Build a team, boost your immunity

Marilynn Preston

I’ve said it before and, unfortunately, I feel the need to keep on saying it: Homeland security begins at home, your home, and the things you do starting NOW to boost your immunity and lower your risk of whatever you are currently afraid of. Anthrax? Bombs? Endless anxiety?

That’s what a healthy lifestyle really comes down to: giving yourself strength and poise in an imperfect and sometimes terrifying world.

Is your team in place? Part of your preparation for homeland security should be the thoughtful gathering up a team of healers and health-care professionals to whom you can turn both in a time of crisis … and before.

Anthrax in your mail is unlikely, but it’s very likely that you are suffering from the stress of current events. And high stress is associated with all sorts of health problems, from nagging colds to cancer.

Your doctor may be a good person to talk to if you suddenly need antibiotics, but what about prevention? Who have you included in your health team to keep your body strong, your mind calm and your immune system readier than ever to resist infection?

This is a personal question you need to answer in a personal way. Would a massage feel good right now to ease the tension in your lower back? Do you feel the need to talk to a nutritionist (or start cooking lessons) about eating healthier? Who on your team is teaching you to breathe in a way that calms your fears and opens your heart? Finding these people will take time and energy and good luck, but it is worth the effort.

Meet Sharon Sharrett. She is an RN, a clinical herbalist and an Ayurvedic educator with more than 30 years experience helping people (especially women) discover ways to develop a strong, healthy immune system. Sharon is someone I turn to from time to time for help on matters of health and wellness personally and professionally and she’s a good example of the category of person you might recruit for your own hometown team.

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