There are some key aspects to keeping the immune system doing well at this time.
First and foremost, reduce stress levels with things that bring you contentment. That may be starting a new hobby, try some exercise, read a book, pick up the phone or try Skype or Zoom for a good conversation, write a letter, or turn off social media and the news. Find whatever routine you can get on, and keep going.
Secondly, fresh air and sunshine to get your vitamin D absorbed through your eyes and skin is the most ideal starting place. In Minnesota, we haven’t seen much sun since October-ish, so getting outside is MUCH needed!
Thirdly, get your sleep! 6-8 hours of sleep is generally recommended. I surely find with most people the quality of sleep seems to be a little more of value than just the number of hours your eyes are shut. If you already utilize good sleep hygiene (no electronics, no TV, reading, essential oils, bath, warm tumeric milk, mantra/counting) about an hour before bed but still struggle, adding in Melatonin can be very beneficial! Studies are finding Melatonin to be a strong link to the strength of the immune system (study supported 3-5 mg, but some patients can use more!).
And last but not least, my favorite topic is what you are eating! What a difficult time to be told to stock up on food like the non-perishables, don’t go out if you don’t have to, but eat your veggies and eat really well! So much conflict in the mind. But I will tell you, most of these veggies in the pic of my dinner were from the freezer. They were from my garden last year. Cabbage these last couple of years has been a staple in our house for the nutrient and fiber content, and you can hide it in any soup or skillet you can think of. And best of all, I found out blanching and freezing it makes it SO easy to add to dinners in the winter and spring. Do your best, but even if you have to frozen veggies, it is better than from the can. Veggies are high in vitamin C and fiber which keep your gut very, very healthy. This in turn will keep your immune system very, very strong!
Vegetables with the highest sources of vitamin C include:
- Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower.
- Green and red peppers.
- Spinach, cabbage, turnip greens, and other leafy greens.
- Sweet and white potatoes.
- Tomatoes and tomato juice.
- Winter squash.
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