Foods that strengthen your immune system

Foods that strengthen your immune system

First and foremost, follow national guidance for preventing COVID-19: avoid spreading the virus and cut your chances of catching it by regularly washing your hands, avoiding touching your face and reducing social contact. As well as protecting yourself from the virus on the outside, you can also build up your defences from the inside by strengthening your immune system. The immune system consists of organs, cells, tissues, and proteins. Together, these carry out bodily processes that fight off pathogens, which are the viruses, bacteria, and foreign bodies that cause infection or disease. When the immune system meets a pathogen, it triggers an immune response. The immune system releases antibodies, which attach to antigens on the pathogens and kill them. Incorporating specific foods into the diet may strengthen a person’s immune response, below are foods that can do so:

Blueberries

Blueberries contain a type of flavonoid called anthocyanin, which has antioxidant properties that can help boost a person’s immune system. A study noted that flavonoids play an essential role in the respiratory tract’s immune defense system. Researchers found that people who ate foods rich in flavonoids were less likely to get an upper respiratory tract infection, or common cold, than those who did not.

Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate contains an antioxidant called theobromine, which may help to boost the immune system by protecting the body’s cells from free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that the body produces when it breaks down food or comes into contact with pollutants. Free radicals can damage the body’s cells and may contribute to disease.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a yellow spice that many people use in cooking. It is also present in some alternative medicines. Consuming turmeric may improve a person’s immune response. This is due to the qualities of curcumin, a compound in turmeric.

According to a 2017 review, curcumin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

Oily fish

Salmon, tuna, pilchards, and other oily fish are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. According to a 2014 report, long-term intake of omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is a chronic autoimmune condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks a healthy part of the body.

Broccoli

Broccoli is another source of vitamin C. It also contains potent antioxidants, such as sulforaphane. For these reasons, it is a good choice of vegetable to eat regularly to support immune system health.

Garlic

Garlic is a common home remedy for the prevention of colds and other illness. One review looked at whether taking garlic supplements containing allicin reduced the risk of getting a cold. The group of participants taking a placebo had more than double the number of colds between them than those taking the garlic supplements. However, the researchers concluded that more research is necessary to determine if garlic can help to prevent colds.

Source: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322412#which-foods-boost-the-immune-system

AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE – Use of Essential Oils

Essential oil is an added therapy to any massage session, resulting in what is known as an aromatherapy massage. Massage therapy has been linked to short-term decrease in physical aches and pains and improved mood and adding an essential oil for an aromatherapy massage can potentially enhance the effect. Essential oils are concentrated plant molecules that are known to have scientific physical, mental and emotional effects and can truly elevate any massage experience. Stimulating oils to boost mood have been found effective and results showed a greater decrease in anxiety symptoms after massages with relaxing essential oils versus massage without aromatherapy.

Overall, aromatherapy has shown benefits for the following uses:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • insomnia
  • nausea
  • pain

Regarding aromatherapy, our massage therapists would be able to recommend specific essential oils, and discuss what product and techniques they would use based on your needs. At The Luxe House, we specialize in the use of Ginger Oil, which has a warming effect. It can enhance concentration and it can soothe and reduce feelings of stress, sadness, anxiety, lethargy, agitation, dizziness, and fatigue. Suitable for use from head to toe, Ginger Oil also contributes to the health and cleanliness of the scalp, soothes dryness and itchiness, and enhances healthier hair growth by stimulating and improving circulation to the scalp. Specially used for our Women’s Health Therapy, Ginger Oil facilitates the elimination of toxins, boosts digestion, and eases discomforts of the stomach and bowel.

WOMENS’ HEALTH THERAPY (Liver Massage)

Our WOMENS HEALTH THERAPY (30 mins) is a kind of rejuvenating abdominal massage that helps regulate hormones and menstrual cycle as well as relief cramps and pain.

Why should you get a liver massage?

As liver performs some of the critical functions for your body, it is important to make sure that this organ should be performing at its optimal level. With proper massage techniques focusing on the liver, some health benefits can be achieved. Did you know abdominal massage, combined with the intake of water, can help improve digestion, flush the body of toxins, and contribute to an overall feeling of improved well-being? Research showed that people who had a 15-minute abdominal massage twice a day for three days had lower levels of perceived abdominal bloating. Depression, anxiety, and well-being levels also improved.

Benefits of liver massage for women’s health

Specifically, for women, cramps during menstrual cycle and other issues related to this period such as breast pain, back pain etc. are linked to inactiveness of liver. Massage therapies have proved effective for making liver function active and it works for reduced menstrual cramps and abdominal pains. Constipation or indigestion is a common problem in people of all age group. It may be result of bad eating habits, stress or any other issues that affects your liver function that is responsible for relaxing abdomen muscles. Massage therapy can also solve this issue.

Common myths about massage – explained!

Common myths about massage – explained!

1. All massages are the same

At The Luxe House, we have many different types of massage, each aimed at different problems. Most of our services focuses on stress relief and relaxation which reduces general muscle soreness.  Our deep muscle massages such as the Dry Shiatsu Massage is a deep tissue massage suitable for people with chronic pain or prefer the focus on pressure points.  Generally, all our services promise to make you feel less tensed and lighter after!

2. Massage is a short-term solution to pain

A massage therapist is able to help “retrain” muscles’ memory to help reduce pain and stress on a body long after a session is complete.  Having a regular massage can improve overall health, wellness and longevity. Stress is often built up in the body from long nights and lack of rest or inadequate nutrition. Massage, targeting at reduces stress, hence allows our body to expel negativity and retain energy.

3. Am i supposed to feel soreness after a massage?

Experiencing sore or tight muscles is normal (however not necessary) after a massage, especially if it has been a while since your last massage or after your first session.

Since massage is like exercise, it forces blood into the muscle, bringing nutrients and removing toxins. This process can temporarily increase inflammation (the healing response) to areas that the body feels need attention. To speed up the healing process, these are some remedies you can try:

  • Gentle stretching paying special attention to your trouble spots that received the most attention during your massage.  
  • Warm bath, ideally with Epsom salts (1/2 cup to 1 cup for adults), and soak for 20-40 minutes. Epsom salts are an effective way to further help your body rid itself of toxins and reduce muscle inflammation. You also get the added bonus of absorbing the beneficial magnesium found in Epsom salts through your skin.

4. You shouldn’t massage if you are pregnant

Massage is definitely safe during pregnancy and we often have mummies coming in to reduce lower body tension and pain! Massage in second and third trimester is very common. It reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and many aches and pains experienced during pregnancy which can even help with a smoother delivery.

5. You have to drink up after massaging

As long as one’s kidneys, respiratory and liver functions are normal, the body doesn’t need extra help with ridding itself of toxins.  However, if you are feeling thirsty after a massage, drink some water!

It is important to hydrate frequently as it aids in rehydration, building healthy muscle tissue, and removing metabolic wastes that accumulate as your muscles are worked out.

6. You should not eat before massaging

Generally, a full meal right before you hit the spa is a no-go, as massage certainly stimulates digestion. However, eating a light snack before a massage will prevent you from feeling dizzy or light headed during the massage as a result due to the increase blood circulation.

 

NOURISHING BODY SCRUB

NOURISHING BODY SCRUB

Benefits of a body scrub & How often you should do it

Body scrubs helps to

  • Remove dead skin cells and reveal smooth, glowing skin
  • Reduce skin discoloration from impurities and blemishes
  • Minimize the appearance of large pores
  • Promote skin hydration
  • Help prevent ingrown hair and bumps
  • Reduce stress
  • Encourage skin regeneration and promotes healing

It is recommended that you exfoliate the body 2 to 3 times a week (once a week for sensitive week). A good body scrub makes sure you do not harm your skin’s natural barrier while ensuring a deep cleanse. For best results, a full body scrub should be combined with a massage. After the stimulating body scrub has removed impurities and dead skin cells, the massage calms and hydrate the skin. At the Luxe House, you can easily add-on our signature body scrub to your preferred service for a holistic experience. Our Signature Luxe Polish uses 24k gold formula and leaves your skin hydrated, preventing fine lines from forming. This anti-aging scrub awakens your skin allowing you to walk out feeling brand new! We also offer a range of body scrubs that uses premium natural sea salt that helps to remove bacteria from the skin and unclog pores. As salt has antiseptic qualities, when applied to the skin it helps kill bacteria and reduce inflammation and calms itching or pain. Walk in today at The Luxe House located at B1-150 Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands for a free consult!

TANAKA LYMPHATIC DETOX

TANAKA LYMPHATIC DETOX

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What is the lymphatic system?

The lymphatic system forms part of the body’s immune system and is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body. Lymph help the body’s immune system defend against harmful bacteria and cancer cells.

Lymph nodes are found in the neck, abdomen, groin and armpit, beneath the skin. Swelling of the lymph nodes occurs when the lymph nodes manufacture more white blood cells to fight infection, and obstructs smooth toxin expulsion, leading to bloating, weight gain, pain and muscle tension. By freeing vessel pathways, lymphatic massage can help retrain the lymph system to work better for more long-term health benefits.

How does lymphatic massage help the body?

Our TANAKA LYMPHATIC DETOX treatment uses gentle, long, rhythmic strokes to stretch your skin and reduce swelling of the lymph nodes which allow for congestion, deposits and debris to flow from the body. By stimulating the lymphatic system through massage, the body can drain excess fluid back into the bloodstream from where it can be flushed out through the kidneys. Hence, it is normal to feel thirsty after the session and is important to drink extra fluids, ideally 2 to 4 glasses of water, after each massage to help with releasing the toxins from the body.

What problems can lymphatic massage target?

1) Edema and bloating (caused by menstrual cycles or stress)

2) Skin disorders – eczema, acne

3) Chronic muscle pain and tension

4) Gastrointestinal issues – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and celiac disease

6) Athlete’s muscle soreness and injuries

7) Obesity and slow metabolism (detox)

8) Muscle tightness from sedentary jobs or long flights

In conclusion, lymphatic drainage techniques can counteract the effects of adverse lifestyle choices and environmental pollutants that can compromise the functions of a healthy immune system. Come to The Luxe House to try our specialty Tanaka Lymphatic Detox treatment and walk out with a cleansed, reset body, free of pressure and pain!