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How to boost your immunity

How to boost your immunity

And how to stop getting sick!

Listen to the episode here on the Healthyish + Happy podcast, or read below.

This winter (and autumn) has been a dooz-ay of people falling sick left, right and center.

  • Whether it’s our lack of exposure to bugs…
  • Or super-hero hygiene during the c🦠 era…
  • Or whether there’s a new branch of super bugs floating through the air…


No matter the reason, if you’re fed up of fighting the stuffy nose, ignoring your scratchy throat, feeling run down, and throwing back vitamin C and cold and flu tablets like they’re lollies, then, oh boy, you are going to loveeee the latest Healthyish + Happy podcast  episode.

The time has come where you can finally stop falling sick (and tired, grouchy, achy, icky) every winter (or all the time).

AND what’s even more amazing, is the answer is super simple: 


✨ boost your immunity ✨

I don’t meant generic boosting like chugging on Armaforce, swigging back Echinacea or surviving off cold and flu tablets. These help boost your immunity short term or reduce your symptoms when you are sick, but they’re not always going to stop you from getting sick the next time a bug floats your way.

What will stop those bugs from causing a flu, cold, cough, achy bod, or diarrhoea party is building your immune system up at the root cause.

Once you do, your chances of falling sick in the first place dramatically reduce. Meaning no sicknesses, even when someone coughs or sneezes a snot rocket in your face.  🤧🦠

Wanna know what I mean and how to do it? Let’s jump in!

What’s depleting my immune system?

There are 3 main root causes you’ll want to nourish:

#1. NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES

The top 3 are vitamin C, zinc and vitamin D.

Boosting vitamin C and zinc are your first point of call because they’re needed to build up your white blood cells which protect you and they’re very easily depleted when you’re sick or stressed.

Vitamin D is third but just as important. It’s crucial to balance your immune system, especially if you have autoimmune conditions. 1 in 3 Aussies are vitamin D deficient (despite all the sun we see) so it’s super important to get it checked with your Doctor and check out episode 46 to see if you have enough or need to supplement.

 

#2. GUT INTEGRITY

The gut is crucial for many things, and your immune system is one of them. Because 70-80% of your immune cells are located in your gut and your gut bacteria influence your immune system, too. So the gut is a crucial place you want to direct your eyeballs to boost your immune system back up.

While certain probiotics can have a short lived effect on your gut and immunity, it’s more beneficial to support and influence the gut bugs you already have in your gut for long-term results. This means using prebiotics instead of probiotics – so we actually feed the good guys in your gut that do all the important work.

How do you do this? Start off with by aiming for lots of fibre, veggies all colours of the rainbow and bone broth to help heal the gut. I’ll go into more detail in another post on all the gut healing goodies.

 

#3. BALANCE YOUR ON-THE-FRITZ NERVOUS SYSTEM

Long term stress (when you’re go go go, juggling a million and two things, inflamed, life stress, etc) depletes your immune system.

After constant exposure to stress, you’ll no longer have an uber strong immunity protecting you. This means every bacteria, virus and Frank will shoot up your nose or down your throat and have a very high chance of making you sick.

The solution? Rebalance your nervous system. This might involve more downtime, less working late, more fun in your life, better boundaries (aka. less time spent with those energy destroying people in your life). A great place to start is choosing one simple thing you enjoy and purposefully finding a time to do it each day. Doesn’t have to be much – simply standing outside in the sunshine and taking 3 deep breaths is fab.

Thyroid – Your bloods are *fine* but you don’t feel fine?

Thyroid – Your bloods are *fine* but you don’t feel fine?

The hidden blood test nuggets – Thyroid Hormones

Have you been feeling so sluggish that you’re struggling to wake in the morning and could easily nap in the day?
 
Are you struggling to focus and feel like it takes mental effort just to think of a word?

Have you noticed you’re feeling more anxious, your moods dropped, your hair might be falling out more than usual or you’re gaining weight?

Then you might have a thyroid hormone issue.

Your thyroid hormones are the master controllers of your metabolism, oomph and go. They fuel your body and help it heal & recharge.
So if your thyroid isn’t working well – you’re going to feel like a total zombie.

The problem is, thyroid hormone problems are massively overlooked.
Because for your blood test to flag your thyroid – your thyroid has to be MASSIVELY struggling.

Like falling asleep while driving struggling.

The reference ranges for your thyroid hormones detect diagnosed hypothyroidism that need thyroid hormone replacement (aka. a thyroid that is under-functioning and not making your thyroid hormones).

Your thyroid doesn’t go from super happy & well to not functioning at all – there is a middle ground where it’s beginning to struggle, not producing enough thyroid hormones – and YOU will feel the effects.

This stage, where your thyroid isn’t super happy, is detectable in your blood test results if you know the reference range to look for.

And that is what we dive into on todays poddy episode on the Frazzled to Freakin’ Free podcast.

This episode is part 4 – all about your thyroid hormones and how to detect if they’re not working well and the blood test results we want you to have to know they ARE functioning well.
And let me tell you, 85% of my clients thyroids are not happy campers and need some TLC.

So let’s figure out if you’re the same.

    Listen to the entire 'Your blood tests say you're fine' series:

    Vitamin B12 – Your bloods are *fine* but you don’t feel fine?

    Vitamin B12 – Your bloods are *fine* but you don’t feel fine?

    The hidden blood test nuggets – Vitamin B12

    Your true vitamin B12 test results.

    Ever felt tired, brain foggy, anxious, spiralling thoughts – so you go to get blood tests done to figure out what’s going on. Only to be told “You’re bloods are fine. You’re fine”

    But you sure as heck don’t feel fine.

    So what the eff is going on?

    Firstly, if you don’t feel fine, then something is going on.

    Secondly, at first glance your blood tests may not tell you why, but if we look closer and find the golden nuggets in your results, then I promise you you’ll find the answer as to why you’re feeling so meh.

    Once you know the answer – you know what you need to do to feel better.

    Strap in, as this episode is jam packed with the magical answers as I uncover the golden nuggets you need to be looking for in your blood test results to figure out why you feel meh, and also where you want your blood test results to be if you want to be at optimal health.

    Especially as vitamin B12 isn’t as simple as it appears and with majority of my clients turning up B12 deficient.

      Listen to the entire 'Your blood tests say you're fine' series:

      Iron – Your bloods are *fine* but you don’t feel fine?

      Iron – Your bloods are *fine* but you don’t feel fine?

      The hidden blood test nuggets – Iron

      Your true iron test results.

      Ever felt tired, on edge, icky, brain foggy – so you go to get blood tests done to figure out what’s going on. Only to be told “You’re bloods are fine. You’re fine”

      But you sure as heck don’t feel fine.

      So what the eff is going on?

      Firstly, if you don’t feel fine, then something is going on.

      Secondly, at first glance your blood tests may not tell you why, but if we look closer and find the golden nuggets in your results, then I promise you you’ll find the answer as to why you’re feeling so meh.

      Once you know the answer – you know what you need to do to feel better.

      Strap in, as this episode is jam packed with the magical answers as I uncover the golden nuggets you need to be looking for in your blood test results to figure out why you feel meh, and also where you want your blood test results to be if you want to be at optimal health.

        Listen to the entire 'Your blood tests say you're fine' series:

        Vitamin D – Your bloods are *fine* but you don’t feel fine?

        Vitamin D – Your bloods are *fine* but you don’t feel fine?

        The hidden blood test nuggets – Vitamin D

        The true vitamin D test results.

        Ever felt tired, on edge, icky, brain foggy – so you go to get blood tests done to figure out what’s going on. Only to be told “You’re bloods are fine. You’re fine”

        But you sure as heck don’t feel fine.

        So what the eff is going on?

        Firstly, if you don’t feel fine, then something is going on.

        Secondly, at first glance your blood tests may not tell you why, but if we look closer and find the golden nuggets in your results, then I promise you you’ll find the answer as to why you’re feeling so meh.

        Once you know the answer – you know what you need to do to feel better.

        Strap in, as this episode is jam packed with the magical answers as I uncover the golden nuggets you need to be looking for in your blood test results to figure out why you feel meh, and also where you want your blood test results to be if you want to be at optimal health.

          Listen to the entire 'Your blood tests say you're fine' series:

          How Nicola became calm, clear headed and in control and still is over 9 months later

          How Nicola became calm, clear headed and in control and still is over 9 months later

          And still is over 9 months later

          Struggling to get through your to-do list and clearly see exactly what you need to do without drowning in overwhelm?

          Nicola was.

          But not anymore!

          Nicola’s story is one I’d bet my bottom dollar you totally relate to.

          A business owner who was drowning in everything she had to do, found simple & easy tasks too hard, and riddled with health issues with her energy, gut and skin.

          But not only was her business and clients being impacted, so were her relationships and zest for life.

          But within 8 weeks, she was so much calmer, clear headed, energised and most importantly, feeling happy and connected to the people who mattered most to her.

          More importantly, she still feels this way, 7 months AFTER our 1:1 Frazzled to Free healing journey ended.

          She’s getting through more to-do’s, being more productive, doing things daily that are nourishing to her soul AND has time left over at the end of the day to do whatever her heart desires. #worklifegoals

          Let’s jump in.

          P.S. If you’re after results just like Nicola, then Frazzled to Free has swapped it’s name to the 1:1 Healing Journey (since your health involves so much more than just frazzle!). You can see if it’s the right fit for you with a free 45 min chinwag with me: click here to book.

            P.S. If you’re ready to get your healing journey started, then click here to book in a free 45 minute Health + Happiness Blueprint call and let’s figure out exactly what your root causes are and what you need to do to feel like your healthy, happy + magical self again!