Every day, the news spreads about the dangers of Coronavirus and, as we all adjust to our world in lockdown, I can’t help wondering if the fear is as bad as the virus itself.
I have written about our immune systems so many times over the last few months in connection with this Virus and honestly my biggest advice right now is to keep yourself as strong as possible.
The obvious thing you can do is to stay calm. It’s not just about the food that goes into the body, although that is an essential part of keeping the immune system strong. Meditation for just 5 minutes per day helps to keep you grounded and reduces cortisol in the body. And make sleep a priority, as rest allows your body to rebalance overnight.
Exercise in the fresh air and getting enough daylight is also a great immune boost. And feed your soul with great, nourishing whole foods with every meal.
I have chosen four specific superfoods that I think will be helpful for you to add into your daily regime to keep your body fully functioning.
Think of these superfoods as your insurance policy!
You can add to a smoothie, or a juice, or simply sprinkle on your breakfast porridge. It doesn’t really matter how you take it but it will support your body and boost your immunity in these stressful times.
Hemp Protein Powder
Hemp is a high-quality plant-based protein that contains 20 amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Protein is crucial for developing, growing and maintaining muscles, tissues and vital organs. It also helps boost metabolism and creates better body strength. Have 2 teaspoons per day of the powder, for a maintenance and strengthening dose.
Pea Protein Powder
Protein is such an important nutrient to support the body but most of our sources aren’t always the best. Meat and eggs come with saturated fats, extra calories, and cholesterol. Plus, animal products can be pretty hard on the kidneys.
Whey can also cause issues, and has been known to cause bloating, gas, and other digestive disturbance. And soy is an allergen and contains estrogen-mimicking compounds that can mess with hormones. Even a slight change in hormones can cause problems in the body.
Pea protein is a high-quality protein and a great source of iron. Which is essential to keep the body healthy. It can aid muscle growth; help protect heart health and gives the body extra strength. Take 2 teaspoons per day for a maintenance dose and added power!
This root is a nutrient powerhouse! It is high in protein, fiber, Vitamin C, copper, iron, potassium, B6 and manganese. Maca is also a good source of riboflavin and niacin.
The amino acids profile in maca may be behind the exceptional health benefits. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and every cell in the body needs them.
Maca also contains adaptogens which help the body respond better to stress and illness while they gently restore balance. Where the caffeine in coffee boosts energy and stress the adrenal glands, the nutrients in Maca boost energy and support the adrenals! The adrenals are responsible for regulating cortisol, which is our major stress hormone. Take 1-2 teaspoons per day for a maintenance dose.
Containing powerful anti-inflammatory compounds and Antioxidants that help to fight free radicals in your body, this is an essential herb when it comes to protecting your immunity.
When we are bombarded with invaders (germs, viruses, bacteria etc) it can cause damaging oxidative stress to healthy cells. Your immune system works hard to protect you from excess free radicals with the help of antioxidants. That’s where Turmeric can help.
As a dietary supplement, Turmeric Curcumin can support your immune function by supplying you with a healthy dose of powerful antioxidants. You could also add a little black pepper to the mix as it is said to help absorption of turmeric. Have 2-3 teaspoons per day for health protection and immune protection.