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Supporting your body’s ability to heal itself


If I were to ask you to imagine a piece of music which represents the feeling of worry, how would it sound?

What about a piece of music which represents a sense of peace and happiness? How would that sound?

I bet you imagined two very different melodies. That’s exactly what happens in our bodies on a cellular level when we have thoughts of worry or of peace and happiness.

When we are in a state of peace and happiness, our body can work in harmony, our breathing slows down and healing can begin.

That doesn’t mean we always have to feel happy or positive. Even if it were possible, it would take excessive effort and create a lot of unnecessary thinking.

It’s helpful to understand that in each moment, feelings we experience come from thought. If we know we don’t have to act on thought, we spend more time in a peaceful and harmonious state.

How can we support our body’s innate healing process on a physical level?

Damaging for our health:

  • Processed foods containing additives

  • Sugar in any form

  • Chemicals we put on our skin

  • Air pollution

  • Electromagnetic smog

Supportive for our health:

  • Balanced, nutrient rich diet

  • Reduced sugar intake

  • Drinking clean filtered water

  • Exercise

  • Enough sleep (up to 8 hours)

  • Healthy mindset

When we feel peaceful, we don’t listen as much to unnecessary thinking. We are present and feel part of nature, rather than removed from it.

Nature supplies us with everything we need.


Seasonal foods

In spring we can find amazing plants for detoxification such as:

  • Nettle

  • Dandelion

  • Milk thistle

Summer supplies us with fresh fruit and vegetables we can eat raw and make into beautiful salads.

Autumn is a transition time where we get the harvest of the summer. We have plenty of goodness from all the different varieties of fruit and vegetables which grew over the summer.

Winter supplies us with different types of root vegetables including:

  • Onions

  • Sweet potato

  • Turnips

  • Carrots

  • Celeriac

That’s not to mention all the different varieties of pumpkins and cabbages.

All these foods are great cooked in stews or curries. Cooked food doesn’t need as much energy to digest and is able to store energy to keep us warm when it is cold outside.

The food in different seasons supplies us with different minerals and vitamins to help our immune system keep us healthy.

Here are a few tips on how to support your immune system

Vitamin C is an important antioxidant to support the immune response.

Found in:

  • Grapefruit

  • Berries

  • Spinach

  • Kale

  • Broccoli

Vitamin B6 is vital in supporting biochemical reactions in our immune system.

Found in:

  • Green vegetables

  • Chickpeas

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which helps the body to fight infections.

Found in:

  • Nuts/Seeds

  • Spinach

  • Avocado

  • Asparagus

Vitamin A is important for our vision, immune response, reproduction and it also supports heart, lung and kidney function.

Found as carotenoids in all colourful vegetables:


  • Red pepper

  • Carrots

  • Squash

  • Sweet potato

  • Spinach

  • Chard

The immune system and the gut

The most important part of our immune response happens in our gut. It is packed with billions of microorganisms which help us to fight off invaders.

That’s why it is so important to protect this environment through feeding and supporting your gut bacteria with pre and probiotics.

Prebiotics = Special form of dietary fibre which acts as a fertiliser for your gut

bacteria.

Found in:


  • Raw cabbage

  • Artichokes

  • Jerusalem artichokes

  • Garlic

  • Onion

  • Leeks

  • Asparagus

  • Kidney beans

  • Chick peas

  • Flaxseeds

Probiotics = These are live bacteria.

Found in fermented foods:

  • Kefir

  • Sauerkraut

  • Tempeh

  • Miso

  • Kombucha

  • Pickles

The land provides us with everything we need to keep us healthy.

In combination with a healthy mind, being understanding and less judgmental, we are more loving and kinder to ourselves and others. This builds a better environment in our bodies and in the wider world.

What is your favourite way to stay healthy in both body and mind? Let me know in the comments.

P.Royal

paola@paolaroyal.co.uk

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