Let’s chit-chat about your immune system :). During this uncertain times your best defense is your immune system so here are my top 5 ways to prevent illness:
1. Nutrition- fun fact: 80% of your immune system is in your gut. Eating plenty of vitamin and mineral rich foods like fruits and veggies is essential to keeping your gut healthy, as in the swole bowl seen here. I’ve been eating one swole bowl a day to keep my body healthy and strong. This one contains alfalfa sprouts, roma tomatoes, avocado, shredded carrots, baked garbanzo beans, high-protein tofu (it’s much firmer than standard tofu) cooked in coconut aminos, purple onion, and roasted garlic hummus on a bed of spinach. #
2. Exercise- A good sweat session causes your blood to circulate faster which carries white blood cells and antibodies. Therefore, they’re more likely to detect on any foreign invaders like viruses early on. An increase in body temperature also helps kill bacteria and viruses that may be temperature sensitive (like the coronavirus!!). Ever wondered why you get a fever when sick? Your body is trying to cook the little invaders and feed them to white blood cells *om nom nom*
3. Sleeeep- people that sleep 7-8 hours a day typically have more T cells than those who are sleep deprived. T cells are like immune system soldiers that go out and attack invaders. So get some shut-eye to give your army a fighting chance.
4. De-stress- I know I know, easier said than done. Stress hormones suppress the immune system. Although there’s no way to fully avoid stress, we can at least do our best to manage it. Finding activities that make you happy can aid in this. Aside from getting a solid sweat session I also love to draw :). Dedicating 30 minutes a day to this activity allows me to escape and let my mind wander a bit. You might enjoy reading, cooking, meditating, just anything that allows your mind to take a break from the things causing you stress. Take 30 minutes a day for some “me time.” (Caption continued in comments) - 14 minutes ago