Achoo! Bless you. Unfortunately, it’s just about that time of year again…The dreaded cold and flu season. Believe me, I know the last thing you want to deal with is an entire week — or two — of feeling drowsy, achy, and drained of energy.
So, let’s try to cut your “sniffle risk” down as much as possible right now. Sound good?
And in a moment, I’m going to show you a little-known health hack to boost your body’s first line of defense: Your immune system.
Now, the best part is it’s incredibly easy to do and it only takes about 20 seconds!
Okay, in the center of your chest, about 2 inches below your collarbone, sits a tiny gland called the thymus.
And it plays a key role in keeping you healthy.
You see, your thymus is responsible for dispatching thousands of microscopic defenders that fight common viruses and dangerous infections. They’re called T-cells.
The only problem is as you get older, your thymus begins to shrink. And by the time you hit 75 years old, it transforms into nothing more than fatty tissue.1
But don’t worry just yet. Because I’d like to introduce you to:
The “Thymus Thump” Technique
You see, you can actually stimulate your thymus externally. All you have to do is tap on the area just above where it’s positioned.
This can help release a flood of helper T-cells — which kick your energy up a notch, put you in a better mood, and boost your immune system.
Here’s how it works:
1. Relax and take a few deep breaths in and out.
2. Locate your thymus gland — which is in the middle of your chest about 2 inches below your collarbone. (You can use the image above for reference.)
3. With your ring, index, and middle fingers — lightly tap up and down on this area.
4. Continue tapping for 20-30 seconds.
5. Repeat these steps 1-3 times a day — especially if you’re feeling tired and run down.
Pretty simple, right? And it works like a charm.
So, before the sick season really hits, try to get into this “thymus thump” routine.
You may be pleasantly surprised with how you feel — inside and out.
Looking out for you,
Steven Gundry, MD
P.S. You know I love hearing from you. So, after you give this immune-boosting exercise a try, tell me how it went for you in the comment section below this article. I can’t wait to read about how amazing you feel afterwards.
Want more health tips? Keep reading here:
1. Robert M. Sargis MD, P. (2017). An Overview of the Thymus. [online]
EndocrineWeb. Available at: https://www.endocrineweb.com/endocrinology/overview-thymus [Accessed 21 Nov. 2017].