In light of the recent coronavirus outbreak, we hope this message finds you well. We know that in these uncertain times it can be easy to panic about the unknown. However, there are many steps you can take to maintain your health and help flatten the curve. Our team here at Jeeo Health Center, has compiled a list of measures that you can start taking today to help strengthen your immune system and keep you and your family healthy.
- Wash your hands frequently. You’ve probably heard this a million times in the past few weeks, and it is also included in the CDC guidelines for reducing the spread of COVID-19. This is especially important if you are spending time outside of your home or after you sneeze or cough. Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is important to your health in general, but it is especially important in regards to COVID-19.
- Turmeric – Using turmeric is a natural way to help boost your immune system by increasing the immunomodulating capacity of the body. Turmeric has also been shown to help fight symptoms of depression which can be helpful as we spend more time alone in our homes while practicing social distancing. Turmeric can improve your overall mood and help balance the symptoms that are a result of stress.
- Garlic – Garlic is not only a tasty addition to your favorite dishes, but is also another natural way to help boost that immune system. Much like the benefits of turmeric, garlic can help improve mental health and immune function. Garlic contains compounds that are known to improve the response of white blood cells that are responsible for fighting off dangerous viruses. In order to maximize the benefits of garlic, we recommend crushing or slicing it and letting it stand for at least 10 minutes before cooking. This will allow time for those compounds to work their magic before they make their way into your body. While the taste may be strong, the more garlic you use, the better if you are looking to reap the most benefits. We recommend using at least 2 cloves per meal if your recipe allows for it.
- Ginger – Ginger has become increasingly popular as an additive to many smoothies, juices, and even as ginger shots to improve immune response. Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can be very beneficial when you are trying to maintain your health. While ginger can be an acquired taste, when paired with honey and lemon or even as an ingredient in a tasty smoothie filled with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables it can be a tasty, healthy treat that will help you combat illness.
- Probiotics – Probiotics are mainly used to help reintroduce healthy bacteria back into the digestive system. However, did you know that they can have other health benefits, too? Probiotics can help to improve some mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and stress. Certain types of probiotics have also been known to help keep your heart healthy and boost your immune system. While inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria, probiotics promote the growth of antibodies that help your body fight disease.
- Multivitamins – Multivitamins are often recommended as a daily supplement to help give your body the vitamins and minerals you might not fully receive from food alone. By fueling your body with the necessary nutrients it needs to function properly, you will help give yourself the best chance at fighting off illness.
- Zinc – Much like the others on this list, zinc also can improve the function of your immune system. Many people use zinc to help prevent and treat the common cold and other infections. Many people consume enough zinc in their diet, but zinc supplements are available in pill and liquid form. Be sure to take any zinc supplements with food to avoid upsetting your stomach.
- Vitamin D – Vitamin D is best absorbed from the sun, so be sure to take some time to get outside during this time at home. Getting some sun can be as easy as taking your dog for a walk or enjoying a meal on your patio. Be sure to wear a protective broad spectrum sunblock and practice social distancing when going outdoors. If you are unable to safely leave your home or if practicing safe social distancing is more difficult in your community, you can still get plenty of Vitamin D from your diet and by taking a vitamin D supplement.
While the COVID-19 virus is still being researched and there is no known cure, the best offense is always a great defense. Taking these precautions can help to strengthen your immune system, which in turn will help improve your health and strengthen your body. It is important to note that the best way to protect yourself from contracting COVID-19 is by limiting your exposure and following the guidelines given by the CDC for social distancing and preventative measures. For more information about how you can better guard and boost your immune system, contact Jeeo Health Center today.