We pray this blog finds you and yours still in good health. This blog will address staying healthy with COVID 19 immunity building tips. We can all take steps to keep strong as we get through this COVID 19 pandemic together.
If your hibernating at home or still going in everyday as a deemed “essential worker,” the stress of COVID 19 uncertainties can take a toll on our precious immune system which only increases vulnerability to this virus. How we feel directly effects our immune system which is one of our most valuable allies.
Let’s be as proactive as possible.
There are steps we can take to keep health during this COVID 19 attack. Below is a list of actionable steps that Apache and I are incorporating to stay healthy.
Immunity Building Supplements
To stay healthy and build immunity, supplements are a good idea any day. Most of us are not getting the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals the body needs to function at it’s optimum level with daily meals alone.
Building a mighty immune system should include raw vegetables and fruit regardless. We are not beyond junk food eating by any means,but we definitely keep things balanced with planned healthy meals and taking daily supplements.
Here is our “We Aint Gettin Sick” supplement list:
If you do happen to get sick, these supplements may help you to recover more quickly (make sure none of these have adverse reactions when combined with your prescribed prescriptions). In addition, it’s important to get these supplements organic if you can. Ingesting pesticides, unwanted fillers and inessential ingredients kind of defeat the purpose.
Miracle 2000– This is a liquid multivitamin that tastes like hell BUT… it is equally efficient in providing the essentials and more! Personally, i know this product works because i notice my hair and nails growing faster when i take it and i have more energy. I’m regenerating at a faster speed!
Organic Garlic– Organic garlic is a miracle worker. I learned of its magical powers from my friend who was having recurring urinary tract infections due to an accident. She successfully cured her own UTIs and prevented them by taking her organic chopped garlic daily.
Apache has successfully used chopped organic garlic to cure his tooth infection. Besides being loaded with vitamins and minerals, raw chopped organic garlic cloves swallowed like little pills kill infection in the body.
If you have an infection or feel one coming on,you may want to have 2-3 cloves a day. As a daily supplement we take 1-2 cloves a day.
Our very smart daughter has opted to taking an organic garlic supplement in pill form daily which we believe is also very effective.
Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar- Feeling the signs of a possible cold coming on? Run for the Braggs!
We take a shot of this everyday as a preventative measure. There is a tremendous list of benefits to taking this as a daily supplement such as aiding in lowering cholesterol, lowering blood sugar levels thus improving diabetes symptoms as well as being an immunity booster with antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.
I either take my shot to the head or i pour it in my water. Because the taste can be jarring, another option is to pour some in your organic orange juice. Our daughter chooses to take apple cider vinegar vitamins which may also be another option for you.
Organic oranges– We take this for the extra vitamin C. Vitamin C is a mighty antioxidant and boosts the immune system.
Vitamin C tablets– Yup, more vitamin C!
Organic tumeric, ginger, lemon & honey tea- I started taking organic tumeric as a seasoning in my food a couple years ago to reduce inflammation in my joints and noticed a difference immediately so i never stopped. The potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant ingredient in tumeric is curcumin.
Curcumin will absorb into your bloodstream by 2,000% if you combine it with black pepper -piperine . It’s real chemistry! Our friend introduced us to the yummy idea of mixing the two into a homemade guacamole for increased absorption. I also like seasoning my morning eggs with turmeric and black pepper.
Ginger is another anti-inflammatory and antioxidant blessing birthed from Mother Earth!
Recently we found Newman’s Organic Tumeric tea with Ginger, it’s delicious because the ginger gives it a spicy kick and the tumeric really gives the tea flavor and body.
We put organic honey and lemon in this organic tea for another immunity power boost! Raw organic honey is another one with a list of benefits that go on forever; including but not limited to phytonutrients which helps prevent diseases, antioxidants, antibacterial and antifungal elements. Lemon is another great source for vitamin C and tastes great in tea.
Stay Healthy and Increase Immunity via Peace and Joy
Mental health directly affects our immune system.
Our minds can literally create sickness and pain in the body or heal itself. That’s how powerful we are! Making joy within is an awesome way to stay healthy until COVID 19 becomes a distant memory.
In the human experience, musty, damp towel slaps of discouragement sometimes knock us to our knees. But, we make every effort to grab a hold of that stinky towel and body slam it into the washer machine with each blow that comes our way.
We do have some choices so lets take advantage of them.
Here are a few mental health, self care actions you can take to cheer yourself up while in the house, get present, take back your control.
Tips to ignite your endorphins
Under these circumstances, some people may have to spend unusual amounts of time with others. The lack of personal time and space can begin to play itself out real quick.
A friend of mine shared a strategy she is currently using to save her sanity. Pick a room, create a sign that says “Prayer or Zoom Meeting in progress. Please Do Not Disturb,” and tack that sign up onto the door. Inform everyone in the household that you will be using this sign ahead of time when needed so it won’t be a big surprise.
Hopefully everyone in the house is capable of respecting private prayer time. Then you can use the time to pray, meditate, read a good blog (wink wink), write, yoga or whatever else will help soothe thine nerves.
Another option to create a quiet, sacred space for yourself is in your car. Park in front of a beautiful tree to gaze at or just in an area where you won’t be bothered and enjoy that time to yourself. I do this often and find it to be a calming gift.
Games are a fun way to reintroduce some laughter in the household. Laughing cures the body and soul. Did you know that when you laugh your body produces a hormone called endorphins and that they are mood elevators? Endorphins reduce stress and discomfort in the body which will in turn help to protect your immunity levels. So break out the board and card games that have been gathering dust in the closet. And then, watch a good comedy!
Last but not least, do an activity that simply makes you feel good. Apache creates music, meditates, and goes on long walks. I like to exercise, paint and lately, listen to audio books.
We also enjoy watching movies. Put on some good music and dance around the house, this always works for me. I used to do adult coloring as a stress reliever for a straight year and that was very helpful.
Some people enjoy cooking as a stress reliever.
What kind of hobbies or activities help you to escape mentally? If you don’t know, try some new things for a change.
Healthful Food & Exercise for Immunity
We love pizza and Oreo cookies just like anybody else. Watching a good NetFlix program and munching on our favorite treats when stress levels rise helps to ease the pain a little sometimes. Too much of anything can become a self sabotaging weapon though. In excess, junk food decreases overall health making it harder for the body to fight off virus’s.
Balance is key.
Use food as an immunity shield
When food shopping, make sure at least 90% of the items on the list will help your body to stay healthy. Keep the comfort food items to a minimum, don’t buy them at all or seek out healthy treat alternatives instead.
Planning out balanced meals and healthy snacks ahead of time is a healthy persons primary lifeline. Try to keep your main meals healthy 75% of the time. Include fruits and veggies to increase vitamins, and minerals so your body can be a COVID 19 fighting machine!
Stay healthy and empower your immunity by adding spinach greens to your morning smoothie! Make sure there is a good serving of vegetables with your lunch and/or on your dinner plate, preferably a dark colored one like red cabbage or broccoli, both of which are loaded with immunity and energy building properties.
Attempt to add a high fiber carbohydrate to your meal like Quinoa, brown rice, sweet potatoes or oatmeal. A balanced meal should also include a protein as well to help maintain muscle mass and keep your blood glucose levels intact.
The goal is to stay healthy by creating a strong resilient body.
Drink lots of water and click here so we can bless you with a snack that is tasty and also healthy! Your waistline will thank you for it and your immune system won’t be mad at us either.
Build immunity and well being through exercise
Add in some exercise to each day. Staying healthy always includes exercise. What can i say, God made us this way. Exercise each day is going to help work fear, anxiety and stress right out of the body by creating endorphins. In addition, people who exercise regularly have stronger immune systems, it’s just a basic fact.
If you are not feeling real Jane Fonda-ish right now, just try my simple 6 minute workout. I promise it won’t kill you and it will be over before you know it. Here is your big chance to burn off some of those extra chocolate cake calories! Click here for a quick 6 minute total body workout you can do everyday. Also, go for a walk or a run if you can. Yoga is never a bad idea. Just get moving!
Top COVID 19 Prevention Tip
Thoroughly wash your hands. Our mothers told us to do this when we came in from playing outside, before meals, and after we finish in the bathroom to prevent germs from spreading. Our skin is our first line of defense so keep it clean.
Wash your hands!
I work in the healthcare field. Hand washing is the most stressed instruction of all before and after interacting with patients. With COVID 19 running around, it can mean the difference between life and death unfortunately. In addition to social distancing, the next most important thing we can do is keep our hands and surrounding surfaces clean.
Here is how to wash your hands correctly:
- If in public or coming in from outside, i use a clean tissue or paper towel to turn on the faucet to warm temperature water. Then throw that tissue/paper towel in the garbage. Wet your hands and apply soap.
- Rub your hand together vigorously to create a good lather. Wash under your nails, intertwine fingers to rub soap between them, the back of your hands and under your rings.
- Keep rubbing entire surface of your hands for at least 2o seconds to be effective in killing virus/germs. In order to make sure it’s been 20seconds, sing the ABC’s twice or the Happy Birthday song twice from beginning to end to know when you are done.
- Rinse your hands well. Start rinse at your wrists letting the water run off of your finger tips and then rinse the rest of your hands.
- Dry your hands well using a paper towel or let your hands air dry. Use a paper towel, bunch of tissue or your elbow to turn off the faucet. And do not touch the dirty faucet handle.
Hopefully these tips will help you and yours maintain health and gain increasing well being. We send you our love and are keeping the world in our faith filled prayers daily.
“Faith and Prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them.” ~ Mahalia Jackson
Date Energy Bars
Makes 16 bars, Prep time: 10min plus chilling time
This recipe uses all natural ingredients. You can make a double batch of the bars, freeze some and have them ready as a on-the-go snack.
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 cup of pitted Medjool dates or use date paste as long as it is 100 % dates without fillers. If available, choose whole Medjool dates because they are the sweetest and largest.
1 cup gluten-free oats
1 cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup dried blueberries
½ cup raisins
½ cup sesame seeds
4 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
½ cup mini chocolate chips
- Line a 9×13 inch dish (or a smaller dish for thicker bars) with parchment paper and set aside
- Put the coconut, dates, oats, pumpkin seeds, blueberries, raisins, sesame seeds, and coconut oil in a food processor and pulse until everything sticks together but is still chunky.
- Dump the mixture into the baking dish and use your hands to incorporate the chocolate chips.
- Press the mixture evenly into the baking dish and put the dish in the refrigerator until the bars can be cut, about 2 hours
- Store the bars in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week