I’m sure you saw this topic coming.
With the COVID-19 pandemic happening all over the world, I know it’s a scary time for all of us, and I hope you are doing okay despite the circumstances. I’m feeling very grateful for the privilege of working from home, and I want to start this post off with a shout out to all the essential workers in healthcare, grocery stores, and foodservice. Where would we be without them?
Even though this virus brings so many hardships, I’m trying to stay focused on the opportunity to learn more about our bodies and what we can do to implement changes for our long-term health. This motivation started for me earlier this year when I caught a mild virus that ended up in subacute thyroiditis, aka inflammation of the thyroid gland. By taking my doctor’s recommended supplements, which wasn’t much, and eating anti-inflammatory foods that are gluten and dairy-free (based on my research), I’ll hopefully be free of this disease soon. But now that COVID-19 is quickly spreading throughout the U.S., I’m dedicating even more attention to my overall health.
I’ve been learning a lot from health experts who are sharing their knowledge on Instagram Live and their blogs/websites.
What I’ve Been Doing to Protect My Health
- Getting Enough Sleep: Our bodies need rest in order to stay healthy, so I aim to get 7–9 hours most nights. 8-10 on weekends if I can.
- Home Workouts: Since the gyms/studios are closed, I’ve been going on extra long walks with my dog and doing a 15-30 minute exercise video 4/5 days of the week. Now is a great time to support your favorite independent fitness gurus. Lately, I’ve been loving Melissa Wood. She has a 7-day free trial, so I highly recommend her workouts. I find her very genuine and lovely. Her Instagram is a must-follow!
- Meditation: Now that I have a little more time in the mornings, I’ve been incorporating a longer morning routine whenever I can – that includes meditation practice to relieve stress and boost my mental health.
- Clean Eating: To reduce inflammation, I’ve been sticking to whole foods such as salmon, fresh fruits, and vegetables.
- Avoiding Alcohol: While you may be tempted to drink out of stress or quarantine boredom, alcohol increases inflammation in the body and hinders your immune system. I’ll treat myself to the occasional glass of wine when I really need some stress relief, but otherwise, I’ve cut out drinking.
- Taking Daily Supplements: My current daily regimen includes probiotics, ashwagandha, elderberry, vitamins D3, C (I prefer natural sources like tangerine and orange), B12 and collagen (most days). To boost my immune system, I recently started using astragalus supreme. And since I’ve been diagnosed with anemia and a thyroid condition, I also take iron supplements and Gaia Herb’s Thyroid Support.
SHOP MY SUPPLEMENTS
I’ve also been learning a lot from health experts who are sharing their knowledge on Instagram Live. Dr. Taz, Dave Asprey, Kimberly Snyder, and Candice Kumai are some of my favorites to follow on IG and listen via their podcasts and Instagram lives – especially these weeks.
Here are some supplements and superfoods they recommend to help boost your immune system ( in addition to the ones I’m taking):
- Zinc – I still need to get this one.
- Magnesium – I still need to get this one too.
- Green Tea – I drink 1/2 every day!
- Bone Broth – I have a few boxes but need to cook them!
I highly recommend you research yourself and choose the supplements you think that is best for you! My favorite wellness/health site is Goop.com – not just the pandemic era but for the past few years actually. They just released a Netflix series just too – it’s called ‘Goop Lab‘. I’m obsessed.
** There’s some controversy around elderberry in regards to COVID-19. I asked Dr. Taz on Instagram Live, and she responded that it’s excellent for boosting your immune system and PREVENTING the virus. But if you’re showing symptoms and think you might have it, doctors say you should stop taking them no later than 48 hours after infection.
I hope this post helps you, and you’re all staying safe at home!
Photos by: Celina Kanyon