Here are some suggestions to help you stay healthy during the spread of the Coronavirus:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. You’ve heard this many times, but it really does help. Get into the practice of washing your hands first thing in the door – either when you arrive home, or at the office.
- Do not touch your face or ears.
- Use hand sanitizer.
- Sanitize the shopping cart or basket when you shop.
- Sanitize high-touch areas, including cellphones & other devices, TV remotes, shared surfaces, door knobs, toilet handles, faucet handles, car steering wheels & door handles, keys.
- Avoid crowds, as one sneeze can allow the virus to travel up to 9 feet.
- Sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
- Also, the Covid19 virus stays alive and active on surfaces for hours (clothing, shopping carts, doorknobs, countertops, desks, etc), so make sure to sanitize regularly.
Boosting Your Immune System
There are many ways to keep your immune system strong.
- Eat a healthful diet, with lots of cooked & fresh vegetables, including leafy greens, which are very nutritious. Eat berries, which are nutritious, have antioxidants, and are low glycemic.
- As a rule, at every meal add more fresh and cooked vegetables.
- Avoid sugar, processed foods, and fast food, which are devoid of nutrients, and typically are laden with artificial ingredients and too much sodium.
- Get enough protein, which is important.
- Stay hydrated. Our body needs plenty of water every day.
- Add fresh herbs to your food. Rosemary, chives, thyme, oregano, parsley all have healing attributes and contain vitamins and minerals.
- Vitamin C – involved in almost every process in our body, and very important for our immune system.
- Vitamin D – an important factor in our overall health and immunity (most of us are low)
- Zinc – up to 99mg per day is said to boost our immune system. We don’t get enough in our usual diet typically.
- Elderberry has been suggested as beneficial to keeping your immune system strong. There are reports that it may inhibit the Coronavirus from gaining a foothold in the body. In addition, Elderberry provides many health and immune building benefits. It can be purchased in many forms, from extracts, lozenges, and syrups, to dried berries from which you can make your own extract or syrup.
- Dried ginger (look in the spice aisle at the grocery) is warming and upward lifting, and is used in eastern cultures for colds and flu. It’s used to help open air passages too.
- Cinnamon is another spice that has healing benefits. It’s warming and is hot in effect, as well as helping with insulin resistance and diabetes.
These are just a few of many ways in which to boost, or keep, your immune system, so you can stay healthy during the spread of the Coronavirus, and every day!
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