Right now, a lot may feel out of your control. None of us asked for this BS, we just got handed this garbage and were left to deal with it ourselves.
We all cause ourselves unnecessary stress over things we do have control over, by not seeing proper boundaries (or allowing others to ignore our boundaries) or going down the wrong path in life. But this year we have been handed a major stressor that is completely out of our control, and on top of all that we’ve had to deal with fires, hurricanes, protests, elections, and more.
Today I want to talk about your circle of influence, things that you do have control over to help keep yourself and your body healthy… and help prevent the cytokine storm in your bodies.
What the heck is a cytokine storm?
A cytokine storm is a severe immune reaction in which the body releases too many cytokines into the blood too quickly. Cytokines play an important role in normal immune responses but having a large amount of them released in the body all at once can be harmful. A cytokine storm can occur because of an infection, autoimmune condition, or other diseases. It may also occur after treatment with some types of immunotherapy. Signs and symptoms include high fever, inflammation (redness and swelling), and severe fatigue and nausea. Sometimes, a cytokine storm may be severe or life-threatening and lead to multiple organ failure, also called hypercytokinemia.
So basically, we have inflammation and immune function at the heart of resilience.
What are we supposed to do about it?
Clearing is a great way to support your overall immune function:
Next up is to calm the system so we can tame the flame of inflammation:
Remember that sometimes improvement comes naturally when we remove the distractions. That said, there are certainly key agents that can enhance immune system support based on individual needs:
Your “circle of influence” includes the opportunity to truly tune in to your own body and make the modifications that work best for you. This means that you’ll have to look internally—what your body tells you, what your labs reveal, and/or what your dedicated healthcare team can recommend)—and less at the generic information suggested for a population larger than yourself. When we modulate, we invite more balance and fully recognize that each year and even each circumstance may require different agents and different doses to bring us into our unique opportunity for resilience at that moment in time. Instead of a checklist, we modulate by asking ourselves questions (and finding our individual “mediators”):
Modulate sleep & relaxation:
Modulate exercise & movement:
Modulate stress & anxiety:
Modulate nutrition & hydration:
Modulate relationships & networks:
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Disclaimer: The activities and research discussed in these podcasts are suggestions only and are only advised to be undertaken following prior consultation with a health or medical professional. Fitness training, nutrition, and other physical pursuits should be tailored to the individual based upon an assessment of their personal needs.