The winter months are here, the temperature continues to drop as the days get shorter and the nights colder, darker, and longer.
This is the season when the cold air affects your first line of defence and common cold and flu viruses do their best to enter your bodies through your nose! Yet, your nasal lining has a sophisticated defence mechanism that acts against these microbial intruders. Your nose is constantly secreting mucus and the viruses become trapped in the runny snot created and tiny hairs in your nostrils called cilia constantly keep the mucus moving. You then swallow the whole amount, and your stomach acids neutralize the microbes!
Cold and Flu viruses spread seasonally each year because of a phenomenon known as antigenic drift. They evolve just enough each year to evade the human immune systems, yet, not enough to develop into a completely new version of the virus.
It is possible to transmit the flu to someone else as early as 1 day before symptoms begin to show and up to 5 to 7 days after you become sick.
It is primarily transmitted from person to person through sneezing, coughing, or talking. Droplets from them become airborne and may stay infectious for several hours to days, depending on where the droplets fall. You can also contract the flu from handshakes, hugs, and touching surfaces or objects contaminated with the virus. Viruses can stay active longer on hard surfaces such as stainless steel, plastic etc and have a shorter life span on surfaces like fabric and tissue paper.
It is important to not wipe your nose on your sleeve, always use a tissue, and safely dispose of your tissue each time in a bin or flush it down the toilet.
These viruses thrive in the cold and, therefore, it is important to wrap up warm when going out and turn the heating on when the temperature drops within your home.
The universe is made up of nature’s many different elements and your body is made up with 5 of them, with each element representing a different state of matter in nature with an average estimate being 72% water, 6% air, 4% fire, 12% earth and rest is Ether/Space.
These earth elements are connected to your first 5 major chakras and each element is responsible for different structures within the body.
Earth is the heaviest of the elements and relates to the Root Chakra. Its colour is known as Red, and it is located at the bottom of the spine in the tail bone. It relates to our basic primal needs of survival, stability and support keeping you grounded and forms solid structures such as teeth, nails, bones, muscles, skin, tissues, and hair giving structure and strength to the body.
When this chakra is in balance you will feel safe, confident, grounded, and strong.
When the Earth element is out of balance in this chakra then it will show itself as general weakness in the body, loss of calcium from bones, obesity, high cholesterol, weight loss, weight gain and muscular diseases.
Water is fluid and relates to the Sacral Chakra. Its colour is known as Orange, and it is found in the pelvic region about 2 inches below the navel. This element forms saliva, urine, semen, blood and sweat and is associated with emotions, passion, pleasure, sexuality, creativity, and fluidity.
When the Sacral Chakra is in balance you can connect easily to others and be able to welcome others into your life and embrace new situations. You will feel content and calm, be able to let go of things, be open to joy and pleasure, and express your creativity.
When the Water element is out of balance then it will show itself with excess mucus, sinusitis, colds, and the flu, swelling of glands, oedema of the tissues often appearing in the legs and ankles, thinning of the blood and blood clots.
Fire forms hunger, thirst, sleep, the vision in the eyes and complexion of the skin.
This powerful element is related to the Solar Plexus chakra and its colour is known as Yellow, and it is located within the abdomen, in the centre of our digestive system. It represents heat, power, colour, strength, passion, transformation, and digestion.
We build heat with the food we eat, movement and breath, it is about being able to take the correct action in your life, and you build it through the physical (Root) and the emotional (Sacral) chakras to sustain your energy.
When the Solar Plexus chakra is in balance, you will feel confident, strong and in control of your life and be able to make choices and handle situations easily.
When the Fire element is out of balance it will manifest fever, skin diseases like inflammation, diabetes, increased coldness or heat in the body, excessive sweating, hyper-acidity, slow digestion and unable to absorb nutrients and allow toxins to remain in the body, etc.
Air is responsible for all movement including motion, changeability, subtlety, vibration, expansion, contraction, and suppression.
This element is related to the Heart Chakra which is located over the sternum, the heart, and lungs which control our breath. Its known colour is Green and when in balance you can freely give and receive love, feel compassion and acceptance, feel light and open, feel motivated and innovative, and easily express mental agility.
When this element is out of balance it can lead to lung disorders, dry cough, bloating, constipation, blood pressure problems, skin dryness, lethargy, insomnia, muscular spasms, feeling under pressure, depression, etc.
Ether/Space is the most subtle of all elements and is present in the hollow cavities of the body in the form of radio frequencies, light radiation, cosmic rays, etc. It is related to the Throat Chakra and known as the colour Blue it carries sound, represents truth, communication, freedom, intuition, connection, stillness, spirituality, and consciousness.
When in balance you can freely communicate your personal truth, express yourself, feel connected with the world around you, and feel physically and emotionally nourished.
When out of balance then throat problems can arise including a sore throat, speech disorders, unable to clearly communicate your needs, Thyroid disorders, earaches, and tinnitus problems etc.
You could look at the Ether/Space element as the mother of the other elements and is the basis of higher spiritual experiences.
The other 2 major chakras the Third Eye (Indigo) which is located between the eyebrows, connects to your ability to focus and concentrate and when in balance improves your intuition and “seeing the bigger picture” and the Crown Chakra (Violet) which is located just above the very top of the head, helps you to connect beyond the earth to the universal/cosmic energy giving you the ability to connect spiritually to pure consciousness.
Throughout all your chakras, both minor and major, and within your energy field which flows within and outside of your body (known as your aura or energetic magnetic field) flows “Prana”, also known as “Chi”, this vital life force is also directly connected to these 5 elements, which without, you would not exist!
With all the turmoil and changes that are happening around the world it is important to look after yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and energetically as when you become out of balance within your elements, chakras, or auric field then you can start to feel off balance, tired and run down and then illnesses may occur!