These past few months I have taken a back seat and just processed what is currently happening in our country. Fear is such a powerful emotion that leaves us feeling like we do not have control over the situation. While we cannot control if we contract COVID-19 or any other illness, we do control our lifestyle and daily choices.
That is where our power is. We can choose to live lifestyles that support a healthy body and mind.
At first, I am not going to lie, I was very anxious about COVID-19. There was so much unknown and so many terrifying possibilities. But I realized I cannot let my family live in this state of fear. Fear does nothing for us but weaken our body and mind.
I leaned into trusting God has a plan for our lives and trusting the body that he made for us. I educated myself with the real statistics on the virus and not the ones the media is pushing to create more fear. I started researching practitioners that encouraged health through natural means.
Head over to my Instagram where I share daily facts from these practitioners and also interesting studies about the virus!
The human immune system is a remarkable thing. I mean just think about it, it has been fighting off viruses for billions of years. Our creator made our bodies warriors as long as we treat it the way it was intended to be treated. That is the catch. We have been mistreating our bodies and allowing them to get weaker.
But you have the power and ability to strengthen your body, no matter what age, race, or health circumstances.
As much as I would like to hope other entities have the best intentions for our health, I just do not see it. No one is educating individuals on how to build their body up to be able to fight these viruses. In fact, I have seen so many well-intentioned practitioners get censored for sharing how powerful Vitamin C & D are against this virus.
The best thing we can do for ourselves during this time is educate ourselves on how to naturally boost our immune systems. We must fuel our bodies and minds with the best foods, thoughts, and clean water.
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Tips for Naturally Boosting Your Immune System
1. Eat Plenty of Fruits & Vegetables
I am sure you see this everywhere but fill your plates with FRESH food!! I limit our process food intake as much as possible so our body has a break of processing all of those harsh ingredients. We make sure to have a variety of fruits/veggies that we consume daily since they each have unique qualities they offer your body. Aim to have as many colors on your plate as possible!
Now is the time to research the food that best serves our body. I know it can be overwhelming, but make slow changes towards healthy eating habits. Every little bit counts.
I look for foods that contain vitamins A, C, D, E, Zinc, Selenium, and Magnesium to give the immune system that extra boost in strength.
2. Quality Sleep
Sleeping is our body’s time to heal which is very important when trying to strengthen our immune system. Try to get the whole family on a proper sleeping schedule, mom & dad included!
I have seen a lot of pediatricians recommend 10-14 hours of sleep for young children and 8-10 hours for adults. If your schedule does not allow for sufficient time at night, make sure to schedule in a nap for additional rest time. Naps are very beneficial for adults too!
Creating a schedule that allows sufficient wind-down time before rest is important for both adults & children. We aim to have screens off at least two hours before our girls go to sleep. Unfortunately, it has been harder to limit our screen time before bed since that is time for us to get tasks done in our current phase of life.
3. Get Outside
Our bodies need fresh air & sunshine more than ever. Turn off your screens and get out in nature! Go for walks, garden, read outside, let your children play and get dirty! If you have a pool or have a local beach even better!
Most days we can squeeze in about 2 hours of outside time. Late morning/early afternoon we go to the pool and in the evenings we will take a family walk. If we aren’t doing those activities we will head to the beach or park for a few hours.
This is great for Melina (who is 3) to hopefully find some friends with who she can socialize with. Now more than ever I feel that it is important to make sure your children have socialization with their peers. I know it makes her day when she finds a new friend and shares what she discovered about them.
While outside I like to take my shoes off and ground with the earth. If you are new to grounding, it is the process of being barefoot or sitting on the ground so that you can be electrically connected to the earth. It is pretty amazing that such a simple thing as walking on the bare ground has been known to:
-Neutralize Free Radicals
4. Let Your Body Absorb The Sun
This year I have decided to cut back on the amount of sunscreen that we apply onto our skin for two reasons.
- It is really hard to find a sunscreen that actually has CLEAN & SAFE ingredients…(Please google them if you haven’t!)
- Sunscreen could prevent your body from producing Vitamin D from the sun.
There have been several medical professionals who have confirmed hat Vitamin D is important for the body to be able to fight off COVID and other viruses. According Mercy Medical Center, 42% of Americans are Vitamin D deficient! That is almost half of the US population!!
The Vitamin D our body produces from sun exposure is known to build healthy teeth and bones and used by our immune cells to produce cathelicidin and chemical which kills bacteria.
My husband and I grew up with the idea that too much sun is bad. However, if you allow your skin to slowly ease into sun exposure without sunscreen, it can be very beneficial for making sure you & your family are getting enough Vitamin D.
We started off going outside early in the morning for short periods of time until our skin could handle being out in the sun in the midday for some time. We have done this process as a whole family, even my daughter Delilah who just turned 1. Her cheeks will seldomly become a bit rosy for a few hours and then fades into a tan. Interesting enough, she is by far the tannest one in the family!
5. Active Lifestyle
We all know the impact that moving our body does for our health. Now is the time to make some type of physical activity part of your routine.
When our state first went into lockdown, I was on a roll with working out. In fact, most days we did it as a whole family! As encouraging as that was, as the days moved on, it eventually fell off my routine. We started doing daily walks outside and being active in other ways with the nice weather.
Find what works best for you right now and move your body!! If it is a 15 minute walk…do it! Your physical & mental health will thank you!
I know mine does.
6. Human Connection
Get together with people in your life that make you feel good! It is important that you focus your time and energy on relationships that keep you in a positive mindset.
According to Harvard Health, there are multiple studies that show individuals who have strong healthy relationships have fewer health problems and actually live longer.
I have found that going to our pool, going to parks, and keeping in touch with my good friends has been a huge help during these times.
Connect and socialize as much as you can. If you cannot be there physically, reach out via one of the many ways with technology.
If you know you have certain vitamins or minerals that you have a deficiency in it is a good idea to make sure you have found a trusted supplemntation. Always research your supplements as the FDA does not have strict regulations on these products so it is very difficult to confirm the quality.
Our family currently takes Elderberry Syrup daily to support our immune system against illnesses. Elderberries contain antioxidants that assist to lower cholesterol, improve vision, and boost the immune system. They can help reduce inflammation within the body and even protect your heart.
I purchase a kit from ImmunoTea that contains: Organic Elderberry, Organic GojiBerry, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Ginger, Organic Clove, Organic Orange Peel, and Organic Rose Hip.
All I have to do is boil some water, let it simmer for about an hour and then add desired honey. I love it because I know exactly what is in the syrup and am supporting a small shop as well!
Other supplementation lines that I believe are high qualitiy are:
Leefy Organics Tumeric, Black Pepper & Ginger Blend for Heart Health, Brain Function & Reduced Inflamation
MaryRuths Organic Iconic Zinc, Liquid Probiotic, Vitamin C Drops Etc.
NOW Affordable & Transparent Supplement company that carries a very large variety
8. Weekly Detox Bath
Our bodies are constantly being bombarded with toxins. Even if we have a clean diet, other environmental factors expose us to toxins. To ensure our bodies do not have a burden of toxins, it is a good idea to detox often. My favorite way to do this is with a detox bath with Epsom salts.
Epsom salt is great for easing inflammation, reducing aches, aiding in relaxation, reducing stress, and increases magnesium levels. You can add your desired essential oils concoction to add additional benefits. This is a great way to remove heavy metals in our bodies!
Fill tub with warm water, add 2 cups of Epsom salt and soak for at least 10 minutes!
I hope you leave my site feeling empowered to take back control of you and your family’s health by these simple lifestyle changes to boost your immune system naturally.
Let me know in the comments how you are supporting your mind & body during these times.
Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.