You’ve probably noticed at the grocery store that the
shelves of meat and processed foods are being cleared as everyone stocks up and
prepares to spend more time at home.
And let’s not even get started with the toilet paper
However, as you’ll see, everyone should be stocking up on
plant-based foods, which are packed with nutrients to support your health!
Here are 5 tips to boost your immune system:
1. Eat mostly plants and whole foods
Plant foods are LOADED with nutrients to keep us at our
This is a great time to practice some new plant-based
recipes. Here are a few foods to include that are rich in antioxidants and
essential nutrients to power your immune response:
- Leafy greens
- Citrus fruits
- Green tea
2. Avoid processed foods and sugar
These foods may have a long shelf life, which is why they
are flying off the shelves right now. However, they are highly inflammatory,
stress your immune system, and are low in vitamins and minerals.
Focus on buying whole foods and making nourishing meals.
3. Get 8 to 9 hours of sleep
Sleep is when your body rejuvenates and replenishes, so make
sure you’re getting plenty of rest. Having trouble falling asleep? See tip #4
4. Reduce your stress levels
Chronic, prolonged stress suppresses your immune system.
There’s a lot of anxiety in the air right now, so it is even more important to
focus on recentering and de-stressing.
Give your body extra support through meditation, dancing,
reading, snuggling your pet, or any other favorite activity that relaxes you.
5. Wash your hands! Seriously.
This is quite possibly one of the easiest steps to keep
It is also very important to follow CDC and WHO guidelines.
Even if you aren’t at serious risk, you are a vehicle for transporting viruses
to someone that may be at risk.