By: Laura Norman Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
As winter envelopes the nation, the season of colds, flu and other respiratory infections is well on its way.
At the same time, the storm of controversy about the flu vaccine continues—with some authorities advising everyone to be vaccinated—and others questioning whether flu shots are necessary, effective, or even safe. With all the noise it’s hard to know how to keep yourself and your family healthy.
Choosing to vaccinate or not is a personal decision—one best made after doing research, asking questions and discussing your concerns with your primary care practitioner. Whether you choose to be vaccinated or not, there’s much you can do to bolster your immune system—your first defense against colds and flu—naturally.
We all know some of these things: Getting enough rest, sensible exercise, avoiding excess stress, eating right. About diet: You probably know—but it’s worth repeating—that keeping the body on the alkaline side of the pH scale helps to defend against flu and colds. The viruses that cause these infections cannot thrive in an alkaline environment.
Generally, a diet high in fruits and vegetables helps your body’s defenses. Among the best foods to help your body stay alkaline are citrus fruits, especially lemons. Although citrus fruits are acidic, they create an alkaline response in your body. Starting each day with lemon juice in water can help you “alkalinize.”
And grandma was right! Research shows that chicken soup helps to clear up congestion.
Keeping to a healthy regimen may be easier said than done. The more tools we have to help us resist disease, the better. So here’s a wonderfully pleasurable, natural way to strengthen your immune response when chill winds blow—or whenever you feel the need!
Reflexology is the art of applying pressure to “reflex points” on the hands, face, ears and feet to gently affect all your organs, glands, and each part of your body. Research, case studies and client testimonials have documented the usefulness of reflexology in improving many health conditions including chronic pain, high blood pressure, insomnia, constipation, PMS, pregnancy, menopause and more. Reflexology helps to relieve stress and improves energy.
A simple, easily-learned reflexology routine working on your feet alone can give your body’s immune system a natural boost. My book, Feet First, gives simple routines for specific needs—including one for boosting the immune system, You can exchange reflexology sessions with your partner or use this routine with your family and friends. No foot is too young or old to benefit!
In the deeply relaxed state that results from a reflexology session, a person receiving reflexology is especially open to suggestion. It’s a great time for a visualization to strengthen your sense of safety and good health. Imagine a pink glow flowing through and around the body, energizing the immune system—or lymphocytes gobbling up germs and viruses. Envision any wish/desire you have being fulfilled.
Whatever your choice about flu shots, you can take steps to keep yourself and your family strong. One might say you can take your health into your own hands—or feet!
Laura Norman, M.S., LMT, world-renowned Holistic Reflexologist and author of the best-selling book, Feet First: A Guide to Foot Reflexology, offers private Reflexology and Life Wellness Coaching sessions in Delray Beach and Holistic Reflexology Certification Training Program in Boynton Beach starting February 17th. Laura has created Aromatherapy products and step-by-step Foot, Hand and Face Reflexology Home Study DVDs, and offers beautiful gift certificates for all occasions. www.lauranorman.com • firstname.lastname@example.org • 561-272-1220