With the coronavirus becoming a bigger concern world wide, I know everyone is feeling nervous and wishing there was something more they could do to prevent the spread of covid-19.
While we should always be vigilant with hand washing, and even self quarantining when we are ill, now more than ever those simple steps can help.
Today I’m talking all about how you can QUICKLY boost your immune system to better fend off the coronavirus as well as other illnesses that come our way.
Watch the video now to learn how.
I want to take a quick minute to personally invite you to my brand new coaching community over on Facebook, plant-based health for women. This is an amazing group of women all striving to lose weight and get healthy through a plant-based diet. I would love for you to join us! Just click the link down below to get started once the video is over.
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So, although we want to do our very best to prevent getting sick in the first place through proper hand washing and physical distancing, BOOSTING your immune system will help you feel more confident about your current situation.
It will also give you a sense of control in this very difficult time, just knowing that you are doing everything possible to help your body do what it needs to in order to fight the virus.
AND I WANT TO SAY, If you’ve been struggling with your health, because of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, or type two diabetes, there has never been a more crucial time to start to make some big LIFESTYLE changes today.
To help you get started, I’ve created a jump start DIY program for you.
I realize that not everyone has the time or ability to commit to a one on one coaching relationship. This program is designed to give you all of the tools needed to SUCCESSFULLY adopt a balanced plant-based diet.
My program will walk you through:
Exactly what foods you should and shouldn’t be eating for the healthiest results and most weight-loss
How to plan your meals around a new protein-not meat
How to make sure you’re eating the right amount of food
How to properly plan a balanced vegan diet to make sure you’re getting the proper nutrition
With less than an hour of your time, you’ll have all of the essential information you need to make a healthy vegan transition today, plus the tools to put your plan into action.
These actionable steps to quickly boost your immune system will help you take back control and help your body’s immune system work to it’s best ability to help keep you healthy.
Here are 5 things you can do today to boost your immune system now.
1. Your diet.
We all know the phrase an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but how often do we really follow this advice? Now more than ever it’s important to feed our bodies in a way that is health-promoting. Here’s what you should be eating every single day:
Every single day we should be getting 6-7 servings of vegetables. You want to make sure you’re eating green leafy vegetables as part of these 6-7 servings as well.
Some easy ways to do this are throwing frozen spinach into a soup or stew, blending up some kale into your smoothie, or even having a side of broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage or salad with lunch and dinner.
In addition to our veggies, we need to be getting in a lot of fruits. Especially the dark blue and red berries.
These are packed with antioxidants and other health-promoting micronutrients. Try having some frozen blueberries in your oatmeal in the morning.
Protein is vital to how our bodies heal. While you are in no danger of being protein deficient on a plant-based diet, as long as you are eating enough, the following foods are very high in protein and fiber:
Try having chickpeas, lentils, black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, tofu, and tempeh daily.
2.Avoid ALL animal products including meat, dairy, and eggs
Animal products contribute to inflammation in our bodies. When our immune system is triggered by an inflammatory response from the food we eat, then it is not working to fight off true threats like the coronavirus. Eat plant-based whole foods to keep your immune system running smoothly.
3. Sleep is life
Sleep is how our bodies re-charge and recover. My best tips for getting enough sleep are to stay away from tech such as your phone-especially if your reading the news or other disturbing content.
Read a book, cuddle with your partner, have a bath. Relax and de-stress before you get ready to sleep. Try and turn in by 10pm.
4. Exercise every single day
This is absolutely going to help you sleep better as well. Even 10 minutes a day is better than nothing.
I always encourage my coaching clients to start incorporating at least 10 minutes every single day if they are not used to being active.
This habit will soon turn into 15, 20, 30 or even more activity daily.
Exercise will help decrease stress, increase sleep, and deal with anxieties from the coronavirus and other life stresses.
5. Reduce your stress
We are busy. We lead very busy lives, and especially at a time of uncertainty like this, we take on a lot of stress.
This week I want you to focus on gratitude for all the good things that are happening right now in your life. I want you to take time for yourself every single day to reflect on how you’re doing.
When we allow ourselves time to really check-in and experience our feelings, then we can actually deal with them. If journaling is for you-do that. Whatever ways you have for dealing with stress, now is the time for self-care.
With the coronavirus being such a new disease and with so little information about it, it can cause you to feel helpless, anxious and fearful.
By focusing on actionable steps to quickly boost your immune system at home, along with proper handwashing, and staying away from large gatherings, you can feel like you are doing everything possible and in your control.
I hope this video helps you, and I wish you all the health and happiness you can handle.
Don’t forget to join me over at plant-based health for women so we can continue the conversation there.
Megan Kerry is a Vegan Lifestyle Educator and Licensed Practical Nurse. Her content focuses on vegan recipes and ethical living. She is a mom of four children, a long time vegan, and an even longer time foodie. She loves veganizing any and all dishes and sharing her recipes and lifestyle tips with all of you!