How do I support and strengthen my immune system?
Natural ways to boost immunity include drinking water, exercise, getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods– especially fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C. Getting outside for fresh air helps clear the head and destress– both of which give the immune system a helping hand!
You may be surprised that the first step to strengthen your immune system is not taking more vitamin C. Nor is it cleaning with high-powered cleaners. It’s not even drinking plenty of water or eating more whole foods.
This post will cover the first step in the series– be sure to sign up below so you don’t miss the rest!
First step–do NOT fear!
That may sound impossible (especially if you are scrolling through social media or watching every update on the news), but it is possible and it is truly the first step.
Fear will lower your immunity, which means no matter how well you are eating, drinking plenty of water, taking your vitamins and exercising, if you are giving in to fear, you will sabotage your efforts to protect health.
My husband once read an article that shared about people who died of a snake bite–even though the amount of venom was not lethal. How could that be?! The article went on to say that the fear itself lowered their immune system to where the smaller amount of venom did become fatal for them!
But it is also a sober reminder that we do need to first take every thought captive, so-to-speak. You’ve heard the expression “You can’t stop the birds from flying over your head– but you can stop them from making a nest in it”? This is a perfect example. We DO need to be informed and take precautions. We do NOT need to read about every illness out there or all the negativity (and there’s a LOT!). Yes, we need to be wise and take things seriously, but the fear of getting sick or fear of a situation could be worse than the situation itself!
My faith has been a rock for me during many frightening times in my life (husband in a serious accident when I was 8 1/2 months pregnant with our oldest son, for one). I would like to share a few Scriptures that have been helpful for me to focus and get my thoughts aligned with peace and hope instead of fear.
Don’t worry or surrender to your fear. For you’ve believed in God, now trust and believe in Me also. ~John 14:1 TPT
Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.] ~John 14:27 AMP
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. ~2 Timothy 1:7 AMP
Do not be afraid and anxious, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. ~Luke 12:32 AMP
Yes, feast on all the treasures of the heavenly realm and fill your thoughts with heavenly realities, and not with the distractions of the natural realm. ~Colossians 3:2 TPT
These are a few of the Scriptures that have helped me refocus my mind vs letting it go crazy following everything out there!
And if I could make this “subpoint A”–take some time away from social media and the news. Work on some of those unfinished projects you wished you had time for, or read that book you’ve been meaning to get to. Play a board game with those you love. You can’t change anything by worrying, so why not use the time instead to connect with those in your household or make time for yourself, rather than get consumed in all.the.things?
Incorporating “breath prayers” is another way to combine calming “do not fear” Scriptures with focused breathing– calming the mind, body and soul!
How do you do that? Try this:
- Inhale slowly through the nose, for a count of 4 if you can, while thinking “Be still and know”
- Hold for 2 counts, 4 if you can, and think “that”
- Exhale slowly through the mouth for 8 counts as you slowly say “I am God” (from Psalm 46:10)
Practice the focused breathing first, and if you can’t inhale a full 4 counts, go for 3. Hold for 1-2 counts, then exhale twice as many counts as you were able to inhale. Your stamina will improve!
Other Scriptures I use for “breath prayers”:
- “Because I am in Christ, I am a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- “The Lord is my Shepherd, I always have more than enough” (Psalm 23:1)
- “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life” (Psalm 23:6)
- “I will teach you in the way you should go” (Psalm 32:8)
- “I am more than a conqueror through Him who loves me” (Romans 8:37)
Take your favorite Scirpture or Scripture based declaration, combine it with focused breathing to help calm your mind and body for a free immune boost!
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