In the midst of turning the corner of self-isolation and quarantine, we’ll soon be facing a new challenge—navigating public normalcy while dodging COVID-19. Standing 100% clear of this invisible monster seems like an impossible task. Give your immune system a fighting chance by considering the following tips:
Drink more water, Que!
Help your body naturally eliminate toxins and other bacteria that may cause illness. One half gallon of H20 per day will do your body great!
Eat more fruit and veggies
Vitamin C fights viruses! Evidence shows that the vitamin C found in citrus fruit like limes, lemons, and oranges may be particularly helpful in boosting your immune system. Ginger root stimulates good bacteria in our gut as well as chasing bad bacteria away!
The best source of Vitamin D! The sun's ultraviolet B (UVB) rays hit cholesterol in the skin cells, providing the energy for vitamin D synthesis to occur. Did you know that melanated people require more sun than others? An hour a day is recommended. Can't get outside? Find you a good Vitamin D3 Supplement.
Healthy bacteria better known as "probiotics" are your friends! Recent research has shown that the presence of probiotics actively strengthens your immune system’s response. This is because probiotics work to improve the overall health of your digestive system. Unfortunately, our probiotic gut collections can get depleted over years of using antibiotics, which not only kill bad bacteria, but they zap the good bacteria as well—compromising 80% of your body’s immunity! Replenish your gut's healthy bacteria collection via fermented coconut water, kefir, and kimchi which are all good sources of good bacteria.
Time and time again, zinc has been shown to be a powerful immune system booster. It is critical for the creation, development, and function of immune system cells that keep you healthy. The average diet usually does not have nearly the amount of zinc your body needs, so a supplement with at least 11mg helps prevent a deficiency that causes most immune systems to be weakened.
L-Lysine is an essential amino acid that your body needs to keep your immune system in check. Look for a immune supplements that lists at least 500mg of L-Lysine on its label.
Sweat out those toxins! Oxygenate the body! Don't over complicate this, just find a way to move. 10-15 minutes of activity a day is a good start. Gradually increase your duration and intensity over time. Walk, dance, hop.... don't sit idle!
Get a solid 7-8 hours of sleep in!
Researchers report that sleep can help immune cells attach to targets and help fight infection.
Fear and worry effects your body on a molecular level, lowering your immunity by increasing stress hormones and decreasing immune cells. Good vibes during these times is easier said than done... but it is necessary and essential! Try yoga or meditation to center your thoughts.
Watch that sugar, Team
Try stevia, date sugar, agave instead.
Hold off on the dairy
The phlegm and mucus produced from cow’s milk and cheese just isn’t the best thing while fighting infection. Go for a plant-based alternative like almond or oat milk. There are some delicious options for ice cream as well!
Limit your alcohol intake
Alcohol is an immunosuppressant, interfering with the chemical signals from white blood cells (cytokines). If you must, choose the red wine over the beer and hard stuff.
Continue to take social distancing measures serious
Don't get complacent and comfortable because things seem to be getting better.
Wash your hands with soap and water
Simple and frank! Keep those hands clean brothers!
Do your research!
Nature has given us everything that our bodies need to heal. Become a scientist! Study herbs, minerals, and whole (electric) food options. At the end of the day, you have full control over what comes into your body.