Caring for our health and maintaining the strength of our bodies
For many months, we have had the collective human experience of navigating a global pandemic. By now, we are all familiar with the recommended best strategies to reduce risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19: hand-washing, wearing masks, and social distancing. It is paramount that we not only are consistent in following these preventative measures, but that we are also caring for our health and maintaining the strength of our bodies.
In recent years, we have learned much about the link between emotional well-being and physical health. One of the biggest favors you can do for your immune system is introduce stress reduction into your daily regimen. Find a type of exercise that you truly enjoy or perhaps try something new altogether to mix things up. A friendly reminder that here at Samaritan Center, we continue to offer FREE Tai chi and Pilates online on a weekly basis, so if you have always been curious about either or both of these, please sign up! Moving our bodies is essential to feeling well, as it will promote endorphin release and help regulate mood.
Getting quality sleep?
How is your sleep quality? I’m sure it’s not lost on any of us what a difference a proper night’s sleep can make. When we rest, our bodies are detoxifying and replenishing themselves. Try removing any technology from your bedroom, so that your nervous system won’t be over-stimulated and you can get the rest you need. A well-rested body will give your immune system a leg up.
Vitamins and minerals for immunity
As detailed in part 1 of this blog, taking Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, and Zinc are all excellent choices to support the body’s natural immune function. I also suggest adding B complex, which specifically supports the health of the nervous system. Additionally, Reishi or “Ling Zhi,” is a Chinese herb whose name translates to “mushroom of immortality.” While I cannot promise that this herb will make you immortal, I can confidently recommend it for strengthening the immune system and specifically the lungs. Another wonderful Chinese herb, also a mushroom, is Cordyceps. A powerful adaptogenic, it helps the body maintain homeostasis under stress. It both supports adrenal health and the replenishment of deeper energy stores.
What’s on your plate?
Another important thing to consider is what is on your plate. Being human, we sometimes tend to eat comfort food when we are stressed out. While there is certainly room for compassion around that behavior, we are better off choosing and preparing nutrient-rich meals for ourselves.
Be your own chef
It is a fantastic self-care practice to lovingly select and cook healthy meals, being present and connected with your own nourishment. As mentioned in part 1 of this blog, try to reduce or avoid sugary snacks and processed food, as they create inflammation in the body and can ultimately tax your health in a myriad of ways. Here are some examples of immune-boosting foods you can integrate into your diet:
Citrus fruits, pineapple, red bell peppers, turmeric, garlic, onion, ginger, broccoli, spinach, and kale – just to name a few.
Telehealth for your wellbeing
Lastly, here at Samaritan Center, our Integrative Medicine team is here for you via Telehealth appointments. Although our physical doors remain closed for the time being, our Licensed Acupuncturists are delighted to still be able to help you in many ways: guided acupressure, self-massage techniques, meditation and breathwork, mindful movement, herbal medicine, and nutritional counseling.
Sessions are $15 for 30 minutes, or $25 for 45 minutes. Please reach out and let us know how we can best support you and your health.
May you and your loved ones be well.
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