Here are some things you can do physically to stay safe and healthy during these turbulent times of uncertainty. The best way to protect yourself is to make sure your immune system is in top gear. If your immune response is strong you can resist the virus or recover from its effects.
- Vitamin C: the virus can be dramatically slowed or even stopped by the widespread use of high doses of Vit C, through supplements or intake of superfoods such as acai, camu camu, rose hips, berries like goji berry, Indian gooseberry or amla, blueberry, blackberry, cranberry, strawberry, raspberry, cherry, fruits like lemon, orange, tangerine, cantaloupe, grapefruit, kiwi, mango, papaya, pineapple, watermelon etc.
- Turmeric & ginger: consume lots of turmeric which is an excellent immune booster. Ginger and condiments like black pepper keep you warm inside. You can crush raw ginger, boil in water and drink it at intervals through the day; feel free to add honey and black pepper to it along with a dash of lime to strengthen its potency. Ginger water is great for alleviating cough and respiratory disorders naturally.
- Probiotics: probiotics not only ensure good gut health but also strengthens the immune system. You can take supplements or consume natural yogurt, kefir, kombucha etc.
- Hygiene: maintain personal hygiene, touch things with gloves or plastic, and wash hands frequently. Avoid touching your face!
- Isolation: avoid public places or socializing, minimize physical contact with others, also avoid touching metallic objects or anything for that matter in public places.
- Exercise or fast: if you can’t go out to exercise, try intermittent fasting. This is a great time to start healthy practices and make lifestyle shifts. Fasting reaps equal benefits as physical and mental exercises; it also produces more ketones than ketogenic diets, boosting brainpower, causing cellular regeneration, keeping you young, agile and healthy. To learn how to fast properly, read: the benefits of intermittent fasting.
- Get sun: stay in warm, well-ventilated, clean environments with fresh air and lots of sunlight.
- Ground yourself: get in touch with your body, connect with your root chakra and ground yourself. If you have a patio, back yard, nearby park or safe ground where you can touch natural soil like sand, grass, mud, or even hug a tree, this is a great stress buster, neutralizer and health booster. The idea is for your skin to touch the earth’s skin. To learn more about this, read: the healing nature of grounding.
- Sleep: make sure to get lots of sleep, catch up on lost sleep. Sleep is great for regulating circadian rhythms and replenishing the body’s natural immune mechanism.
- No stress: whatever you do, do not panic or stress at this time, which will achieve nothing but weaken your immune system. This is the time to rejuvenate your energies, not exhaust them. Take warm salt water baths to destress and clear negative energy.
- No junk: avoid fast food and junk food as they are a drain to the immune system causing inflammation in the body. Also avoid sugar at all costs, if you wish to maintain strong immunity.
- Hot food: eat hot foods, soups, broths and drink herbal teas or warm water to stay hydrated. Avoid cold foods like desserts and ice-creams right now.
- Healthy oils: try to cook with organic, cold pressed olive, coconut, mustard or sesame oil and avoid highly refined vegetable oils, like canola, cottonseed, corn, soya, safflower or sunflower oil that contribute to inflammation and impair our natural immune response.
- Stock up: get long lasting yet nutritious foods like nuts and seeds, dry fruits, olive oil & coconut oil, lentils, legumes, pulses, beans, chickpeas, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, plant based foods, herbs and condiments, pasta and bottled sauces, longer lasting veggies like onion, garlic, potato, sweet potato, butternut squash, pumpkin etc. and store in your house so you won’t have to go out much. You can also keep frozen vegetables and fruits for long term.
And most importantly, stay safe!