The 7 Pillars of Wellness is my framework for moving you into full wellness and wellbeing.
There are seven pillars of wellness and these pillars are crucial for you to have a healthy immune system. They need to be reviewed in order to remove your toxic load, rebuild your health and move you into restored health and wellness. We call this the Rejuv Triple R Principle.
THE REJUV TRIPLE R PRINCIPLE
- REMOVE the physical, emotional & environmental toxins that are making you unwell.
- REBUILD at a cellular level so all of your organs, muscles, bones and 11 body systems function in harmony allowing you to move into wellness and reach your goals.
- RESTORE the foundations of your health so you move into optimum wellness long term.
OUR MAIN LINE OF DEFENCE AGAINST VIRUSES & PATHOGENS
Our immune systems are our main line of defence against harmful pathogens in the environment around us. This includes viruses such as COVID-19. Infectious diseases are caused by pathogens, which include bacteria, fungi, protozoa, worms and viruses. Our immune systems play a powerful role in regulating the inflammatory responses that help our body to heal damaged tissues and fight disease. Like all of the 11 systems of the body, the immune system works at optimum when in balance.
During the winter months, I always suggest the following Rejuv protocol to my clients and with this new pandemic on our hands regardless of what season it is where you live it is wise to implement these strategies.
Sleep – The 1st Pillar of Wellness
Poor quality or limited amount sleep on a regular basis is linked to poor immune function. If you have a short season over a few weeks of reduced sleep due to work and life demands then that will not be a problem if you have a healthy immune system. Poor quality and a limited amount of sleep over months and years, however, is something you need to address proactively to support this wellness pillar. [ READ MORE ]
Movement – The 2nd Pillar of Wellness
Regular movement and exercise are not only great for your heart but your immune system too. Balance is the key for too little and too much exercise, due to free radical damage, can reduce your immune system.
Exercise support of your immune system refers to both the systemic (whole-body cellular response) and mucosal (mucous lining of the respiratory tract) response to an infectious agent, which follows a bell curve, with optimum being in the middle. [ READ MORE ]
Environment – The 3rd Pillar of Wellness
This pillar is more important than ever with the current pandemic of COVID-19. The air we breathe, the water we drink, our personal hygiene, the quality of our food, wifi & EMK exposure chemicals we may be putting on our skin due to non-organic skincare, all such toxins have a huge impact on our immune systems. [ READ MORE ]
Nutrition – The 4th Pillar of Wellness
Now more than ever in our current environment it is key to use food as medicine to support all of our 11 Body Systems including our immune system. Our bodies need whole-food nutrition now more than ever, clean water, married in with herbs, spices & herbal teas.
Mindfulness – The 5th Pillar of Wellness
Fear and stress tend to shut the immune system down and the body goes into fight or flight thinking that real physical danger is right in front of you. This is why the 5th of the Seven Pillars of Wellness is Mindfulness.
This primal reaction is wonderful if you do indeed have a tiger in front of you but not great if it’s emotional stress like most are experiencing at the moment.
From our extensive research, we have discovered that there are seven pillars that need to be in balance if we are to truly live with joy, peace & contentment.
These pillars are
- Personal Power
I’ll unpack all of these in another blog post in the future.
Body Balance – The 6th of the Seven Pillars of Wellness
Our skeletal and muscular systems are pivotal to our health. Like the scaffolding of a house, they need to be built on rock and not sand to weather to storms of life. Your posture and skeletal systems also have to be in order to allow enough space for your organs to work effectively, thus supporting your overall health and immune system.
Supplementation – The 7th Pillar of Wellness
Overfarming has decreased the nutritional value of the food we eat. Historically farms and farmlands would have more space and the soil would be given a rest every six or seven years, crops would alternate and the soil would have time to rest and increase the nutritional value it could add to the particular crop. Supplementation gives you the nutritional support you might be missing.
Rejuv Nutrition was also our response to an increasingly synthetic supplement industry as all our supplements are wholefoods based, including The Super Elixir. I’ve written a separate blog post that lists whole-foods supplements you need to support your immune system and how you can buy and balance them yourself or buy them in supplements ready to go.
How would you rate your health on each one of the pillars today? Is it better or worse than 6 months ago?
- An over-active immune system could cause a flare-up of imbalances such as Hashimoto’s, Rheumatoid arthritis, Type 1 diabetes, Lupus, sinusitis, allergies, food sensitivities and Inflammatory bowel disease.
- An under-active immune system may cause certain diseases to manifest such as cancer, shingles, hepatitis, tuberculosis & HIV and/or the body can come under attack from a virus, like COVID-19, and find it very hard to recover.
- This published paper by Parkin & Cohen in Lancet in 2001, conveys an overview of the immune system and how a suppressed immune system can lead to the above-mentioned diseases and imbalances.