This Week at The Water Oracle
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Some examples of ingredients to add as tea, in smoothies, as a supplement pill:
-Lions Mane Mushrooms
-Matcha Green Tea
-Tulsi (holy basil)
These types of ingredients can be added to smoothies, teas and your homemade juices. Remember that if you are pregnant, nursing or on medications you should check if there are contraindications for the supplement you want to take. To check for medications issues call your doctor or pharmacist. There are resources online to check what herbs are considered safe for pregnant and nursing mothers. Read package labels for dosage and usage instructions. Some herbs should be taken in small amounts only. Use the recommended daily allowance. Do not fall into that if a little is good, a lot is better. That is dangerous. And remember to immediately discontinue use if something you've taken makes you feel ill, vomit, have a rash or you notice issues with your stool or urine. Call a doctor if you experience these types of reactions. Herbs can be very potent medicine and need to be handled with care.
Don't forget to ask your local herbalist or naturopathic physician for help when it comes to plant medicine. If you think you are suffering from a disease or medical condition, do not self-diagnose! This is something we see a lot here in the shop and out in the marketplace. Do not take an herb or supplement without knowing what you're getting into or why.
* We're not doctors here, we're tea makers. The information we're providing here is for education purposes. Always seek out the assistance of trained medical professionals with medical concerns. Do not self- diagnose and treat.
Immune Boosting Continued...
We want our immune system to function at peak performance levels so that we are less likely to become sick and our bodies are more likely to be able to fight off infection on their own. In order to support our immune system in this way we must first improve our overall, baseline health. Once our bodies are functioning within normal parameters for our age, we can add herbs and supplement our diets to enhance performance.
Using herbs and fungi for wellness can be a effective and healthy way to build and support your immune system. This month, we're focusing on the proper steps to take to improve your health safely. Herbs and fungi can be powerful plant medicines and need to be used wisely.
Follow These Steps to Work On Improving
Your Immune System
Step 1: is a healthy diet. Download one of those diet and nutrition apps onto your phone. I use MyFitnessPal, but any app with a nutrition function will work. Input the foods you are eating every day and track the nutrition. Are you getting enough vitamins and essential minerals every day? This is how you'll know for sure. Do not guess. If after several days of eating (one week of tracking) you see that regularly you are not getting enough vitamins, iron, etc. that is when you should take action to correct the diet deficit. Make diet corrections with real food first, not vitamin supplements. Eat foods rich in the nutrients you are lacking. You can Google that. Vitamin supplementation is for people who are stressed, athletes and people managing diagnosed health issues. The supplement industry and self help gurus may say otherwise so you'll buy their supplements but real food and monitoring your nutrition should always come first. Also, see a doctor. Annual physicals and a yearly blood panel are usually covered under most insurances. Just tell your physician you have concerns about your diet and that you would like to check things like vitamin and mineral levels along with your cholesterol.
Step 2: is getting enough sleep. Your body cannot repair or fight off disease if you're up every night watching TV or looking at your phone. You need the zzz's. Cut off caffeine by 4:00 pm, Don't consume chocolate past 6:00 pm. Know that alcohol will mess with your sleep cycle and that even if you sleep it's unlikely you'll achieve deep R.E.M if you've had more than a few drinks. Insomnia is a signal from your body that something isn't quite right. If you suffer from insomnia try eliminating caffeine, chocolate and alcohol all together. If it's still persistent, talk to your physician about your symptoms. Many medications have side effects which include sleep disturbance. Anxiety and stress can also cause sleeping issues. If this is a chronic issue, talk to someone about it.
Step 3: Exercise. Cardiovascular fitness is really a staple of good health. Even if you're just going for walks, stimulating your circulatory system is important for heart & lung health and general well-being. A strong circulatory system with properly oxygenated blood will help you feel better, fight infections and ultimately could help you live longer.
Step 4: Hydrate. We hear it, yet we don't always do it. Drink water throughout the day. Avoid sugary beverages or drinks with artificial ingredients in them. Try just drinking water, and if you drink caffeinated coffee or teas save those for your morning routine.
Step 5: Finally! You're ready to add immune boosting agents to help your body work more efficiently. Now that you're eating right, exercising, getting enough rest and drinking water your body is likely to be working like it's supposed to for its age. To help it along you can add herbs and fungi. This must be done consistently before you're ill to really reap all the benefits.