With the seasons changing, you might feel your immune system starting to work overtime. Studies have shown that a simple massage can do more for your body than just a little relaxation! Massage therapy is a great way to boost your body’s immune system naturally. It’s very common to have a weaker immune system during stressful times when your body is run out. Massage therapy boosts your body’s immune system by increasing the activity of white blood cells. These white blood cells target and protect your body from infections. Along with this, massage therapy also boosts your body’s antibody production and reduces the production of the cytokines which cause pain and swelling.
Massage therapy is also known to increase your immune system’s cytotoxic capacity, which is the activity level of the body’s natural killer cells, a type of white blood cell. Also, it can improve the body’s overall function of the immune system by decreasing the number of T-cells.
Beat this year’s cold and flu season and start getting regular massages. By boosting your immune system you’ll protect yourself from all of the germs that spread throughout the year. For more information on how massage therapy can boost your immune system, please visit: http://www.massageenvy.com/benefits-of-massage-therapy/strengthens-the-immune-system.aspx
January is National Soup Month and there is no better way to celebrate then indulging in a warm, hearty bowl of soup. Soup can be a meal or a snack. It can fill you up when you’re watching your waistline or help you defrost on a chilly day.
If that’s not enough to persuade you to cook up a pot of homemade comfort tonight, consider this: Soup also saves time and money. A large batch can feed your family for several days and costs only a few dollars. Here are some healthy ingredients you may want to throw into your next pot.
Beans – Rich in dietary fiber, which has been shown to have a number of benefits including decreased risk of coronary artery disease
Spinach – Provides folate, a water-soluble B vitamin that occurs naturally in food and needed to make normal red blood cells and prevent anemia
Sweet Potato – Packed with potassium to help maintain healthy blood pressure and strong bones
Kale – Filled with Vitamin A to keep eyes and skin healthy and help to protect against infections
Broccoli – A natural source of Vitamin C to help build your immune system and fight off cardiovascular disease
Don’t forget to add your favorite seasoning, broth and protein. Now, what are you waiting for? Prepare a pot tonight. Your soul will thank you.
Aromatherapy doesn’t just smell good, it can also benefit you in many ways. Some common aromatherapy benefits include:
- Relaxation and stress relief
- Mood enhancement, balance and well being
- Boosting the immune, respiratory and circulatory systems
- Relief of minor discomforts
Aromatherapy is a great, natural compliment or alternative to other health treatment options such as certain prescribed medications. However, aromatherapy doesn’t “cure” major illnesses but it is effective at alleviating many of the discomforts associated with them. Essential oilsare the heart of aromatherapy. They have been used to:
- Heal wounds
- Improve skin tone
- Regulate hormones
- Relieve menstrual cramps
- Decrease congestion
- Relieve tension headaches
- Relax muscles
- Improve sleep
- Kill fungal & bacterial infections