With coronavirus in the news a lot of people are wondering how to healthy.
Obviously, I am not a medical professional, and if you have health concerns you should see a doctor immediately.
However, there are things that all of us can do to keep our body’s immune systems strong and to help prevent seasonal infections.
Here are some every day actions you can take to stay well.
Pranayama: Our lungs are an important defence system so give them extra attention. In addition to breathing exercises in class take a short break two or three times a day and do some extra breathing. Pranayama is perfect for expelling stale air, while Kapalabhati detoxes and heats the body internally.
Focus on the core: The digestive system is crucial to immunity so take care to do plenty of asanas to strengthen and stimulate it. Try to do postures like Pavanamuktasana (wind-removing pose) and Adho Mukha Svanasa (downward-facing dog) for a few minutes each day.
Inversions: Inversions promote the circulation of lymph fluid. This lymphatic system transports immune cells through the body and works to detox the blood, so it is crucial for staying healthy. You can do shoulder-stands, headstands, or handstands. Or lie on your back with your bum next to the wall and your legs up for a gentle but effective inversion.
Getting sick occasionally is normal. Being constantly unwell is a sign your immune system is run down. A meta study of research on the relationship between stress and immunity found that “for stress of any significant duration, from a few days to a few months or years, as happens in real life, all aspects of immunity went downhill.” So if you don’t feel well, don’t try to work through it. Make space in your schedule and give your body time to heal itself naturally.
Focus on foods that support immunity.
Butternut, pumpkin, acorn… all kinds of squash are incredibly good for you. They’re packed with anti-oxidant vitamins like A ,C, and E. The high fibre and water levels in squash help maintain hydration and good digestive function to eliminate toxins.
It’s not a very sexy vegetable, but cabbage is incredibly good for you. Along with vitamins K, C , B6, thiamine and folate it is rich in minerals and fibre. Sauerkraut and kimchee are two of the most delicious ways to prepare cabbage, and have even more health benefits since they are fermented and supply disease-fighting probiotics.
Fresh or dried, herbs like rosemary, thyme and coriander have potent anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties. They are great in winter dishes like soups, stews and casseroles.
Drinking plenty of water and infusions helps cleanse your body and support its natural defences. Check out my posts on warming autumn infusions and herbal smoothies.
Most importantly, listen to your body. If you don’t feel well, seek medical attention,
rest and take care of yourself.