It sure feels like we are all going to get it as a result of these breakthrough variants like Delta, even with the vaccine, so let’s do everything possible to make our bodies strong! These are some tips we’ve gathered over the last few months on things we can do to empower ourselves to be more resilient as we move forward in this COVID world. Don’t wait until you are sick! These are suggestions to start now and incorporate into your daily routine. We are all different so please check with your doctor.
Move and build strength.
Our bodies are meant to move. One way exercise has been shown to improve immune function is by boosting your overall circulation, making it easier for immune cells and other infection-fighting molecules to travel more easily throughout your body. A new study has put the emphasis on strong muscle mass for a better immune system. Some easy ways to incorporate movement and strength into our daily life… walk (preferably outside), carry heavy things, take the stairs, park further away, embrace laundry and unloading the dishwasher! We can also hold plank or do squats for 30 seconds a couple times a day.
Benefits of sunlight include Vitamin D production, improved mood, deeper sleep, lower blood pressure, and enhanced immune system. Morning sunshine gives your eyes natural light to help with waking up and setting your circadian rhythm for the day. Midday sunshine is the best time to get UVB rays to help your body produce Vitamin D. Evening walks when the sun is setting naturally help your mind and body wind down. Fun fact: Infrared is 55% sunlight which is the healing wavelengths of the sun.
*ReSet has a large infrared sauna that can accommodate up to 4 people.
Eat whole food.
We need to nourish our bodies with protein, fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals while avoiding sugar and processed food. “Sugar affects the way your white blood cells attack bacteria.” explained board-certified internist and gastroenterologist Niket Sonpal. “Nutrient deficiencies can increase your risk level when warding off infection, and food items with high levels of refined sugar are usually nutritionally obsolete.” Try to get in the kitchen and cook! Simple dishes can be the most nourishing. Make extras so there are leftovers for lunch the next day.
Whole food is best, but supplements are sometimes needed. It is important to recognize that nutritional supplementation will not necessarily prevent infections, or cure disease, but may help decrease symptoms and facilitate recovery.
Cold shower rinse.
Just a cool rinse for 15-30 seconds stimulates the immune system. A study from England found that taking daily cold showers increased the numbers of disease-fighting white blood cells. The investigators at Britain’s Thrombosis Research Institute suggested that as the body tries to warm itself during and after a cold shower, metabolic rate speeds up and activates the immune system, which leads to the release of more white blood cells. Cold water is also a very powerful, proven way to increase vagus nerve activity…more on that below!
Take a deep breath.
COVID is thought to affect the nervous system by keeping it stuck in ‘fight or flight’ mode, leading to changes in heart rate, blood pressure and breathing, as well as symptoms of fear, worry and apprehension. Deep breathing stimulates the vagus nerve which has been shown to help shift the body out of fight or flight mode and help regain peace and calm, even during tough times.
7-9 hours, non-negotiable. According to the Sleep Foundation, sleep provides essential support to the immune system. Getting sufficient hours of high-quality sleep enables a well-balanced immune defense that features strong innate and adaptive immunity, efficient response to vaccines, and less severe allergic reactions.
Our immune system is highly dependent on the nutrients in our blood stream, and our blood stream is made mostly of water! If we don’t have enough water, we cannot properly transport nutrients to each organ system. Staying well hydrated is also very important for detoxification pathways, increasing lymphatic draining and making sure we are clearing out any foreign invaders and other waste materials.
Electrolytes are an important part of that process. Electrolytes allow for the transfer of messages throughout the networks of your body and support things like maintaining fluid balance and blood sugar levels, DNA synthesis, muscle contraction, and hormonal and immune health.
*ReSet offers LMNT (LMNT* is a simple electrolyte replacement drink and contains just sodium, potassium, and magnesium - 3 electrolytes shown to impact so many elements of health, including immune health.) We also offer lymphatic drainage.
We don't realize how our body is internalizing and reacting to this constant barrage of stressful information. Be mindful of the time you spend absorbing this information. Meditation and gratitude are the best antidotes to stress and all its ill effects.
Do something that makes you happy.
A study in PubMed shows that a person with “Positive Emotional Style” (PES) was associated with a lower risk of developing an upper respiratory illness and with reporting fewer symptoms that expected from concurrent objective markers of illness. These results indicate that PES may play a more important role in health than previously thought. It may be petting your dog or cat, talking to a friend, hugging someone you love, being kind to all those you encounter. What makes you happy?
*ReSet can make you happy with all our services! Bring a friend.