Even as we begin to emerge at level 2, Covid-19 is still prominent in most of our minds – times are still strange and uncertain. It doesn’t yet feel as if the threat has passed. And this may not change for some time. We still need to protect ourselves, and each other. Practising good hygiene and sticking to the rules is still super important. (Washing hands frequently, coughing or sneezing into your sleeve, cleaning surfaces regularly, safe distancing, and keeping gatherings small etc.)
But what else can you do to protect your health, and the health of others?
You can support your immune system by:
✅ Eating well – choosing simple, unprocessed, whole foods – include plenty of vegetables and fruit, especially vitamin C rich foods such as citrus, kiwifruit, berries, feijoas, capsicum, and broccoli. Specific foods such as garlic, ginger, onions and yoghurt can be helpful. Zinc is another key nutrient for a robust immune system – some good food sources include pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, oysters, meat, beans, lentils, chickpeas, almonds, and cheese.
✅ Staying well hydrated
✅ Getting plenty of rest and sleep
✅ Minimising stress
✅ Getting some sunshine and fresh air each day, and regular exercise/physical activity
✅ Remaining calm and positive 😊
Building healthy habits can be easier said than done – minimising stress for example! And everyone’s experience of this current situation, (and life in general) is different and unique to them.
We’re all ‘works in progress’, experiencing our own versions of life on our own pathways. Life is an evolving, everchanging process – a constant state of perfect imperfection and inspiring incompletion.
‘Two steps forward’, and sometimes many ‘steps back’, and on we go.
How can a naturopathic approach help support a strong, resilient immune system?
A naturopathic approach can help you to figure out what the priorities might be for you, tweaking where things may be out of balance and having a negative impact on your health and wellbeing. Where might you be able to make sustainable lifestyle and nutritional change, so you can evolve into your healthiest, happiest, most resilient self?
Natural medicines can be helpful to provide extra immune support and many herbs have constituents that may be natural inhibitors of coronaviruses, through their ‘anti-viral’, ‘immune system enhancing’, ‘immune system modulating’, ‘anti-inflammatory’, and ‘antioxidant’ herbal actions for example, to name just a few.
These treatments have the potential to support general health and immune resilience, however, please note, they are not being claimed to have any proven action in preventing or treating Covid-19 infection.
If you’d like further naturopathic support at this time, book an appointment for a consultation. I’d love to help!