Since the Covid-19 pandemic we have all become more concerned with how to protect our health and boost our immunity. A strong immune system is our first protection against illness and disease causing viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. When the immune system is not working properly, we get ill. So, keeping this complex system working well is essential to fighting off illness and speeding up recovery and healing time. While there are natural ways to boost your immune system, one effective way is with intermittent hypoxic breathwork training.
It is first important to note that Inflammation is one of the main contributing factor that weakens immune function. With intermittent hypoxic breathwork, similar to the Joy of Breathing Method, we can reduce inflammation and strengthen our body’s immune response.
Scientific research has shown that practitioners of the Wim Hof Method have a stronger immune response to stave off illness causing pathogens. This method includes breathing (intemittent hypoxia), cold exposure and mindset.
Further, another study out of Yale School of Medicine showed that the epinephrine surge (adrenaline rush) caused by intermittent hypoxic breathing activates the innate immune system to increase its anti-inflammatory activity and reduce pro-inflammatory activity. Subjects who participated in the breathwork routine had less severe inflammatory responses after being exposed to IV bacterial toxins than those who didn’t. https://www.parsleyhealth.com/blog/breathwork-does-it-work/.
Research evidence also points out that immune health may actually be enhanced by regular intermittent exposures to environmental stress (for example, intermittent hypoxia training/breathing). https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26563736/
COVID-19 AND INTERMITTENT HYPOXIA TRAINING/BREATHWORK
Many resent clinical studies have confirmed IHP improves cardiopulmonary function of patients. It “increases the cardio respiratory fitness and the tolerance of tissues and organs to ischemia”. This article introduces IHP and proposes a potential plan for application of IHP for the rehabilitation of patients with COVID-19. The aim is to of the research is to provide a new, safe and efficacious strategy for rehabilitation from COVID-19. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphar.2021.643619/full
HEALTHY HABITS TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
There are other natural ways that can contribute to boosting your immune system. For instance, getting enough sleep, reducing chronic stress, eating a healthy pH balanced diet, regular exercise, and even certain vitamins, such as vitamin C and D, good bacteria from probiotic foods and supplements. All of these factors can contribute to help boost your immune system naturally. Check out this article for more information and resources.
It is possible to strengthen your immune system and protect your health naturally with intermittent hypoxic breathing, an alkaline pH diet and healthy habits. The pandemic has raised our awareness of the importance of possessing a strong immune system to protect our health and to help us heal and recover from illness. A consistent, regular dose of the Joy of Breathing Method (intermittent hypoxic breathing) is a fun and easy way to boost your immune system and become more resilient against illness and disease.