Supercharge Your Immunity

By February 25, 2020No Comments

Look after your health

Here in Hong Kong, we are seeing high levels of anxiety and many of our clients have been feeling stressed about the radical life changes being forced upon them by the partial shutdown of the city. Parents becoming teachers, managers being forced to cut staff hours or let people go, and children going stir-crazy at home with many of their favourite activities cancelled. Some families are even facing the big decision of whether to uproot permanently. While we cannot solve those problems, we can offer advice and solutions to support you through these challenging times.

Ready? Now breathe…..

1. Look after your diet, and nourish your immune system. Eat whole foods.
2. Make handwashing with soap and water for 20 seconds second nature.
3. Get out in nature and soak up the sunshine.
4. Use your essential oils.
5. Meditate or use the Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as EFT or tapping. (Remind yourself of the points here.)
6. Utilise some manual therapies that are proven to boost the immune system.
7. Get sufficient sleep.
8. If you feel at risk of getting sick, use our immune support supplement trio.

1. Eat whole foods

With less scheduled demands on your time, now is the opportunity to say hello to your kitchen and try out some recipes you have been saving. The weather is conducive to stewing cheaper cuts of collagen-rich meat into delicious, gut-supporting meals. Think Lamb Shanks, Braised Beef and Grilled Beef Heart. With less trips to the supermarket you could try out our new favourite low carb, gluten-free bread recipe, make some gut-healing jelly for the family, and put some chicken liver pate in the fridge, in order to get some of the most nutrient-dense food on earth into your diet. And don’t forget the veggies. Eat plenty of leafy greens supported with a rainbow of starchy, sulphurous and coloured vegetables. Aim for 30 different vegetables per week. Maybe you become so serious about integrating more plants into your diet that you want to try using this downloadable chart to track how many different ones you are incorporating each week. (link to chicken liver pate recipe)

2. Make it second nature to wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds

The coronavirus has provided us all with a great reminder that we should regularly wash our hands thoroughly. And yes, hand sanitiser is a second best. Soap removes everything without overly upsetting the delicate microbiome of our skin. More and more research links the overuse of antibacterial/antiviral agents to the surge of skin problems that people face. Let’s be sensible in upgrading our hygiene vigilance, but not at the expense of all the great work we’ve been doing to protect and nurture our gut, skin and oral microbiomes.

3. Soak up the sunshine

All this extra time away from school and the office offers a great opportunity to get out in nature. The latest studies in circadian science show that our transition to an indoor civilisation is impacting our health. Optimally, we need 3 hours exposure to outdoor light per day, but a minimum of 30 minutes will improve your immune system. And if you manage to cut down your blue light-emitting devices early at night, this will vastly improve your quality of sleep.

4. Use your Essential Oils

Teatree oil is the poster child of anti-viral oils, but how about adding a few drops of peppermint to keep your home schooling on focus, or charging it up with some other anti-viral superstars?

Hyssop is another essential oil that supports lungs when dealing with acute and chronic viral infections and can be diffused or used as a massage oil on the chest. Mix with a carrier oil (perhaps almond, olive or sesame) and massage on the chest, over the shoulders, and as far down the back as you can manage. Hyssop is also one of the few essential oils safe for infants. For severe infections, go to YouTube to learn how to make suppositories, the French way of dealing with essential oils. (We carry moulds at the clinic if you need something quickly.)

Essential oils are also easy to use by using a few drops (in a carrier oil) on the skin after taking a hot shower or simply adding three drops into a pan of simmering water on the stove (turn heat off).

5. Meditate or use Emotional Freedom Technique

It is now widely known that stress negatively affects our immune system. In a relationship between the gut and the brain called the Gut-Brain-Axis, bio-chemicals and inflammatory cytokines made in the gut travel directly to the brain via the vagus nerve, causing depression. Meditation is an action you can take to directly halt this process. There are countless styles of meditation available, so don’t stop looking until you find one that works for you.

Emotional Freedom Technique, or “tapping” is another way to deal with stress, both of the stored kind and when you’re in the middle of a trauma. Check this YouTube link to recall the tapping points if you’ve already done our training or book a session at the clinic to get you started.

6. Get manual therapy – Lymphatic Drainage

One of the key immune systems in our body is the lymph system, which, on the superficial level, can get sluggish. The deep lymph system is in the gut – pumped by laughing and deep breathing – but the superficial lymphatic system is closer to the surface and does not have its own pump. Bad diet and surgery can make this very sluggish.

Both Caroline and Carina can do professional medical lymphatic drainage and teach you how to support your own lymph system at home. These sessions can be very beneficial even if you are finding good reasons to have deep belly laughs at the moment! The sessions are deeply relaxing and you should sleep very well that night. Afterwards, you might also notice a change in body odour or the smell and colour of urine or faeces. You might also feel lighter. Generally, 3-4 sessions will be enough to get your lymphatic system moving.

The lymph system is full of white blood cells, natural killer cells, B cells and T cells, which circulate around the body looking for pathogens or anything that is stressful to the body. It’s a continuous system, with nodes connecting to each other in a network. Each node is a cleaning station, which when swollen means they are working. We can assist that process with massage to make sure that the lymph moves faster to pick things up and dispose of them. Eventually this lymph “garbage” ends up in the liver, which then decides how to excrete the garbage.

7. Sleep

Sleep, perhaps one of the most underrated elements of optimal health, is never negotiable. If you don’t already have good sleep hygiene, this gift of time is a great opportunity to work on it. Set a consistent circadian-based bedtime (10.30pm is optimal), ensure your bedroom is very dark (blackout curtains, an EMF-free zone, and tape over LED indicator lights) and stop eating a minimum of 3 hours before you go to sleep. Remember, sleep is when the body rests and repairs, so if you’re run down and at risk of an immune system break-down, jump into bed and let your body recover.

8. Use our Immunity Supplement Pack – HK$720

Vitamins A & C – Effective at killing both viruses and bacteria.
Zinc & Vitamin D support the immune system efficiently as well

Protocol for teenagers and older – Follow for 3 days MAXIMUM at this potency, in this order, and then stop.

  • Optimal Vitamin D3/K2 – 2500 IU – (half a tablet). Dissolve in a small amount of water. Swish, and then hold in the mouth before swallowing.
  • Optimal Vitamin C plus – 1 tsp 3-5 times a day, taken throughout the day at regular intervals.
  • Optimal Vitamin A drops 50,000 -100,000 IU. Each drop contains 5,000 IU, so you need 10-20 drops. Hold in the mouth, then swish around before swallowing.
  • Optimal Zinc Lozenge. End this protocol with one lozenge. Suck for a while if you can tolerate it. If you cannot, chew well, then swallow.

The residual oil will protect your oral mucosa for quite some time.

Implement this protocol when travelling by plane, connecting with someone who is sick, or whenever you feel yourself becoming sick. It is amazing for sore throats and you will feel better in no time.

And finally, be sure to pick up some of our Probiotic Spores, the latest research-backed products for repairing the gut.

The Body Group is the only clinic in Hong Kong that distributes these products from Microbiome Labs, which was originally a research company hired by supplement companies to make formulas. Frustrated by their clients’ lack of understanding the need to use clinical data to make great probiotics, however, they felt that they needed to do it themselves. The microbiologist and chiropractor team discovered the “missing links” of bacillus spores. Nobody was using these until research revealed them to be a key part in boosting gut health, which in turn boosts both brain and immune system health. The spores are also great for any kind of gut infection. This company also has a Vitamin K2 supplement, which is key for gut, brain, heart and endocrine health.

We can test the resonance of these supplements – and others that you may be taking – in the clinic with our Bioresonance machines.

Here’s to staying healthy!

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