Staying Healthy During a Pandemic: 10 Immune-Boosting Tips
During the current coronavirus outbreak, you’re probably (very rightfully so!) concerned for your health and that of your family. The CDC has several recommendations for preventative action against coronavirus, including social distancing, hand-washing, and clean frequently touched surfaces daily
We 100% agree with all of these recommendations, but additionally believe it’s prudent to do everything possible to boost your immune system to decrease the likelihood of getting sick (with coronavirus or any other seasonal bug, for that matter!)
Here are 10 easy ways you can help strengthen your immune system.
Eat immune-boosting foods.
Examples include: ginger, turmeric, honey, garlic, lemon, mushrooms, and bone broth.
Take immune-boosting supplements.
Try elderberry, zinc, vitamins A, C, and D, spirulina, chlorella, and selenium.
Raise your core body temperature. Studies have found evidence that higher body temps help certain types of immune cells to work better, and thus make it better able to fight infection. Your body knows what it’s doing when you have a fever while sick! It’s thought that you can encourage the same benefits by proactively raising your body temp.
Try a sauna, steam bath, or move your body to break a sweat.
Get your veggies on: eating lots of veggies, especially leafy greens which are full of antioxidants, can help your body fight viruses and other free radicals.
The more diverse your diet (and especially veggie intake), the better!
Take antiviral supplements.
Some good ones include echinacea, colloidal silver, licorice root, apple cider vinegar, and probiotics.
Prioritize sleep: studies show that sleep can help build your immune system and fight infection.
Aim to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Need some help getting a good night of rest? Check out these tips!
Get your exercise on! Exercise has many great benefits and one of those is that it builds a stronger immune system.
The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of exercise a week - we say shoot for at least 20 minutes a day, every single day. Check out this 7-minute at-home workout that works - do it 3x for bonus points.
Ditch bad habits such as smoking and excessive drinking, as they can decrease ability to fight infection.
Here are some tips for quitting.
Reduce stress. The hormones released when you are stressed have been shown to have a negative effect on the immune system.
Try going for a walk, meditating, doing a YouTube yoga flow, or gratitude journaling.
Get some sunshine. A natural dose of vitamin D from the sun can do wonders not only for your mood but also your immune system - studies have shown that it can even decrease the length and severity of infections.
Go outside for at least 15-20 minutes a day even if it's just on your patio or backyard.
Have any other immune-boosting best practices? We would love to hear them! Please share them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay healthy, friends!