How can we help ourselves and our families to stay healthy with the Coronavirus?
We all want to stay well and keep our families safe; it is so easy to get caught up in the panic of what is going on. Yes, we need to stay informed but we need to stay focused on what is important; how we can help ourselves and the ones around us, this is a time to start putting our health and wellbeing first.
Here are few tips on how we can BOOST our immune system:
Take vitamins and supplements
We can get most of our Vitamins and supplements from your food but sometimes we need a boost:
- Vitamin C is one of the biggest immune system boosters of all. In fact, a lack of vitamin C can even make you more prone to getting sick.
- Foods rich in vitamin C include oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, strawberries, Kiwi, bell peppers, spinach, kale and broccoli.
- Vitamin B6 is vital to supporting biochemical reactions in the immune system.
- Poultry – chicken and turkey
- Fish – salmon and tuna.
- Green vegetables
- Whole grain, oatmeal and brown rice
- Sunflower seeds and chick peas (chick peas are the main ingredient in hummus)
- Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps the body fight off infection.
- Nuts – Almonds
- Broccoli and
- Zinc helps to boost your immune system
- Zinc doesn’t get as much attention as many other vitamins and minerals, but our bodies need it so that our immune cells can function as intended
- Shellfish – crab, clams, Lobster, mussels
- As much as Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body and these nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. If we are low in vitamin D we are prone to getting sick and infection often
Echinacea is a traditional herbal remedy for the symptomatic relief of coughs, colds and influenza type infections and similar upper respiratory tract conditions.
Such as acidophilus contain friendly/live bacteria, this helps restore the natural balance of bacteria.
Any pre-made immune boost supplements are good to take, here are a few links.
Life Thyme Wellness
N.Skea – Naturopath
Smadar Health – Usana
Natural immune Boost:
Garlic, Onions, Ginger and Lemons
Eat a Whole Foods – Anti-inflammatory diet. Focus on increasing your veggies first! Eat lots of colourful vegetables and eliminate processed sugary foods.
In times like these it is easy to get caught up in the hype of it all, this will only create more stress and anxiety, this then causes stress on your body and compromises your immune system. When we are in Fight and Flight the body shuts down our organs eg: immune system so we can cope mentally and physically.
Staying calm in times like these, we can keep all the parts of our body working equally, which in turn keep us healthier.
Here’s a link to my Anxiety and Stress instant download
Meditation & Deep Breathing:
Take time to look after yourself DAILY deep breathing or meditation will help to DE-STRESS! This calms down your cranky nervous system to enhance your body’s own ability to heal
Just 5-10 mins a day will make a big different, start small and work your way up!
Here’s a link to my 10 Guided mediations – Instant download
Sleep is important
- We need it to relax the body
- Repair any damage and rebuild the immune system
- Calm the adrenals and the brain
Rejuvenate your body with at least 8 hours of sleep at night.
I’m not saying go shopping or partying, go for a walk, a run or bike ride and clear you head.
Avoid lots of alcohol – binge drinking as alcohol effects the liver. The liver plays a big part in the immune system, if we drain it, it will struggle to fight any illness, diseases and viruses.
Don’t forget to WASH your HANDS! Wash your hands longer than usual… and encourage your family to do the same.
This Coronavirus is going to teach us all to be more present. Be prepared to change your travel plans, your shopping habits and your daily health habits.
Let us all stay calm and grounded as we learn and grow through these times.
Hayley Bennett Wellbeing x