Since we are stuck back in the house with this second wave of the virus, I started thinking about ways to stay healthy from home. You don’t always need to take a trip to your local health professional to give your health a boost. I’m talking about things that will make you feel better.
Consider the food you eat
An important step when it comes to looking after your health from the comfort of your own home is to look at your diet. Back in August, I discussed food to improve your immune system.
Personally, I think getting plenty of Vitamin C in your diet is the best move. Sources of Vitamin C of course include the citrus family, oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes. Many other colorful veggies and fruits also are a good source like strawberries, papaya, kiwi fruit, goji berries, cantaloupe, leafy greens, potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, chili peppers, broccoli, and cauliflower. Healthline has a great post on the 7 health benefits of kiwi. It aids digestion, helps manage blood pressure, and boosts your immune system. I love that it also helps fight asthma. A study showed that eating fresh citrus fruit and kiwi 5 to 7 times a week reduced wheezing in children. These fruits which are high in vitamin C also boost your immune system. Vitamin C is believed to boost the production of white blood cells, which are imperative in fighting infections. Since your body does not store or produce vitamin C, you need to consume it for continual health. Remember to look for colorful vegetables and fruit to add to your diet.
General rules to follow are:
- Eat a portion of vegetables with each meal. Snack on them too.
- Have a couple of portions of fruit per day.
- Learn how to read nutritional labels so you can pick healthy meals.
- Avoid being conned by marketing tricks that make you believe certain foods are healthy just because the may be ‘low cal’ or ‘low fat’. It’s more about the ingredients!
- Cook your food from scratch if possible – cook in bulk and then freeze to make it easier.
- Listen to your body. Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. Starving yourself/bingeing are not healthy habits.
- Don’t stress about perfection, just be consistent.
Make the most of at-home dental services
If you’ve avoided smiling to hide your crooked teeth, now might be the time to do something about it. Maybe you want your new smile in time for a special event 4-6 months from now. One thing that you can do is make the most of invisible braces from your home, which can help you to straighten your teeth. With invisible braces, you will be sent a kit so that you can take an impression of your teeth from your home. This impression will then be sent back to the company, enabling them to create invisible braces that are right for your teeth specifically. This is a great way to keep on top of your dental health without needing to go to a dentist in person.
Finding ways to relax
If you are like me, I’ve found 2020 to be very stressful . If we allow the world situation to get to us, it can have a negative impact on our health, both physical and emotional. It’s important to find ways to relax and to set aside some time for it every day. Last February I discussed drinking herbal tea to relax. Teas have been popular for centuries, and traditional wisdom had teas for almost any physical condition. When we hear the word tea, most of us think of black and green teas made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. They certainly have healthy attributes, but let’s talk about herbal and spice teas. First consider Tulsi, or Holy Basil, which is the Queen of teas in India. The Spruce has a great post on What is Tulsi? Its Uses, and Recipes with lots of information on this healing tea. Regular consumption of tulsi may lower blood pressure and cholesterol by regulating cortisol levels, reducing the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other related diseases. It can also help relieve headaches and may lessen anxiety and depression for some.
My sister loves Rooibos tea which is an excellent source of Vitamin C and minerals. It’s great for the body on the whole. The taste is mild and rooibos tea has antioxidant properties which will boost your immune system. I drink immune boosting Echinacea Plus tea from Traditional Medicinals . I also like peppermint tea which is really soothing.
Ginger is one of the best natural remedies to help with digestion. Ginger tea is a good option if you have an upset stomach, are experiencing motion sickness, vomiting or nausea. It supports your immune system. You can make ginger tea by letting a piece of it simmer in a cup and add local honey for added boost of vitamins. Add lemon and now you’re talking a great warm drink for the morning. As I’ve written before, I try to drink a lemon, honey and ginger drink daily. If you don’t want to use fresh ginger, ginger tea bags are also available.
Get A Good Night’s Sleep
A good night’s sleep is another important part of de-stressing and relaxing. Sleep is one of the most fundamental acts of self-care. When we get overwhelmed or stressed, sleep is usually the first sacrifice. Check out 6 Tips For A Better Night’s Sleep if you need help getting to sleep.
Take A Walk
I’ve found a relaxed walk helpful in dealing with stress for decades. Walking sets my day off in the right direction by helping me focus on what matters most in the morning. When stress sends my mind spinning around in the afternoon, a brief walk helps me course-correct. In the evening, walking helps me navigate the transition between waking and sleeping hours by promoting relaxation and reflection. Exercise is a necessary ingredient for health even when you are limited in where you can go.
In conclusion, don’t let the virus or winter get you down. Find ways to feel better with diet, exercise, and rest.
This was a collaborative post.