This is Robin Nielsen, women’s health and hormone expert. I want to share with you five simple steps to boost your immune system in a powerful way. I teach women how to become the CEO of their own health, and now more than ever is a really important time for us to learn how to take charge of our health so that we can protect ourselves and our families. Did you know that our emotions affect every single cell in our bodies? That’s why stress is the biggest immune suppressor there is. So my five simple steps are going to help you to manage stress in a more powerful way so that your body can heal and be strong. Step number one is practicing an attitude of gratitude. I know that may sound so incredibly simple, but the science behind it is amazing because anytime we lower our stress hormones, we boost our immune system.
I have a few notes about how to practice an attitude of gratitude and why it’s so important. Number one, you can just simply keep a gratitude journal. List three to five things that you’re grateful for each day, and you want to think about something new, so you cannot use the same gratitudes every day. It can be something very simple, and then you might write down why you’re grateful for this. The second tool that you can use is to practice opposition thinking, you want to turn around a negative thought into a positive thought. That is something that I do every day, all day long. If something negative comes into my mind, I turn it right around to the opposite, something positive. The third tip is to really make it a habit, so you can say to yourself, I’m going to do this for 10 days. I’m going to make this a habit and see what happens. It’s going to be powerful sister, I tell you.
So I want to share with you some of the things that an attitude of gratitude does for us. We know that it improves sleep, and I’m gonna share with you why that’s so important. It improves your physical health, and it helps you to experience fewer aches and pains. It lowers depression, and it helps you to feel more motivated and improves positivity. How amazing is that? And then I want you to know that it also increases determination and increases your attention, your enthusiasm and your energy.
My powerful step number two is eating for hormone balance. That may sound really strange, but when you eat for hormone balance, you are keeping stress down, because stress is immunosuppressive. When you eat for hormone balance, by doing that, you’re managing your stressors. What you want to do is eat a high protein breakfast within an hour of waking up and then you eat again every four to six hours. So three meals, and then you stop eating by 7:00 PM. The reason for this is because you want that time in between dinner and breakfast for healing because healing is when your immune system restores and regenerates. So eat a high protein breakfast within an hour of waking, which sets your circadian rhythm for the day. And then you never go more than four to six hours b