Australian Naturopath and University Lecturer, Sally Mathrick, shares her insights on how we can build immune resilience to live well in these times – plus shares her free Immune Resilience Recipe Book featuring 25 recipes to help nourish immune function, reduce the tendency towards excessive inflammation, support regenerative food systems and inspire your kitchen repertoire.
The latest public health announcement in Australia is that the virus is here to stay, and we have to learn to deal with it. With this in mind, we asked Sally Mathrick to share her insights.
“To live well, we need to broaden our approach,” confirms Mathrick. ‘We need to expand our thinking from just stopping the virus, to improving health and building immune resilience.’
She says that fortunately there are plenty of effective supports available to us if we broaden our lens and take a holistic and system-thinking approach.
‘What’s more, many of the approaches positively impact other challenges we are facing.’
Sally explains that human immunity is a sophisticated, integrative, and evolving intelligence. It matures in response to many influences, including nutrition, exposure to microbes, immunizations, toxins, and stress.
‘The immune system interfaces with all of the other systems of the body: the gut, bone marrow, spleen, thymus, brain and its cells and mediators flow through cell membranes, connective tissues, lymph, blood and all fluids of the body. It’s all-pervasive.
‘This means there are many touchpoints where we can support and nourish healthy immune function,’ she adds. It can be supported to ensure competency.’
We have control over the following:
- wise selection of what to eat
- regular activity and exercise
- community engagement and contribution
- connection to place: land, nature, environment
- effective stress management and relaxation practices
- respect for each other: really listening and really being heard
- positive psychology practices
- personal responsibility and engagement for your own healing processes during this time of great change
‘What a remarkable opportunity we have when we look through a broader lens,’ concludes Sally.
Interested to find out more? Learn about three ways to build your immune competency from Sally’s blog series Immune Competency in the 2020s that also includes a link to a FREE Building Immune Resilience Recipe Book!
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Stay strong and stay healthy!