There has never been a better time than now to focus on building your immunity – for yourself as well as your family and loved ones. Boosting your immunity through a healthy diet, positive lifestyle and new, nourishing routines means your body will become more resilient, and better able to cope with whatever you throw at it. A strong immune system increases your chances of only experiencing mild to moderate symptoms and recovering well if you contract any type of virus, and it’s a great thing to focus on while you have some extra time on your hands.
Good quality food is a privilege at the best of times, but can feel indulgent during financial uncertainty. However, prioritising healthy options over the likes of alcohol, coffee and sugary comfort foods might allow a little extra room in the budget, and you’ll reap the benefits in the long run.
It is reasonable that you have stocked the freezer with prepared foods since they will last longer. Just don’t start with them. Start with the fresh foods you have on hand and get creative. You have time to cook now, so make it a pleasure rather than a necessity!
Protein from lean animal sources and plant-based versions can boost immunity by regulating existing cells and generating new ones. Plant-based protein sources such as nuts and seeds also provide antioxidants, while meat, shellfish, and legumes supply zinc, the mineral that helps maintain immune cells and heal wounds. As the temperature drops embrace soups and stews, which provide immune-boosting amino acids and minerals, while the heat helps open up congestion.
Probiotics are considered the “good” bacteria in your gut. These beneficial live microorganisms are the first line of defence for anything you ingest, and they protect all other organs in your body before anything has the chance to circulate through your bloodstream. Probiotic-rich foods include yoghurt, kefir, kombucha, miso, and sauerkraut, or consider adding in a supplement like Imbibe Beauty Renewal Probiotic Supplement, a beauty-focused, multi-strain probiotic concentrate that promotes gut health and glowing skin.
We’re not saying you need to cut out alcohol completely, but consider taking this time to cut back a little if you’re a regular drinker and embrace gut-friendly kombucha or herbal tea.
Water is of the utmost importance, whether you are trying to avoid getting sick or already fighting something. Since our body’s fluid needs increase when fighting infection, drinking an extra two glasses of water plus your daily minimum can fuel regeneration of immune-fighting lymphatic cells to get your body feeling stronger.
Physical activity is a great way to boost immunity and support mental wellness. There are plenty of ways to engage in movement at home and this is especially important while in isolation. Try online yoga classes and body resistance work outs, and if you can get outdoors using social distancing, enjoy going for walks and discovering the wonder of your local parks and greenspaces. Exposure to fresh air and Vitamin D from the sun are absolute essentials when it comes to for your mood and respiratory system.
First and foremost – remember that fear is highly contagious and weakens the immune system, so try your best to stay calm for yourself and others. Practice mindfulness, mediation and positive affirmations if that’s your buzz, or just take time to do five, focused belly breaths when things feel a little frantic. As social distancing can be detrimental for your mental wellbeing, make sure to stay in contact with friends and family via phone or video calls , both of which feel a little more ‘real’ and connected than a hurried txt.