With the novel coronavirus entering into our lives this 2020, we want to take extra precautions to prevent its distribution. A major part of protecting yourself and others is upkeeping a healthy immune system. Here are just a few natural practices that you can use in your daily routine to boost immunity.
Rest up - Sleep! We all feel that we need to maximize productivity throughout our days, but sleep should not be sacrificed because of that. Inadequate or poor-quality sleep can be associated with increased sensitivity to sickness. Try to sleep at least 7 hours per night. Don’t be afraid to embrace a slower pace and listen to your body’s needs.
Hydrate yourself - Hope that you’re not tired of hearing this one because it’s a biggie! Properly functioning systems requires water, which aids in carrying oxygen to your cells, and preventing toxins from building up in your body. And bad news for those who love happy hour—it’s probably best to swap out alcohol, or at least drink in moderation (which is the preferred option). Livers play a huge role in riding out toxins from your body, so drinking tea is a great alternative!
Consume gut-healthy foods - Nourish yourself with organic, hearty foods. This includes fruits, veggies, healthy fats, and fermented foods, which are a great source of probiotics. Anti-inflammatory foods are amazing for gut health, which is where immune cells live, and in fighting against health conditions such as heart disease and type II diabetes. A great place to start is incorporating these 7 superfoods into your diet.
Incorporate vitamins and essential oils - Taking supplements is an excellent way to naturally boost your body’s immune response. Vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, and elderberry are a few notable supplements that take preventative measures against sickness. Additionally, essential oils, such as lemon, lavender, oregano, and peppermint oils, have a supporting role in immune health. Use these oils in a diffuser to maintain its aroma around your living space.
Exercise and enjoy nature - Step outside and get moving! Regular, moderate exercise may reduce inflammation and promote consistent regeneration of immune cells. Hiking, or just being in nature, can support balance, decrease anxiety, and improve your overall well-being. Also, ever heard of grounding? Our earth is wired to balance our internal systems, so even bare contact with the ground or trees can promote immunity. So why don’t you go hug a tree today?
Practice mindfulness - The current state of the world may leave many of us fearful and tense. However, anxiety and stress can compromise our immune system. Try your best to remain calm and engage in activities that release anxiety. Common methods include meditation, journaling, yoga, painting, and listening to music or podcasts. Do anything that works for you in alleviating stress and keeping a positive mindset.
Although the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is social distancing and masks, these natural lifestyle changes are a great way to reinforce your immune system against germs.