Caring for our health and well-being is a top priority. This pandemic is a cruel reminder of just how important the gift of health really is.
Self-care is what we do on purpose to be healthy and well. What we eat and drink and how much we choose to move our body is only part of the story. True self-care also means taking breaks away from the computer and other screens. It means giving our body and our mind needed rest. It means stopping to reflect on the little things for which we are thankful. Self-care can mean de-cluttering a room or even a closet. It can mean working on a craft or project.
Self-care during the pandemic is all about staying safe and doing what we can to stop the spread of Covid 19. This means social distancing, wearing a mask and frequent hand washing.
In addition, try these immunity-boosting tips to stay well:
Make a big pot of veggie soup. Go heavy on the cabbage, tomatoes and bell peppers for an extra punch of vitamin C. Avoid over-cooking, to preserve more of the vitamin C.
Have a citrus fruit for dessert. Oranges, clementines and grapefruit are in season now.
Low vitamin D levels may increase the risk for Covid – 19 infection (livescience.com). If your medical provider has prescribed a vitamin D supplement, make sure to take it all as directed! There are a few excellent food sources of vitamin D including whole milk, egg yolk and fatty fish such as sardines and salmon.
Enjoy a cup of hot green tea (or a glass of cold water with a green tea bag in it). A recent NC State study showed that compounds in green tea may help to protect us from becoming sick with Covid -19.
A growing body of research has shown that physical activity is an important way to boost immunity. Find fun ways to move every day and take it outside when possible. Frosty temps do not have to keep us inside! Bundle up and enjoy a brisk walk.
Written by Jenny Favret, MS, RD, LDN
Nutritionist, Duke Pediatrics Healthy Lifestyles Program