Life has slowed as we all do our best to remain healthy, balance our news consumption, and contain the spread of this virus. One thing I’ve been thinking about is how we can find balance and live in the space that exists between panic and indifference.
I’m similarly wondering how we can practice mindful preparation while also caring for our bodies and our communities. Because while it’s not healthy to live in a state of fear we do want to keep informed and practice caution. Staying mindful of our personal health and activity also protects and honors the concerns of those most vulnerable and susceptible to sickness in our communities.
Staying mindful of our personal health and activity protects and honors the concerns of those most susceptible to sickness.
As well as the natural remedies that support the immune system. We felt it important to share these tips with you all, our readers, for your own research process and as a way to offer solidarity in this time of uncertainty. You are not alone. We are all connected and in this together.
So, as a way to support our health and ease anxiety, here are the wellness and immunity tips we’re mindfully practicing:
Hydration is always essential, but it’s even more necessary to be drinking water when viruses are going around. Water “helps carry oxygen to your cells, which results in properly functioning systems, preventing toxic build-up in the body.”
Tip for keeping hydrated is to drink 16 ounces of water first thing after waking up, as well as a large glass of water with each meal. I also enjoy sipping on a mug of hot lemon water as I ease into my day. This morning habit encourages me to reach for my water bottles much more often.
Our livers play a significant role in ridding our bodies of harmful toxins, so distracting them with the task of alcohol elimination isn’t ideal when we’re warding off viruses.
Supplement with vitamins & essential oils
Supplements and vitamins may be another simple way to support immunity. Elderberries, for example, are rich in antioxidants and have been used for centuries as a natural remedy. Whenever I feel sick, or viruses are spreading, I load up on elderberry syrup and take a women’s multivitamin with Vitamin C, D, E, and B6.
Additionally, experts believe certain essential oils may support immune health. In my experience, lemon, lavender, oregano, and peppermint oils have offered respite. Experts also suggests Thieves oil, which can be wonderful in a homemade immunity tea or as an indigestible vinegar blend
Nourish your body with healthy foods
Food also plays a factor in ensuring our organs are healthy and functioning correctly. Consuming colorful and organic foods, when accessible, supports our immune system. Nutritionists recommend eating an anti-inflammatory diet to promote gut health, as that’s where most of our immune cells live.
healthy foods include leafy greens, chickpeas, turmeric, and chia seeds. Our team also loves beets, kimchi, sauerkraut, and other foods rich in fiber and pre- and probiotics.
Prioritize rest, hygiene, & time in nature
Keeping our homes and work spaces tidy are precautionary measures that can significantly affect immunity.
There are practices we can incorporate into our routine to support immune health as well. Yoga and breathing exercises, for example, minimize stress and release toxins from our body. Hiking and time spent in nature likewise promote balance, reduce anxiety, and can support your overall wellbeing.
Live mindfully & release fear
we can support our body by practicing present and mindful living. Anxiety and stress can compromise our immune systems, so while it’s essential to stay informed about contagious viruses and take proactive measures, it’s even more necessary to breathe, meditate, and release fear.
Your stress response and your immune response are intimately connected,” states by Experts. “Our body has the innate wisdom to heal itself when sick, but it needs us to participate by getting out of the way.
If you begin feeling sick or are worried about contagious viruses, remain calm and release unnecessary anxiety or fear.
No matter how you’re feeling this week and in the weeks to come, remember that your response and feelings are valid. Viruses can instill fear and divide communities, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We encourage an approach that’s both cautious and calm. Let us love our neighbors, especially those most vulnerable in our community, by checking in and offering support.