, have rosy cheeks or feel a little flushed, there’s an allergic reaction of some kind happening within your whole (I did not intend for that to sound rude).
If it triggers a SIBO, SIFO (any of the o’s), gut disbiosis, histamine intolerance or leaky gut flare, avoid it.
Avoid gluten and gluten free. Gluten free often has so much alternative shit in it, it makes gluten look delightfully supportive. Gluten itself can be tricky to digest. Some people are fine with it, some aren’t and just haven’t linked their symptoms to it.
Avoid dairy… especially if you have a reaction to it, but also if you get an infection. It exacerbates mucous production, your don’t ever need more mucous, bugs love mucous, it’s like a holiday home for them…I’m thinking Butlins for some reason.
Avoid nuts for the same reason. As nutritious as they are, they do make mucous.
Bananas, oranges, orange juice, citrus fruits all create mucous too…sorry. I’m so fucking sorry. I had a really strict godmother growing up, she’s German, quite scary, a little bit militant and we called her aunty no. I feel I am channeling aunty no.
Avoid caffeine. It stresses your adrenals and fucks up your ability to rest and recuperate.
Avoid perfumes, perfumed candles, scented room fresheners, car fresheners, washing powders, hand soaps, make up. If it’s perfumed, it’s stressing your liver and messing around with your hormones. If you inhale it, your body has to process it, and chemicals put an enormous amount of duress on the body. Find perfume and if possible chemical free alternatives. It’s a ball ache, and it’s a hard switch, but they won’t have sold out of any of that shit yet….because no one likes them, so there’s that!
Avoid chemicals, wherever you can. The play havoc with everything. You’re body has to undo that havoc. Bleaching the fuck out of everything can feel cathartic, but if you have mould in your home, it makes it more aggressive and if you have cells in your body, it will fuck with them.
Start taking probiotics. The good bacteria in the gut is the power house of your immune system, and influences your brain, which can and will influence how you cope with all the current shit going on.
If you’ve got gut issues, it can be tricky to find ones which are tolerated. I could only use saccharomyces boulardii for years. I can now take megaspore as well, the dance I did when one of those went down without flooring me was something to behold.
Anything with FOS in can be tricky, by tricky I mean bollocks, and fermented foods, while wonderful, can really fuck the gut up if you’ve got histamine issues, mast cells problems, SIBO etc. If you haven’t, fermented foods are awesome.
Stay hydrated, with room temperature water and herbal teas or infusions, not tea or coffee or fizzy drinks, they dehydrate you.
Get some sun – we have vitamin D receptors in our eyes, on our skin
Cut down on blue light from devices and use apps like twilight to reduce the blue hues, which are especially disruptive after dark. Put your phones on night mode
Put your phone on aeroplane mode where possible
Turn wifi off at night and if possible use Ethernet or hard wire instead
Consider glutathione supplements or use coffee enemas - if tolerated
Maybe add the following in, if tolerated.
Resveratrol – potent antiviral
Olive leaf antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, can lower blood pressure (I already have low bp and it hasn’t lowered mine further, I suspect it regulates it, but proceed with caution if you have a very low bp).
Elderberry antioxidants, lowers histamine, inflammation and is antiviral
Monolaurin – prevents and treats colds and flu. Immune boosting. Great for CFS/ME/Lyme/EBV
Cistus tea – Anitinflammatory/antiviral/anti fungal/antibacterial
B6 immune boosting, nervous system and brain function
Sources - liver, potatoes, salmon, chickpeas, chicken
Selenium – anti-inflammatory, reduces oxidative stress, boost immune function and supports thyroid
Sources – Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, sardines, eggs, oysters
Magnesium malate or Ease –relieves stress, immune boosting, anti-inflammatory, helps with pain and sleep.
Sources – avocados/spinach/pumpkin seeds/bone broth/legumes
Turmeric – anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-viral, anti-bacterial
Ginger – anti-inflammatory, warming, enhances immunity
Sources – buy root ginger, peel and add to teas and stews/curries/casseroles
Electrolytes – we often become deficient when ill, stressed, dehydrated, so great to add to water for a general boost
Minerals – support every function in the body
R lipoic acid – powerful antioxidant
Fish oils – great for overall health, support the immune system, heart, are wonderful for depression and anxiety, support digestion, reduce excess fat in the liver, support detoxification, are anti-inflammatory
Sauna-ing – amazing for detoxing and general health. If you have one and can tolerate them, it would be a really good idea to get in the fucker on a regular basis.
The low emf super ones are well worth the expense, if you can afford it
Dry body brushing and tapping are wonderful qi circulators
Yoga is wonderful for lymph flow for grounding for calming for healing (I’m biased as fuck).
And meditation might just stop you from killing you're currently working from home spouse or house mate (I’m not promising anything).
Use a salt pipe, add essential oils and iodine to tolerance for a deep internal boost and detox
Use nasal rinses, to clear anything lurking in the sinus cavities
Use a natural toothpaste that detoxes your mouth as it cleans
HOCL for all round general disinfecting, also suitable to spray in nose and mouth in order to prevent any infections from multiplying
Clean under your fingernails and then wash your hands.
Keep your hair clean, and don’t keep touching it, tie it back if it’s long enough.
Don’t touch your face.
And do some fucking yoga, because that shits awesome.