This is never a good feeling.
When faced with these types of situations our brains always search for solid ground. What can I control?
Well the answer to that question is frankly, nothing.
There are no guarantees.
However, I do believe that when it comes to our health there are steps we can take to boost our immunity. Having a strong immune system in the face of Covid-19 might be our best defence.
I’ve never had a very strong immune system. Even though I live a relatively healthy lifestyle, I used to get whatever bugs are floating around.
Over the years I’ve developed some practices to keep my system fairly balanced so I don’t succumb to as many forms of bacteria and viruses as I used to.
For me it’s all about getting back to basics. To the foundation of our health. We have to start with enhancing our nutrition, sleep and reducing stress.
Today I am sharing a number of tips to strengthen your immune system starting with three lifestyle basics.
1. Improve your nutrition
- Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. I recommend half your body weight in ounces every day.
- Limit sugar intake. Sugar is inflammatory and can temporarily impact your white blood cells’ ability to fight off bacteria.
- Eat less processed foods and more fruit and vegetables. They’re chocked full of vitamins and minerals.
- Enjoy some protein with every meal. Whether plant- or animal-based, protein is vital to building and repairing body tissue and fighting viral and bacterial infections.
2. Get a good night’s sleep
- Unplug electronics in your bedroom such as TVs, computers, phone chargers and lights to avoid added stimulation
- Make it dark - Black out curtains, a sleep mask, whatever it takes to block out all light sources.
- Don’t eat before bed. If you wake up before 1pm, it’s likely from poor blood sugar management. Eat a well balanced dinner and avoid snacking at night.
- Unwind before bed. Read an enjoyable book, take a hot bath, listen to soothing music, stretch, meditate or practice gratitude.
- Aim for eight hours. If you sleep five hours now, do what you can to get to bed fifteen minutes earlier until you can do that consistently and then increase it to another fifteen minutes earlier. When you go from five to six to seven or eight each night, you’ll feel so much better.
3. Reduce stress
In addition to improving your nutrition and getting good sleep you can help to reduce your stress by:
- Limiting your news and social media time. There’s a lot of hype, hysteria and overreacting happening. Yes be informed, but checking your news feed every five minutes is only going to raise your cortisol levels and keep you in a state of stress.
- Breathe. Pause and focus on your breath when you start to feel overwhelmed and anxious.
- Meditate. Take your breath work to the next level. Those who meditate have been shown to react better and recover more quickly from stressful situations.
- Move. Exercise has been shown to reduce stress levels. Get outside in nature for a walk. Breathe in the the fresh air. Find a yoga video to follow along with. Whatever you enjoy that gets your body moving will help to decrease the stress.
The next couple of months could see our worlds becoming a lot smaller. Less travel, less social interaction, less commercialism. More back-to basics, more local focus, more insular.
Instead of trying to ease the stress with booze, junk food and emotional eating, I invite you to take this time to focus on your own health and well-being.
If this resonates and you need a little support to help you boost your immunity, perhaps one of my two Spring programs would be of interest.
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Here's to focusing on what you can do and finding comfort in the unknown.
With love and freshly washed hands,