Boosting Your Immunity- Physically, Mentally, + Emotionally
Updated: Apr 21, 2020
Today I want to talk about boosting your immunity during this time. Everyone’s talking about it, I know- and I just wanted to share my corner of perspective.
While it’s so important to boost your immunity through fueling your body with a variety of nutrient dense foods, it’s also important that you boost your immunity through mental, emotional and physical health.
Ensuring that your overall well-being is taken care of is crucial. Everything is connected- mind and body. So even if you’re taking care of your body really well- exercising and getting proper nutrients, make sure you’re doing the things you need to keep your mind happy!
First, let’s start with foods- especially the ones you can be consuming during this time to boost your immunity.
Well pretty much all fruits and vegetables are on the table and will benefit you, but one’s that are sure to give you an extra nutrient kick include:
Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries
Some additional foods that are sure to make your body stronger to fight off foreign substances-
Healthy fats like-
Salmon, walnuts, olive oil, avocados, coconut oil, coconut, nut butters, hemp seeds
Great sources of protein-
Eggs, chicken, ground beef, turkey, chia seeds, plant protein from spirulina, kale, peanuts, chickpeas, quinoa
Indulgence is a good thing too! You need to have variety and give yourself foods that are not necessarily good for the body, but good for the soul. Bake some brownies, make a cake with whomever you’re quarantined with, create a new recipe that involves lots of sugar!
Of course this list is extremely short- whole, clean, nutritious foods, even if they don’t fall under this list, are sure to build your body’s defense and bring immense benefits for your overall health.
Disclaimer- this is not a post telling you that food will protect you or is your only defense against COVID. Food will simply benefit you but does not make you immune. You could eat the cleanest diet ever, and still develop COVID. Please follow CDC guidelines by washing hands, social distancing, and staying home!
Yummy, delicious, colorful foods are so important, but so is movement and mental health.
Whether or not you are working during this time, try to build a new routine. Make wake up early enough to get in a 30 minute walk, time to stretch, or meditate before work or taking care of the kids.
You don’t necessarily have to exercise or do high intensity workouts during this time if your body needs a break or is asking you not to- any movement is so great for your overall health! Even just getting outside.
Movement can look like
Ensuring your mental health is in check and practicing mindfulness can take the form of:
Virtual sessions with therapist
FaceTiming family members/friends
Watching an old favorite movie
Take this time to take a step back and ask yourself- how can I build the connection between my mind, body and soul? This is your time to create a new routine, habits, and a new normal. Despite uneasy feelings, anxiety, and uncertainty, remember to take care of yourself. These feelings are okay, it’s time to learn to find comfort in newness!