Top Tips to Stay Healthy and Boost your Immune System for Covid19:
- Eat Nutrient Dense Foods: I know we all hear that we need to boost our vitamins and minerals right now, and the best way to do that is with food!
- A few immune-boosting foods are ginger, blueberries, bok choy, asparagus, onion, garlic, citrus, carrots, brussel sprouts, cabbage, bone broth, honey, and many more!
- Foods with high Vitamin C content are kale, kiwi, green and red peppers, broccoli, strawberries, guava, papaya, etc.
- Nourish your body with protein from pasture raised meats and wild caught seafood as well.
- Movement: It is important to get some daily movement in even though we are all stuck at home. Exercise helps to strengthen the immune system. Having good respiratory health and a healthy heart is imperative right now. Just don’t overdo it because your body will still need time to rest and recover in order to not get sick!
- Herbs and Supplements: The following herbs and supplements are great for boosting the immune system and for staving off viruses: elderberries, green and black tea, fennel, echinacea, astragalus, licorice root, olive leaf, oregano, colloidal silver, zinc, probiotics, etc.
- Brush your teeth: Bacteria in the oral cavity may put you more at risk for Covid-19 so maintaining good oral hygiene is key! Up your brushing to 3 times a day if you can. Use mouthwash and don’t forget to floss!
- Practice Self-Care: Now is more important than ever to reduce our stress. If we are stressed that can down-regulate the immune system and make us more susceptible to sickness. Try meditation, breathing exercises, and writing in a gratitude journal. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep per night!
- Ancient Healing Practices: Stimulate your lymphatic system by trying cold therapy (ie cold showers), dry brushing, and sweating (sauna).
- Improve your gut health: To have a healthy immune system means we need to have a healthy gut.
- Eat nourishing foods like bone broth, healthy fats, anti-inflammatory foods, and probiotic foods. Anti-inflammatory foods such as avocado, celery, olive oil, kale, arugula, cinnamon, pasture raised meats and wild caught seafood, etc.
- Use apple cider vinegar and lemon water to aid in digestion, limit sugar, and eat in a parasympathetic state.
- Practice Good Hygiene: The best and the easiest way to reduce the spread of germs.
- Wash your hands for at least 2 minutes, multiple times per day.
- Shower daily.
- Wipe down all household surfaces and knobs daily.
- Stay Home: Last but not least… let’s flatten the curve and keep to ourselves! It is well-known that many people are asymptomatic, so we need to make sure not to spread our germs to people who are at risk.
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