During these uncertain times, people are wondering how to boost their immune systems to fight against viruses and other diseases. While we stand by the CDC’s recommendation of social distancing, many people require their daily vitamin D and other mood-boosting chemicals to keep their physical and mental health in check. For those who can’t travel outside their apartment or home, there are several ways to stay healthy in mind, body and soul during this time. Here are a few helpful we hope you will find useful.
- Infrared light – Infrared saunas are 7x more detoxifying than traditional saunas. They can give the same mood-boosting and detoxifying effects that one would get from a workout, without actually having to work out. In lieu of going to the spa to get a sweat on, there are several at-home technologies that provide infrared light at home, including the Higher DOSE infrared spa blanket. It’s a great way to boost the oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin that your body craves. Infrared light can also help boost your immune system by increasing circulation and production of white blood cells. As the body’s temperature elevates, it creates a “false fever”, triggering white blood cells and creating a hostile environment for bacteria and viruses within the body.
- Experiment with cooking – Some staple ingredients you might have stocked up in your pantry will not only keep you fed, but can boost your immune system. For example, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, garlic boosts your immune system and prevents heart disease. With plenty of time to cook, people can experiment with several recipes from delicious golden milk and “fire cider” to healthy immunity shots with lemon, garlic and ginger to kill off bacteria.
- Reduce your alcohol intake – As tempting as it might be to crack open that bottle of chardonnay right now with all the free time, alcohol is a downer that can have detrimental effects on mental health and mood, as well as the immune system. Stick to water in order to protect mood and build healthier habits overall.
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- Switch off social media – While we’re all trying to stay socially connected, all sorts of articles about the state of the world and viruses can give a person massive anxiety. While it’s important to stay informed, take a few moments, or maybe a day or two, to step away from the computer. Instead, call a close friend or find other places to connect with each other virtually, or go on a walk in nature to get some fresh air.
- Laugh more – That saying “laughter is the best medicine” is actually rooted in science. Laughter helps to decrease stress levels and boost mood chemicals. So turn on your favorite comedy special or tell a funny story to a friend over Zoom.
Stay safe, stay healthy- we will be getting past these scary times soon!