Helping our immune system with spice.
Fuelling our minds, staying inspired and motivated during this time can be hard without fuelling our body with the essentials to stay healthy. Although, this is the perfect time to drink more alcohol, get takeaway, eat junk, it's essential that we give our body what it needs, for our physical and mental health.
Imagine our bodies are a car. For what ever reason you don't fill up with petrol, would you wonder why all of a sudden you are slowing down on a highway to come to a complete stop? Say you fill this car up with $5, would you expect it to get you on a long journey?
Think about food now, if you are eating processed, packaged food constantly, can you really expect it to take you on a road-trip? no... What you put in, is what you get out. I'm sure you know this already, but I hope it acts as a little reminder.
Here is some easy ways to help fill up your tank.
Firstly, if you can, make wholesome meals from scratch. Time consuming but worth it, if you can, this gives your digestive system less work, enabling your body to focus on healing other areas.
Add SPICE to your life
Here are a few of my favourites:
- Ginger: Is good for the circulatory system but also calms the gut for all of those uneasy, butterflies you might be experiencing. It also helps with colds, perfect for our immune system.
- Garlic: Lowers blood pressure and supports our immune system.
- Turmeric: Wonder spice, it has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant healing benefits. A powerful spice.
- Cinnamon: has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties to help us with our immune system
- Clove: Helps with our bodies infections and immune system
Why most of the herbs above are focused on the immune system? Bad diet and an increase in alcohol consumption all effects the immune system. Pretty much, when our immune system is compromised we are more likely to get sick as we lack strength to fight off illness.
Add traditional Balinese drink, Jamu, for a little immune pic me up. It's a powerful drink, but it does wonders, as it includes spices from above. I like mine best with coconut water to ease into. It is very important to include a touch of black pepper as it aids absorption. Also please note, turmeric will dye everything, including your finger nails. l currently have yellow everything.... https://downshiftology.com/recipes/jamu-juice-turmeric-ginger-drink/
and lastly, stay hydrated, with water.
All this information comes from my learning and personal research as I study herbal medicine. I am not qualified. I recommend 'A Natural Prescription' by Dr Andreas Michalsen for deeper research. If you would like professional help, healing with food. I recommend shay from https://www.ayupotheca.com/
Feel free to ask any questions, I would be more than happy to talk about anything in more depth, the science and the facts.