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Leadership Blog Post: 6 Simple Ways to Support Your Immunity

Welcome to our leadership blog series! This month Siwathep Singh Khanderpor, NMSA International Vice President of Development, who discusses ways to support our immunity during this time. 

Leadership Blog Series: 6 Simple Ways to Support Your Immunity 

Our bodies are incredibly powerful! How so? Our body has the power to fight off foreign invaders by creating antibodies; thereby, protecting us from viral infections by bolstering our immune system. By utilizing natural herbs and exercise, we can take better care of ourselves, thus providing our body the tools to fight off infections. Here are 6 easy things you can do to support your immunity -–

Practice Gratitude
Writing 3 things in a journal every morning is a great way to keep your mind on being thankful for what you have, rather than dwelling on the negativity. According to a psychology research, gratitude is strongly associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

Watch Less News
Instead focus more on what brings you joy like family, friends, art, carpentry, or any other hobby that brings you happiness. Watch comedies or inspiring entertainment– as laugher and inspiration improves immunity.

Play some Board Games
Board games, like monopoly, are fun and create a happy atmosphere. It is also good for maintaining healthy relationships during this social isolation period. Playing board games brings people closer, strengthens relationships, and reduces stress!

Do Moderate Exercise
Gyms may be closed but that does not mean you cannot do pushups, squats, and running. My friend even does pull ups on a tree branch! People who exercise regularly tend to do so because it gives them an enormous sense of well-being. They feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, have better cognition, and feel more relaxed and positive about themselves and their lives.

Breathe Fresh Air
Taking a few deep breaths outside on the balcony in the morning refreshes and clears your mind from the day. It is also a quick way to destress and can be done multiple times throughout the day. This practice could be enhanced by getting some fresh air outside in nature as well!

Find a Naturopathic Doctor to Support You
Ginseng and echinacea are known through research to support immunity. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can replenish glutathione levels that supports the immune system. If you aren’t sure what herbs or supplements are best for you, find a licensed naturopathic doctor near you.

As we go through this stressful time it is important to remember what we still have and that this storm shall pass. Take this time to reflect and find what it is you really want in life so when things return to normal, you will go back into the world with more gusto than ever before.

Thep is an International Medical Graduate (IMG) student at Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. He was born and raised in a beautiful island  of Koh Samui, Thailand. He started his medical career as an MD but fell in love deeply with naturopathic medicine during his 6 years of Medical school in China. Prior to attending CCNM, Thep was elected by the medical student body of international students in China as a president of International Medical Student Association (IMSA). He had an amazing time working with people all around the world in developing sustainable health development goals. He was also responsible for leading meetings and collaborating with the medical student team to organize and run university-wide events such as the White Coat Ceremony, Volunteering at Mental Hospitals and Old Aged Home, Physiology Trivia Competition, Medical Seminar, Summer and Winter Clerkship.
He is looking forward to working with the amazing team in moving naturopathic medicine forward, fighting for things that are important to the profession no matter how big or small they might be.  He also hopes to integrate his previous knowledge as an MD in lifting naturopathic medicine as high up as he can.Apart from his studies, Thep works part-time as a TV broadcaster representing Thai/Indian cultures in a leading TV show in China. He hopes that one day he could use his broadcasting skills to spread his love of Naturopathic Medicine to people all around the world!

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