Wow, what a year so far! Although it still feels like Fall here in LA with this sunshine, we are moving to a new season. Of course Winter just began, but it’s also “cold and flu” season. For many, this one is even more worrisome, as we are still feeling many effects and potential risks of contracting COVID-19. Now more than ever, it’s important to be proactive about staying healthy.
Similar to my advice for cultivating a great complexion from within, all of the “usual” suggestions for good health help with immunity as well. So if you need more motivation to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, drink a lot of water, get good rest, exercise, and avoid processed foods and alcohol, here it is!
However there are additional actions you can take that are specific to immunity boosting, or that are particularly important in the times of COVID-19.
Vitamin D is something you may want to consider supplementing. For a long time, it has been known to provide support to our immune systems, and studies are showing that that may include resistance to COVID-19. Our bodies naturally make vitamin D as a reaction to sunlight absorption in our skin, but sunscreen can inhibit this, as can a natural decrease in time outdoors as weather is colder (or if you don’t have a private outdoor space and are sheltering-in-place/social distancing).
Probiotics can also be a big help when trying to stay healthy, both internally and externally (which is why probiotic skincare products are increasing in popularity). You can find probiotics in fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkruat, lactobacillic pickles, yogurt, and kombucha. If none of those are palatable for you, there are many supplements you can choose as alternatives.
Mental health is another important factor, which makes this season a particularly good time to practice mindfulness and/or meditation. One of my favorite self-care activities is taking care of my skin, especially when I can include my daughter Kaia. It is key to find out what works for you to keep your mind balanced and help you feel rejuvenated and cared for.
Mental health is another important factor, which makes this season a particularly good time to practice mindfulness and/or meditation
It’s also important in these times to make sure that you’re finding ways to connect with others, even if it is through zoom or FaceTime, especially if you’re an extrovert. Make sure to set aside time for fun with friends, without guilt, to benefit your health.
To stay healthy during this COVID-19 season, do your best to maintain equilibrium between all facets of wellness, keeping in mind that what may need more attention one week may be less necessary to prioritize the next. Great nutrition, good rest, attention to mental health, and being physically active are all essential parts of a well-rounded approach to strengthening your immune system. Stay healthy, my friends!