Firstly, it’s essential to keep calm no matter what we are dealing with in life. Take a few deep breaths and check-in with yourself from time to time.
Constant worry and fear can bring our immune system down and even turn it off for a few hours to days. This is the last thing we want to happen to us. The Coronavirus will end sooner or later, regardless of if we worry or not about it. So, I hope to shine some light on this matter and ease your mind a bit.
Besides keeping our hands clean and following what has already been said, we can do a lot to boost our immune system and stay healthy. Here are the best tips and tricks I have collected over the years for you.
Make sure you try to get enough sleep and even try to get an hour of extra sleep. At least 8 hours of sleep is needed to be healthy and keep stress down.
2. Move your body
We need to keep moving for optimum immune function and health overall. Stagnation is the first stage of disease, which means that movement is the foundation of health. Regular exercise like rebounding, walking, yoga, and calisthenics (bodyweight training) works great, and we highly recommend it! I would suggest exercising a couple of times a day for at least 15-30 minutes at a time and make sure it gets your heart pumping, breathing hard and sweating for at least 5 minutes.
Bonus: Daily breathing exercises build up lung power, Google the Whim Hof method, this will get you breathing well and strengthen your lungs fast.
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of spring or purified water and get in some fresh homemade cold-pressed juices. Most people are cronicly dehydrated.
4. Get sun exposure
Get at least 1 hour of sunlight on as much of your body as you can daily. Sunshine is the best source of Vitamin D. If you live too far north or south, I’d consider getting a proper phototherapy device (sun lamp)
5. Stay mindful
Get into the habit of doing some kind of calming mindfulness practice daily that brings you inner peace. I recommend practicing deepening your connection with God/nature, am and pm meditation and prayer, gardening, being in a quiet place, following your breath, and getting in nature for at least 30 minutes a day.
Bonus: Saying positive affirmations, listening to relaxing music or playing a musical instrument, or learning a new hobby that excites you most.
6. Have a screen cut off time
Having an early internet and technology cut off time daily will help you relax more, destress, allow natural melatonin to be produced on time, to give you better sleep, and save your eyes and brain later in life. The blue light-emitting from our tech negatively affects our sleep and throws our natural circadian rhythm off balance. It’s essential for deep rest and healing to quit all screens; smartphone, tablet, laptop, computer, and TV. I recommend practicing turning off everything at 5-6 pm and unwind with a walk and beautiful sunset.
Bonus: I recommend not bringing any tech, like a smartphone, into the bedroom. Try to only turn on the tech the following morning late as possible after 7 am, or once you complete your exercises and morning health routine.
7. Get fresh air
Indoor air is about 300%+ more toxic than outside air, according to the EPA. It would be wise to keep a window or two open just a crack to create clean circulating fresh oxygen.
8. Keep it positive and funny
Eliminate or limit your exposure to news, TV, and the newsfeed of social media to 30 minutes or less a day. Negative news brings down our spirits and immune system the fastest.
Try watching 30 minutes of comedy instead; this will boost your immune system, boost happiness, and relax the whole body.
9. Eat healthy food
Eating an immune-boosting 85%+ raw and eating 100% vegan is key to heath. Eat as many fresh raw living plant foods as you can. Try and consume a rainbow of fruits, veggies, and leafy greens as often as you can. Avoid gluten, dairy, meat, and processed and all fried foods.
Bonus: This is a great time to let go of smoking and reducing alcohol and caffeine.
Foods to eat to boost your immune system and bring you into balance:
1. Vitamin A
Vitamin A is one of the most essential nutrients for a healthy immune system. Carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, red bell pepper, green leafy veggies, basil, parsley, coriander, thyme, etc.
2. Vitamin C
Try to get in as much vitamin C rich foods, like lemons, oranges, kiwis, Strawberries, sweet yellow peppers, kale, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, and many more plant foods also have vitamin C in them. Vitamin C is vital for your immune system, blood vessel health, among many other critical roles.
Zink is another big one for your immune system. Zinc can be found inhemp seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, avocados, mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, peas, and lentils, to name a few.
Magnesium rich foods help calm us down, get grounded, and balanced. You can find Magnesium in dark leafy greens, in Avocado, and the seeds high in zinc mentioned above.
5. B vitamins
B vitamins get depleted fast when we are under stress and in challenging times. Having a big salad a day with Lentil sprouts, romaine lettuce, sunflower seeds can help. Also, I would recommend taking a vegan b12 supplement (Methylcobalamin).
6. Wild edibles
Fresh wild plants like stinging nettle to fill in the nutrition gaps. This is my top choice, and it’s loaded with benefits and iron too.
7. Fresh herbs
Herbs to have with your salads that boost your immune system: fresh ginger, turmeric, holy basil, and garlic. You can add others as well.
Sauerkraut to eat for gut health.
Hope you found this information helpful! If you have any more questions about boosting your immunity, let me now in the comments below.