AUTUMN BLISS AND A HAPPY IMMUNITY
”Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. ”
Autumn is a time of transition for nature and its inhabitants. It is a time of the year when humans from different cultures have traditionally cleansed their body. In the fall, according to Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines, the colon and the lungs work together. Through the colon, one lets go of the old, and then, the lungs enable us to welcome the pure and the new! The Lung is described as “the receiver of the pure Chi from the Heavens”, the energy or vital force necessary for good immunity!
That is why throughout the year, but especially in the fall, undertaking a good cleansing program begins by slowing down and removing the toxins in your body and particularly in your colon, the last portion of your digestive system. Did you know that about 90% of the body’s supply of serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for happiness, is synthesized in the gastrointestinal tract? So by cleaning the waste and old fecal matter out of your gastrointestinal tract, not only will you be happier as you will be able to synthesize serotonin more efficiently, but you will be healthier. Once the bowel is clean and replenished with microorganisms, it has the right circumstances to heal itself and you will be able to absorb nutrients again, as well as experiencing more energy, an increased sense of vitality and well-being. Taking advantage of the fall as a time to cleanse your body and embrace a healthy lifestyle will re-boot your health for the winter months to come.
2,500 hundred years ago, Hippocrates said: ‘’All diseases start in the gut’’. Today numerous scientists in microbiology, gastroenterology, and psychoneuroimmunology (the study of mind-body interactions), reaffirm that the gut’s microbial activities are strongly linked to the whole body – physically, mentally and emotionally. The immune system, the brain and the gut are tightly intertwined. What is being discovered about the inner space of our body is that there are trillions of bacteria in our gut and that those cells can be regarded as a whole organ unto itself. Called the Human Microbiome*, it is in constant communication with various organs and organ systems, including the central nervous system. In fact, the abdominal brain, our second brain, receives and generates information through a complex web of some 100 million neurons embedded in the walls of the digestive tract.( To read more, refer to my blog on the Spirit of Goodness at drdeniserochon.com/the-spirit-of-goodness/ ). Our Human Microbiome, fulfills a vast numbers of essential functions for our survival. Essentially, it protects our immunity and helps to absorb vital nutrients.
In the same way that our immune functions depend heavily on the diverse microbial flora linked to a sustaining natural environment, scientific studies of Dr Suzanne Simard and others ( see The Inspiration Of The Month below), demonstrates that the microorganisms in the soil operate similar functions for the plants and trees linked together through a web of micorrhyzae** comparable to our amazing immune and nervous systems. These micorrhyzae are intertwined with the root systems of trees and plants, while the soil microorganisms are alerting, protecting and providing nutrients to them for miles around. Nature depends on this amazing network for its survival, and so do we, for the quality of our health, the food we eat, the quality of our water and of our microbial gut flora.
Moreover, stunning new scientific discoveries show that all the cells of our body are affected by our thoughts. The new science of epigenetics (around or outside the genes), is revolutionizing our understanding of the link between mind and matter, and the profound effects it has on our personal lives and the collective life of our species.
We now understand that our genetic inheritance is only one part of our pathway to the manifestation of our growth and development. It is now clear that environmental factors ( the epigenetic effects) directly and profoundly affect the outcome of our genetic background. When we are willing to let go of ways that no longer serve us…old perceptions, beliefs, thoughts, ways to treat the earth and its inhabitants and ways to feed our body, we are no longer the victims of our genes and our body can regenerate given the right circumstances. This is a time for exciting opportunities and healing in our life, learning to trust our body, trust our gut feelings, and remember WHO YOU ARE.
” Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.”
*Microbiome: the totality of microorganisms and their collective genetic material present in or on the human body.
**Mycorrhizae: The result of symbiotic relationships that form between fungi and plants. The fungi colonize the root system of a host plant, providing increased water and nutrient absorption capabilities while the plant provides the fungus with carbohydrates formed from photosynthesis.
HEALTH TIPS OF THE MONTH
Seven Keys For A Happy Immunity
” Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live”.
Autumn in Ayurveda medicine is governed by the element air, marked by change, instability and anxiety. By avoiding manufactured foods and aggravating stimuli we can move through this time of transition and back to our busy lives in more grounded, centered and sustaining ways. Complete digestion ( of thoughts and food), creates radiant good health which supports stable emotions, and immunity.
1. See the fall as an opportunity to slow down and experience the joy of being alive!
Get the full rejuvenation benefits of Autumn by consciously slowing down as nature intended. Let your body rejuvenate itself and refill your battery for the energy levels to increase for the winter to come! When resisting the natural urge to slow down at this time of the year, it depletes you mentally and physically, feeding more demands and stresses to the adrenal and nervous systems. Therefore, get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Get to bed early as the best hours to recharge your adrenals are the hours before midnight. Create a ritual around that time to be something that you are really looking forward to, a special time for yourself, something that you won’t want to compromise. The body replenishes itself when it’s at rest. Chronic stress, anxiety and depression can weaken the immune system and make you more vulnerable to illness. Therefore learn mindfulness to deal with stress, coming back to the present moment, one step at the time. Rest when you are tired, feeling grateful for the experience. And especially, seek the little moments of joy through the day and take pleasure in them. They are food for your soul!
2. Do a gentle bowel cleanse.
As mentioned earlier, by cleaning the waste and old fecal matter out of your gastrointestinal tract, not only will it improve your digestion but you will be energized, healthier and happier as it balances your mind and emotions. I recommend doing it for at least three weeks to reset your digestive and immune systems.
While doing this gentle cleanse, it is important to have a clean wholesome diet. See key number 3 below. Remember to drink lots of warm water during the cleanse as it stimulates peristalsis, the wavelike movements of the bowels, and cold water does not. Since your body naturally detoxifies at night, drink two full glasses of warm water in the morning upon waking to flush out the toxins. Be sure to increase the bowel functions to two or three bowel movements by taking 2 tbsp. of freshly ground flax seeds every morning, and in the evening 1 tbsp. of psyllium husks in water, followed by one large glass of water. Avoid drinking coffee or black tea at this time as it accelerates the transit through the bowels and triggers the loss of important nutrients.
This cleanse is simple: As you want to get ride of mucoid plaque, avoid mucous forming foods such as most dairy products ( exception of yogurt and kefir), all glutens (wheat, rye, kamut, barley, spelt…be careful as some commercial products such as cheeses, salad dressings, soups and sauces have gluten added as a thickening agent) sugars, alcohols, and man-made commercial foods. Use sea salt sparingly. Avoid fried food but seek good fats such as coconut and olive oil, avocados, fresh fish, seeds and nuts.
3. Eat a balanced diet preferably with local and organic foods.
Focus on eating whole foods, such as quality happy ( grass fed) animal protein (if you’re an omnivore), plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables of all colours, as well as legumes. Soak your grains, nuts and seeds. Use wild food and super foods such as bee pollen, reishi and all kind of mushrooms, micro algae and raw cacao which can give you extra boost. These days, we need to detoxify and protect as we go, so have some naturally fermented food every day such as miso, naturally fermented kim chi , sauerkraut, yogurt and kefir
4. Drink plenty of clean non-chlorinated or non-fluoridated water.
Stay away from plastic bottles and if you have to buy some read the label to make sure that there is no fluoride in it. Water helps in the production of the lymph, which carries white blood cells and other immune system cells. It has many roles, all of which are essential for life.
5. Exercise and get into the light!
Exercising is not only a great way to get in shape and to get strong, but it activates the lymph flow as well as provides endorphins to support the nervous system. It tones up the digestive, circulatory, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems. Walk daily while practicing deep breathing. If working at a desk, get up regularly to stretch and move. We are just starting to rediscover the benefits of the sun rays and the role they play in our entire system as well as in our food absorption. So, exercise outdoor as much as possible, a minimum of 3-4 times a week for about 30 minutes. When not sunny, trust that the sun rays will reach you through the clouds!
6. Use herbs and spices. Cook with onions, garlic, ginger, black peppercorn, cayenne pepper, cumin, allspice, curry, and turmeric. They are medicine and contain components that help to boost your digestive and immune systems by facilitating digestion and making the nutrients easily available to your body.
7. Avoid as much as possible…antibiotics, chlorine, fluoride, bromine, NSAID drugs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Ibuprofen or Advil, that are used to control pain and inflammation drugs), GMOs, gluten, sugar. Learn how to deal with stress.
Stress and those chemicals mentioned, attack beneficial bacteria in the digestive system and therefore may suppress your immune functions. Unless you really have to take antibiotics, see if you can find a natural alternative first. Homeopathy is safe and amazing in prevention and cure of acute illnesses, flus and severe colds leading to bronchitis and pneumonia. Consult when you need help. If you have a cold, sip on a cup of hot water with lemon, ginger, and raw honey. Drink a lot of chicken bone broth or alkaline vegetable broth. Get plenty of vitamin C and drink a lot of water. If you have to take antibiotics or any other medication, make sure to take quality probiotics for many weeks, and eat lots of fermented food for months to come as it may take up to 18 months to build your bacterial flora again.
”Health can be practiced as an art, to be in harmony with the law of nature, with the self, others and the surrounding world.”
ORIGINAL YOGI TEA RECIPE
Yogi Tea is health promoting, delicious and soothing and a great coffee substitute. Apparently, the benefits of Yogi Tea would fill pages. In the science of yogic foods the spices used are said to have the following properties. • Black pepper: blood purifier, increase hydrochloric acid secretion • Cardamom pods: supports digestive, cardiovascular and immune systems. • Cloves: beneficial to the nervous and immune system. • Cinnamon: strengthens the bones, helps to regulate blood sugar and cholesterol. • Ginger root: healing for colds and flu, increases energy, supports digestion!
Serves: 16 cups.
When Yogi Bhajan (who brought Kundalini yoga in America in the 1960`s )was a military commander in India there was an epidemic among the troops. He ordered all of his men to fill their canteens with yogi tea and drink nothing else, not even water. His Battalion was the only unit that didn’t get sick!
INSPIRATION OF THE MONTH
To continue to be inspired about the power of a Happy Immunity for the self, others and the surrounding world, listen to scientist Suzanne Simard who talks about how forest networks are organized the same way as our own human neural and social networks.
And again…I want to thank each and every one of you for reading this newsletter, for your interest and support. This information is quite vital and I found myself wanting to share as much as possible, so that we can enable each other to make informed choices for ourselves, our families and loved ones.
In Gratitude, Love, Health and Happiness,
“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”