Boost your immune system for this coming fall

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This month at Salt we are featuring our immune boosting Halo (Salt) Therapy to strengthen your defenses and prepare you for this upcoming fall. There are many benefits to Dry Salt Therapy including decreasing all types of inflammation in the body, alleviating symptoms from respiratory conditions and skin conditions and the absolute fact that it is most known for its immune boosting properties. The pure and natural medical grade sodium chloride is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory. As you breathe in the fine particles of this salt while also absorbing through the skin, the salt enters the body and attacks various foreign substances. These substances are then exited from the body naturally via mucus.

Whether you are using Dry Salt Therapy (Halotherapy), Wet Salt Therapy (Floatation AKA Sensory Deprivation), Infrared Sauna, Massage Therapy or Dr. Parm Bisla’s Pain Free Chiropractic services, you will be safely socially distanced in each of our private rooms, which are socially spaced out from each other ensuring you are not in the personal space of other clients.

Fall is the time of year when the leaves turn beautiful colours, routines and schedules are back on track and the weather starts to change. During this season, our bodies prepare for the upcoming winter. As we head into mid fall, we also begin to encounter colds, coughs, flus and sore throats. This will be a tricky year due to the ever-evolving Corona virus and everyone needs to be prepared more than ever before.

Keeping your immune system strong will boost your defenses and there are many ways you can do this. You may keep hearing these same things from everywhere constantly (including me) but I will mention it again as it’s important, especially for this particular fall:

1) EAT CLEAN AND DRINK WATER

Organic when possible, ensure you are getting adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Focus on immune boosting foods such as citrus fruits, bell peppers, garlic, ginger, spinach, turmeric, green tea, kiwi, various herbal teas such as rooibos, lean quality meats, fibre from legumes and whole grains and watching your starch intake (which can drastically affect sugar and then cortisol levels, inducing a stress response). Algae’s including chlorella and spirulina keep your blood healthy and are also immune boosting and detoxifying due to their high nutrient content.

Staying hydrated helps the body function better. Drinking water throughout the day also flushes toxins from your system. The less toxins your body has to deal with, the easier it is for immune system to do its job. If the body is focusing on removing pesticides, hormones, plastics and other contaminants from the body, the immune system cannot run at its fullest potential.

2) SUPPLEMENTATION

To enhance your existing diet or to supplement a not so great diet, I always suggest a good quality multivitamin or you can use single more concentrated vitamins to increase the effect and potency. Right now, anything that can boost your immune system is suggested and includes any of the following: echinacea, oil of oregano, Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin D, Curcumin, Quercetin, Astragalus, therapeutic mushrooms and very importantly, probiotics. If you had to pick, I personally suggest Vitamin D as it plays an important role in activating T Cells which is the first line of defense of the immune system, multi-strain enteric coated refrigerated probiotics to assist with T lymphocyte production and also improves digestion and Vitamin C which enhances the effectiveness of many other vitamins as well as helping prevent or alleviate infections caused by bacteria and viruses.

3) GETTING ADEQUATE SLEEP AND REST

Lack of sleep is one of the top reasons for a compromised immune system. During sleep and rest is when our bodies repair and heal from whatever ailment is happening in the body to the best of its ability. Research shows that without the necessary rest required to do its many important functions (including the fact that during sleep, your immune system releases inflammation fighting cytokines which fight inflammation, infection and trauma), your health begins to deteriorate. Your immune system relies on sleep to fight harmful substances, create more white blood cells that can attack viruses and bacteria and to give the body a much-needed break from stress. During sleep, your stress responses quietens and your body can then repair damage caused by stress. Can’t sleep or only have so many hours to sleep? Rest is better than nothing and can include laying down (even without sleeping), yoga, meditation or a floatation therapy session is so restorative to the mind and body that it can be equivalent and as effective as a 3-hour nap.

4) EXERCISE

Every little bit counts! You don’t have to become an athlete, just get moving! Research shows exercise boosts your circulation including the circulation of immune cells such as natural killer cells and T cells and increasing their numbers to wipe out pathogens, including viruses. Dance, walk, rebound (jumping on a mini trampoline), bike, hike, whatever you enjoy doing. Can’t exercise? No time? Nowhere to do it? Try our infrared sauna, equivalent to a 30 min cardio workout with the added benefits of increasing circulation, decreasing inflammation, speedier injury recovery, immune boosting, detoxifying and relaxing, all in one!

5) MANAGE YOUR STRESS

I know, easier said than done most days, and today with the global pandemic, more than ever. Stress unfortunately, will greatly negatively impact your immune response and therefore managing it any way you can will assist with keeping your immune system running optimally. Exercise, playing music, walking in the woods, stretching and breathing, anything that makes you feel good and happy and takes you away, even temporarily, from things that bring you negativity, pressure or worry. You may also consider a Magnesium Bisglycinate supplement as Magnesium is known to relax the muscles and decreasing cramping, improve digestion and relax the mind, as well as producing some overall general relaxation within the body. Bisglycinate has a higher bioavailability so I recommend this form of magnesium.

There are also many herbal teas you can try for stress relief and to induce sleep. I like Traditional Medicine brand of teas (Cup of Calm, Nighty Night and Stress Relief). Here at Salt, we have many therapeutic and healing services to offer that enhance stress relief, body and mind restoration and this month’s feature, immune boosting and relaxing Salt Therapy!