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 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 from the stress of day-to-day life.*
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 out 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.
But what if you do everything right? You get your greens into every meal, your exercise regime is regular, 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 couple months? When our bodies are trying to manage our day-to-day lives, busy schedules, work, relationships, they can naturally get a little run down from time to time. Superfoods and herbal adaptogens are a great way to offer your body a little extra support when it needs it.*
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 and actions to support the function of our immune systems.* Here are some great places to start:
The vitamins, minerals and nutrients found in food arecrucial to an overall healthy diet.* 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. These ingredients are great for providing support in the defense functions of healthy immune systems against powerful bacteria.*
Vitamin D is a great aid for a strong, functioning immune system, as well as healthy bones, teeth and muscles.* Sunlight is one of the most important natural sources of vitamin D.* The body uses the vitamin to absorb the calcium it needs for body function and maintaining overall bone health.* Short bursts of sunlight, for most people, that is 10-15 minutes per day , can provide the sunlight needed.* In North America, this can be possible for most from March until October.* 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.*
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. Remember to always carry water with you when you leave the house.
Be sure you are getting between 7-8 hours of sleep per night. And don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. With proper rest vital bodily functions, that are commonly disrupted by stress or an overactive mind, can contribute to occasional feelings of fatigue, anxiousness and tension.*
We’ve got used to the regular washing of hands these days. The trick is to wash for at least 30 seconds, every time before you eat.* 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 support overall oral health and function.*
Meditation, Yoga Practise, Exercise Regime
It’s important to find activities which help us to manage our stress. For some it’s a meditation morning ritual, writing in a journal, repeating positive affirmations or stretching away the tensions held in muscle tissues. For others it might be kickboxing at 6am before work or dancing around the kitchen to your favourite playlist, spending time in nature or staying emotionally connected to loved ones with regular communications. Yes, these things can be directly linked to your immune system health.
So, we’ve established ways in which you can support immune system health through nutrient-rich diets, movement, meditation and exercise as well as hygiene, hydration and sleep. So what are chaga mushrooms, and how can they help maintain overall health while you avoid that ‘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. Chaga has been traditionally consumed for centuries as a food for maintaining overall vitality and health,* 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:
Often combined with adaptogen herbs, Chaga mushroom has long been revered in Eastern cultures for its ability to maintain and optimize immune health and stress response.*
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 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 traditionally used for centuries to support overall health function.* The bioactive compounds found within chaga include elements known as ‘polysaccharides’, which also support the body’s ability to manage and adapt to stress.*
If you’re curious about what chaga can do for you or how much you should take, start with 1-2 spoonfuls of theRritual Powder Chaga Mix, as a soothing and nourishing hot beverage, anytime of the day, mixed in either water, coffee or your favorite non-dairy milk. Soothe the soul, calm the mind and steady the spirit as you mindfully prepare and consume your daily Rritual.* We also suggest trying a Chaga ImmuneRritual Elixir Stick, a conveniently packaged amount of powder that can be integrated into current or new daily health rituals to support optimal well-being.*
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, to diagnose and create a health plan to help you.
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