Updated: Oct 21, 2020
If a second wave of COVID-19 arrives this fall, we’ll be ready. Here are 5 things you can invest in to protect your health:
1. Exercise Equipment
Exercise is good for the mind, body and spirit, especially during long periods of time at-home. If you can’t go to the gym, make sure you have whatever exercise equipment you need, whether it’s an exercise bike or a set of dumb bells. You can also take a daily walk, which costs nothing.
Airborne particles are smaller in dry air and low humidity. Infectious particles produced by a sneeze or cough remain in the air longer, increasing the risk of exposure to other people. Increasing the humidity makes the infectious particles both bigger and heavier, causing them to drop from the air and land on hard surfaces.
3. Pantry Items
Start making your list: herbal teas, brown rice, canned goods (diced tomatoes and black beans are a nutritious meal waiting to happen), bone broth for soup and anything else that will help you through the winter. Be sure to stock up!
4. COVID-19 Supplies
Keep a reasonable supply of hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, masks and household cleaners on hand. Although the latter has become especially hard to find, you can always make your own (for more information, please refer to my blog entitled, "Can’t Find Any Disinfecting Products? Make Your Own!”).
5. Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements
Many supplements have been shown to help boost your body’s ability to fend off infection. Here are a few of the top immune-boosting vitamins, minerals, and supplements.
a. Vitamin C
Vitamin C plays a critical role in immune function and is often used to help boost your body’s defenses against infection. Getting enough vitamin C in your diet could help decrease symptoms and shorten the duration of respiratory infections.
b. Vitamin D3
Vitamin D is an important micronutrient and one of the top immune system boosters. Not only is vitamin D3 vital to the function of immune cells in the body, but a deficiency can actually increase the risk of infection. Be sure to opt for vitamin D3 over other forms, as it’s the most effective at improving vitamin D status in the body.
Several minerals have been studied for their impact on immune function and their ability to increase the body’s natural defense system. Here are some of the best minerals for immune health: zinc, iron (only take under doctor’s advisement), and selenium.
d. Other Supplements
In addition to the immune-boosting vitamins and minerals listed above, several other supplements may also be beneficial for immune function. Here are a few of the top immune-boosting supplements to consider adding to your routine:
1. Elderberry Syrup
Share some other ways you remain healthy during this time. We would love to hear your thoughts and comments.