When it comes to the shifting of fall into winter, we are all intimately familiar with the increase in coughs, sneezes, and sore throats. That’s right, the dreaded flu season. It catches our little ones when they go to school and share spaces with their peers, it comes in waves at the office, and sneaks up on us as we prepare for our favorite fall festivities. You know what, bring it on!
Sometimes I wonder if it would be possible to prepare perfectly and do everything possible to prevent the onslaught of viruses. Alas, it’s a part of every year’s natural shift into colder weather. What is good for all of us, especially the mothers of the world, is that we can at least put some things in place to help keep our families and loved ones safe.
But first, you know the drill, let’s get down to terminology.
What is your immune system?
The first thing that comes to mind for me is that your body's immune system is almost like a suit of armor, protecting you and keeping you safe, except that it’s inside of you. Speaking more technically, your immune system is a network of natural protective elements that keep you safe from all manner of trouble; including bacterial infections, viruses (the flu!) and parasites/fungi.
But what makes up your immune system? “Your immune system is a large network of organs, white blood cells, proteins (antibodies) and chemicals. This system works together to protect you from foreign invaders that cause infection, illness and disease.” (Article 1)
When your immune system is functioning naturally, it knows which cells are yours and what are foreign substances that shouldn’t be in your system. This is where maintenance and caring for your body are key - so it can take care of itself and keep you safe. When your immune system is worn down, it doesn’t have the strength to fight off invaders and may inadvertently attack itself.
What can affect or cause a weakened immune system?
Referenced from Article 1.
Primary immunodeficiency disorders
What are some natural ways to boost your immunity?
This is where things get really good. Helping your immune system naturally begins with simple life adjustments that you can make and really help your body take care of itself. Many of these recommendations will not only help your immune system, but your overall health:
Stop smoking and consume little to no alcohol
Incorporate more Vitamin C into your diet.
Maintain a healthy body weight
Eat a clean/healthy diet with fresh ingredients like fruits/veggies
Get enough sleep
How does light therapy help?
Red light therapy helps improve your immune cells, which is crucial for those suffering from any problems within their immune system, especially autoimmune diseases. During the therapy session, the wavelengths allow your body to rest and devote energy to circulation, ATP production, and cellular healing. This impacts your organs and reduces the strain and stress that has been placed upon them so you can heal.
Beyond this, the blue, red and infrared lights work together to actively increase circulation so that your body can regulate and care for itself. This results in your body being able to bolster its energy and the strength of your immune system all while reducing inflammation.
What does the science say?
That light therapy, Low Level Light Therapy, (LLLT) “has also been shown to act directly and selectively on the autoimmune system, restoring immunocompetence to immunocompetence cells. Although much more research needs to be done, there are enough experimental and clinical data to show that the laser, and LLLT in particular, has a possibly exciting role both in immunobiological therapy for diseases of the immune system, and to activate and boost the normal reaction of the immune system components against harmful foreign bodies.” (Article 2.)
When you use light therapy it’s such a beautiful and holistic approach for caring for the entirety of your body; allowing it to take care of itself and remove hurdles. Not to mention, how relaxing and awesome you feel after the light session.
If you want to explore what a session or having your own equipment looks like, please reach out!
With Love and Light Always,
Lisa the Light Lady
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Links referenced above:
Article 2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8126975/
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