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October 17, 2020 5 min read

Everyone gets sick from time to time. It's a natural way for your body to demand some restoration and protection when the going gets tough. However, if you feel like you’re always stocking up on painkillers, cold & flu medicine, carrying emergency tissues with you at all times, or regularly feeling a little foggy and fragile, your immune system could be suffering more than you are aware of. 

A lack of ‘self-care’ can often be the cause for these run-down feelings. If you’re always bustling from A to B, grabbing snacks on the go, staying up late to finish work proposals or getting stressed about the number of social events you’ve packed into the weekend - chances are the lack of quality sleep, poor diet and stress will eventually catch up with you. Even if you feel like you’re trying your best. 

Other reasons: Why do I keep getting sick every month?

But what if you do everything right? You get your greens into every meal, your exercise regime is bullet proof, and you create space for a daily meditation. Yet, you still find yourself coming down with a head cold, runny nose or sore throat every month or two? Well, truth is, you might have a slightly more fragile immune system than others. Your underlying immunity health can even be related to your genetic makeup. If you’ve previously suffered from other health-related issues, chronic stress or substance abuse, you could also have a more delicate and easily ruptured immune system than your peers.


What can I do to help my immune system?

Luckily, if youdo happen to keep muttering the words, ‘why do I keep getting sick every month’, we live in a world full of opportunities to strengthen our immune systems. Here are some great places to start:


Nutrient-Rich Diet

The vitamins, minerals and nutrients found in food is much more effective than taking supplements - Harvard Medical School. Particularly, vitamin C, zinc, iron and omega-3 fatty acids are essential. Fish like salmon and tuna, seeds such as flaxseeds and chia seeds, and nuts such as walnuts - are all packed with omega-3 fatty acids. Which increases the production of special immune cells called ‘lymphocytes’ - the most powerful defence cells when it comes to fighting off bacteria.


Extra Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a great aid for a strong, functioning immune system, as well as healthy bones, teeth and muscles. Luckily for most people, 10-15 minutes of sunlight per day is all you should need, and for most of the year from March until October, this is easy enough to accomplish. The body creates its own source of Vitamin D when you’re outside in direct sunlight. However, in the depths of winter, when outdoor life is scarce, you can find Vitamin D in fatty fish, egg yolks, soy milk and mushrooms.


Stay Hydrated

Our body depends on water to function at its optimum state. It might seem obvious, however signs of mild dehydration can be difficult to spot. General aches and pains, headaches, lethargicness and constipation are areas we tend to not take much notice of. Drink your water.


Sweet REM

Be sure you are getting between 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Our body creates proteins which fight inflammation and disease when we sleep. If you’re always a little sleep-deprived, your body isn’t producing enough of these proteins, which you’ll need as soon as your immune system starts to weaken.


Clean Hands and Good Dental Hygiene

We’ve gotten used to the regular washing of hands these days. The trick is to wash for at least 30 seconds, every time before you eat especially. Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body, and a meeting place for all kinds of good and bad bacteria. Daily brushing, flossing, and use of an antibacterial mouthwash can help keep oral systems in check.


Meditation, Yoga Practise, Exercise Regime

Whatever helps you tackle stress. For some it’s a meditation morning ritual, writing in a journal, repeating positive affirmations or stretching away the tension held in muscle tissues. For others it might be kickboxing at 6am before work or dancing around the kitchen to your favourite playlist. Spend time in nature. Stay emotionally connected to those around you, and make regular phone calls to loved ones. Yes, these things are directly linked to your immune system health.


How can Chaga mushrooms help?

So, we’ve established ways in which you can naturally boost your immune system health. A nutrient-rich diet being the best place to start - with special attention to your intake of Vitamin C, D, iron and omega-3 fatty acids. So what are chaga mushrooms, and how can they combat the, ‘why do I keep getting sick every month’ feeling?

Chaga mushrooms are a type of ‘superfood’ nutrient-dense mushroom which grows on birch trees in Asia, Canada, Northern Europe, Russia and some North Eastern parts of the United States. Their medicinal, health boosting properties have been known about and used for hundreds of years, particularly in Siberia, Russia and Asia. Health enthusiasts are not in the dark on the value of this powdery fungi plant medicine, though for most people in the Western world, it’s a relatively contemporary discovery.

Chaga mushrooms are bountiful in:

  • Vitamin D 
  • Fibre 
  • Amino acids
  • B-Complex vitamins 
  • Potassium 
  • Zinc
  • Iron
  • Copper 
  • Magnesium 
  • Calcium 
  • Selenium

With this number of antioxidants packed in, chaga mushrooms are a powerhouse for fighting inflammation, lowering blood sugar (therefore blood pressure) - as well as proving itself a remedy for alleviating arthritis. Chagahas even been used to treat more serious health issues, such as chronic inflammation, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Chaga also contains extremely high levels of melanin, which are believed to actually mimic the melanin which is naturally produced in skin. Chaga therefore has anti-aging properties, able to repair damaged cells which can cause visible signs of ageing - as well as protect from sun damage.


What is Chaga mushroom powder?

The chaga mushroom is dark in colour on the exterior and vivid orange internally. It has a tough, charcoal-like, dry texture and soft core, which can easily be dehydrated and finely buffered into powder. From this powdered form, it is most commonly used to make tea, coffee, elixirs, tinctures and capsules to be consumed as a supplement. Chaga mushrooms have been used for centuries to support overall health functioning. The bioactive compounds found within charga include elements known as ‘polysaccharides’, which also supports the body’s ability to manage and adapt to stress.


How much chaga should I take?

If you’re curious about what chaga can do for you, start with 1-2 spoonfuls of the Rritual Powder Chaga Mix, and add into your tea, coffee, smoothie or even soup. Begin by using the mix daily, or on alternative days. Chaga is most effective when used consistently, so trial it for a couple of weeks to initiate the process, and see if you notice a difference in your overall sense of wellbeing. You can also try using one Rritual Elixir Stick per day, as a powder alternative. 

If you have other blood pressure related health issues, or are taking certain medications, such as blood-thinners - always check in with your doctor first, before consuming a chaga product.

If you find your immune system isstillstruggling to keep up, you are always trying and failing to recover from your last infection, and you’re stillthinking, ‘why do I keep getting sick every month’ - you could be suffering from a more serious immunity related disease. Check in with your doctor, who will be able to prescribe you a medication and plan to help you.

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