Wave 1, wave 2 -freaking out- it's here to stay.. so WHAT CAN WE DO TO STAY STRONG AND WARD OFF SICKNESS??
Separate yourself from obviously sick people (i.e. people coughing, sneezing, looking sick..) a.k.a SOCIAL DISTANCING
WASH YOUR HANDS. Use soap and water over hand sanitizer!!!!!!!! If I use hand sanitizer at work, I rinse my hands with my water bottle once I get back to my gear.. loading your hands up with grime and chemicals is not ideal!
Change your clothes and take a shower or wash up after spending a day out in highly populated places.
Practice self-control, get only what you need and choose off times for crowded areas.
Burn sage in your house because it kills airborne invaders, both bacteria, viruses and negative spirits- look it up, there have been studies! Everynight I smudge the whole house, it is a spiritual experience and I believe it keeps our air clean.
Wear proper clothing depending on the weather. Being cold doesn't automatically make you sick, but why distract your body's resources having to maintain a proper body temperature? This can risk you being more susceptible to getting sick if a virus comes along.
Take care of yourself!!! Don't run yourself dry. We already know that sickness impacts us all differently, but it impacts us differently at different times too, so prioritize your wellbeing, because the best YOU is always the best for us too! :) <3 XO
The classics to prevent getting sick
Get enough PROPER sleep. Don't eat before bed. No caffeine 8 hours before sleeping. NO SCREENS 1 hour before bed. How many days in the week do you adhere to these COMMON DEEP SLEEPING TIPS?
GO outside. I just read somewhere that most people feel better with an increase of 120 minutes of outside time PER WEEK. I aim to get that much EVERY DAY.
MOVE. It's pretty common knowledge about the importance of walking a dog twice a day for optimal health, humans are also animals that need to move. If you feel like anything is off in your body, but are not active everyday, then fix that first before setting off the fear alarms and doctor visits.
SPACE OUT YOUR MEALS / fast regularly. If you are eating too frequently your body won't even have time to assimilate the energy and nutrients from the food, no matter how healthy it is, what a waste! Not to mention leftover undigested particles of food inflames the body and will weaken your defence.
FASTING 101: First time fasting in a while, you will feel like sh*t and that is normal, the keto crew has named it the 'keto flu', it's real and I totally get how it can prevent people from ever mastering a good fast. You're body has to evacuate all the gunk you've built up, so the further behind you are, the grosser you will feel. Just stick with it, imagine your ancestors, you're not going to die, it takes a while to starve to death lol. Where to start? Don't eat for over 10 hours per 24 hours (like overnight).. add a longer 14-16 hour fast per week to really clean things out and give your body actual healing and recovery time.
Drink enough water and water-based liquids. If you don't like water, add water flavouring, a bit of juice, lemon, cucumber.. make herbal tea, make broth, miso soup, make a water-based smoothie. I wasn't drinking enough water at work, so started using those water flavour squirters, I find brands that flavour with stevia and fruit extract.. and went from drinking 1L to 4L, immediately had more energy and had my midweek knee pain disappear! WATER IS SO IMPORTANT!
Eat something FERMENTED. I like pickled veggies and yogurt (not together- lol), what do you like? A wide spectrum of bacteria is your first line of immune defence.
Eat some SEAWEED, or nettle (the seaweed of the Earth). These plants contain all the vitamins, minerals, amino acids and phytonutrients science tells us are vital for our optimal functioning. We take spirulina tablets in our house as a multivitamin.
Eat fruit. Some fruit is better than no fruit, however FRESH fruit will be synced with your immediate environment. In Ayurveda it is not recommended to eat cooling fruits from the tropics during the cold months because it smothers our agni (our internal fire fueling our body), so check out the markets :) Autumn fruit- apples, pears, berries, squashes.
Eat vegetables. Any vegetable is better than no vegetables, however FRESH will always trump canned/processed.. local versus imported and ultimately homegrown and/or chemical-free agriculture (check your local markets). During the winter flash-frozen vegetables are awesome.
Eat QUALITY protein. Our favourite is a meat roast with veggies and potatoes at this time of year with the cooler temperatures rolling in. We did a post on the importance of animal proteins here, so check that out if you eat primarily plant-based, and especially if you need to boost your immune system.
Eat QUALITY fat. Watch out for those over-processed trans fats and especially for the cooler months focus on warming fat. Some of my favourites: definitely veggies cooked in ghee and olive oil, eggs, whole milk yogurt and frothed hot drinks, fatty cuts of slow-cooked meat...
Eat salt. Ensure your mineral levels are balanced, this helps with hydration. Be a snob though, don't just eat any salt (like a sodium-only salt, this can raise hypertension stress levels!)- Choose a mineral-dense salt. If you have never done this before, try it, your cells will love you. Go to the health section of the grocery store and buy a salt that is too 'expensive' .. lol.
Get enough sugar? A.k.a ensure you get enough energy (calories) to fuel your body and fight off any viruses that enter the body. You don't literally have to eat white sugar to get sugars. You can get sugar through fruits and vegetables, unpasteurized honey, maple syrup, and choosing more colourful, nutrient-filled versions of sugar, compared to just plain white sugar and processed foods.
SWEAT. If you are too lazy to actually work out hard enough to sweat, fill a tub with epsom salt and himalayan salt and sweat in there passively. Sweating detoxifies the body and will also trigger more consumption of water.
Ultimately take care of yourself and your environment, the people you love, the people you spend the most time with, this is an interesting time to be alive!
Realize how interconnected we really are, and how health is crucial for our society to run smoothly, prosperous and be revolutionary.