Tips for Boosting Your Immunity
Welcome back to “Allie’s Corner,” where our favorite Physician Assistant Allie Nowak, certified in functional medicine through the Kresser Institute, shares tips on how to invite greater health and wellness into your everyday life.
Now, more than ever, patients are concerned about staying healthy and keeping those around them healthy as well. Stress can definitely take a toll on your immune system, so focusing on a good diet, regular exercise and a healthy mindset are really important right now.
Here are some of the things I’m recommending to patients when it comes to bolstering immunity:
- Eat well. Sugar can dampen the immune system so it’s important to eat nutrient-dense foods or real foods such as a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, organic protein such as meats and fish, beans and eggs, and whole grains.
- Move often. Try to get outside every day to walk, run or play. There are many things you can do inside the home as well: stretch, do yoga and enjoy in-home workouts (there are many free options via social media and YouTube). Likewise, movements such as squats, lunges, push-ups, tricep dips, planks and sit-ups don’t require any equipment other than your body.
- Pay attention to your thoughts. Negative thoughts can feed into anxiety, worry and depression. Control what you can control to help remain healthy: social distancing, limiting trips to public places, washing your hands, etc. Remember the simple joys and pleasures and the opportunity to spend more time with family. And please reach out if you are struggling with unsettling thoughts.
Finally, be weary of any miracle cures or dubious claims surrounding immunity that you might find online. I have seen a lot of wild claims already and am sure there will be more to come. We are happy to answer your questions regarding vitamins and minerals, nutrition and anything else you are concerned about.
Dealing with uncertainty is hard for everyone. The better care you take of yourself, the more you will be able to handle any bumps in the road. And a sense of humor definitely helps!