A healthy lifestyle, involving healthy eating, regular exercise and enough sleep, helps one’s immune system to be in its best shape possible to tackle pathogens, an important consideration amid the COVID-19 pandemic especially so with the lack of a vaccine. Catherine Brillantes-Turvill, president and co-owner of Nurture Wellness Village and Nurture Farmacy suggests we can do a lot more to strengthening our immunity system. “Aside from frequent hand washing and good personal hygiene, maintaining a healthy immune system is vital to fight the COVID virus. At Nurture, we follow a mind-body-spirit approach to boosting one’s immunity under the acronym CHOICES.”
Choose to be positive, control stress. Studies show that positive people have stronger immune systems and live an average of eight years longer than pessimists. Managing stress through mindfulness, breathing techniques, yoga, and meditation go a long way in strengthening our immune system.
Healthy eating, hydrate with water. Food fuels our bodies, so choose nutrient-dense super foods like dark green vegetables. Avoid food loaded with high fat, and high sugar, as well as preservatives and artificial flavors. Drink lots of water because it transports vital nutrients and oxygen to our tissues and cells, cleans out waste and toxins, and helps convert food to energy among many other functions.
Oxygenate through movement and exercise. Exercise improves blood circulation, strengthens muscles, and oxygenates the cells in our body, allowing for the increased nutrition of our organs. Psychologically, exercise makes us feel better by releasing endorphins, the happiness hormones, and by balancing our mood. So, get up and move!
Immunity builders: sunshine, healthy juices, vitamins. Sunshine is a good source of Vitamin D which boosts our immune system and improves resistance against sickness. Fruits and vegetable juices bring nutrients straight to our cells. Supplementing your diet with vitamins also boost our immune system, convert food into energy and repair cellular damage.
Cleanse your body, mind, and environment. Cleansing with water or juice fast helps our bodies to reboot. Clearing our mind and environment by limiting the amount of negative information we receive can help us regain our emotional balance and lifts our spirits.
Embrace natural healing therapies. Massage, herbal medicines, mind-body medicine (e.g. meditation, Yoga, Qigong, Tai chi, acupuncture), manipulative and body-based practices (including spinal manipulation and massage therapy) are types of complementary and alternative medicine that can renew and refresh mind, body, and soul.
Sleep, social support, spirituality. A good night’s sleep plays a very important role in the proper functioning of our metabolism, memory, learning, immune functions, and our general physical, mental and emotional well-being. Studies have shown that people who are socially active tend to be healthier than loners, and that those with a spiritual belief system have longer, healthier and happier lives.
More than ever, we need to keep our immune system at its peak and we only need to be mindful of our daily choices for a healthier physique in the midst of the pandemic.
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