We all wonder how the next few months (or years!) will play out with the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are ways to help take control of what we can to stay safe and healthy.
Boost your immune system and gut health with probiotics
Our ability to fight disease and infection relies on a strong immune system, and since most of our immune system is based in our GI tract, keeping our gut microbiome healthy is critical. Daily probiotics are a good way to keep our gut functioning well. Made uniquely for women’s issues, Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Once Daily Women’s Probiotic contains 50 billion CFU in a shelf-stable formula that needs no refrigeration. The inclusion of several strains of lactobacillus and bifidobacterium bacteria boost digestive, immune and vaginal health.
Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotics supports our immune function, digestion, urinary tract health and even helps normalize our response to allergens, and features added prebiotics that help our own good bacteria flourish. And it’s easy to get kids to take a daily probiotic with berry-flavored Nordic Naturals Probiotic Gummies, featuring a kid-size dose of beneficial bacteria like Bacillus coagulans, a potent probiotic that survives passage through GI tract so it’s more effective.
Prevention with mushrooms
Eastern medicine has relied on the healing power of medicinal mushrooms for centuries and species like reishi, shiitake, turkey tail and chaga have been shown to increase our immune function. The beneficial mushrooms in Om Mushroom Superfood Immune powder are rich in beta glucans that help our cells’ immune response fight infection.
An easy way to infuse mushrooms into the start of your day? A great-tasting coffee drink with mushroom benefits like Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee Mix, which is a blend of immunity-boosting chaga mushrooms, brain-focusing lion’s mane and organic Arabica coffee beans.
Silver for enhanced immune function
Silver Wings Colloidal Silver 500 PPM is a good short-term choice when you need extra immune power at the beginning of an illness or when you’re near others who may be sick. Taken for 10-14 days, this powerful concentration of bioactive colloidal silver will kick-start your immune system for increased defense against disease.
Wash/sanitize your hands
We know that clean hands help prevent the spread of germs, so frequent washing or disinfecting with alcohol-based (60%+) hand sanitizers is recommended by the Center for Disease Control, especially after we’ve been in a public place with shared surfaces. Green Goo Hand Sanitizer features a 70% alcohol base and comes in easy-to-carry containers that can be tossed in a bag or car. Germy Hands Solution Purifying Hand Sanitizer combines 75% alcohol with soothing aloe vera gel and lavender for a moisturizing, non-sticky formula.
Keep your body rested and your mind stress-free
Studies show that chronic stress and exhaustion lower our immune response and in these challenging times we are prone to feeling the effects of stress.
Besides eating well and getting regular exercise, we can keep our bodies healthy and relaxed with natural homeopathic remedies like Genexa Stress Relief that supports both stress relief and sleeplessness with passionflower and a blend of calming organic botanicals.
B vitamins are another good source for stress management and healthy adrenal function (since adrenal fatigue causes symptoms of stress like tiredness and brain fog). Try Thorne Research Stress B Complex, which features bioactive forms of eight water-soluble vitamin B compounds that help our bodies manage stress effectively.