|At this time of lockdown and possible long-term social distancing, lots of people are (thank goodness) now saying that having a strong immune system is important and may well reduce the risk of suffering from the Covid19 virus or any other health condition.|
Here are my 5 top tips starting with putting the kettle on 🙂
1. Make a pot of Immuni-tea! Add hot water to a pot with:
slices of ginger
sprig of thyme
honey to taste (ideally local and raw)
optional slice of lemon
2. Take these top 5 Supplements:
Vitamin C: 1-2000 mg daily
Vitamin D3: 2-4000 IU’s daily
Magnesium: 400 mg daily (in citrate, malate, chelate, or chloride form)
Zinc: 20 mg daily
Selenium: 100 mcg (micrograms) daily OR 1 brazil nut per day!
3. Move and dance!
Bring out your inner dancer.
Add an element of play, (by the way, a small smile de-stresses and changes your biochemistry, for the better). Seek moments of play throughout the day, skip, laugh, hum, sing, growl, make shapes with your body. How about I minute of playful movement after a stressful call. How about joining my online zoom Nia class!
Don’t exercise, just move! If the body liked to exercise everybody would be doing it!
4. Get out in nature
*Walk or do some gardening, even grow some veg! (see previous blogs)
*Breathe in the wonderful fresh air.
*Not many people in your life that you can hug right now? Hug a tree!
*Sunshine is good for us in many ways, the most well know one being the production of vitamin D by the skin, providing it is getting UVB rays. Not so easy in the UK, even on a sunny day, due to our latitude! Do you know if you have an ideal serum level of vitamin D of at least 40 ng/ml (100nmol/L)?
Getting your Vit D tested is wise but at this time you may want to organise it yourself. For the last 8 years I have been sending my pin-prick test card to Grassrootshealth (btw I’m not being paid). This testing helps me to keep my Vit D within a target of 40-60 ng/ml or 100-150 nmol/L. This level helps give my immune system the nutrient it needs to support optimum health. Sunshine may also lower blood pressure by stimulating the skin to release some of its stored nitric oxide, which is a potent vasodilator.
5. Relax to de-stress, find joy in ordinary life
*Meditate – I know it’s not for everyone. And I used to be one of those people. Now I meditate before even getting out of bed in the morning. That sets me up for the day. Use whatever method appeals or has been recommended by a friend.
*take an Epsom salt bath
*paint, draw, make a mandala
*laugh – watch comedy
Let’s make Health great again!