By now, we’ve all heard that washing hands, social distancing, and wearing a mask will reduce the spread of COVID-19. But what are we doing to strengthen our ‘inner mask’? –The ‘mask’ we wear on the inside, our body’s natural defense mechanism: the immune system and how can we incorporate natural immune system boosters?

We keep seeing new treatments doctors are using to treat patients once they are already sick & hospitalized, but what about proactive care? COVID (and this new strain) are wildly contagious, so I’m dealing with all my pandemic-induced anxiety by ramping up a strong offense. That way, when/if I become exposed to the virus, I have a strong body that’s better equipped to fight the nasty bugger off.

First, let’s go over the basics: eat clean, reduce stress and get outside. Nature is the BEST stress-reliever — free & available to us all! Especially here in Texas, we’ve got lots of sunshine & fresh air and plenty of wide-open spaces to socially-distance. There’s ongoing research which shows a link between those with a Vitamin D deficiency having an increased severity of COVID. Nature’s most abundant source of Vitamin D is the sun. It’s ironic that in some areas of the country & the world, people are being told to do the exact opposite: to stay indoors & don’t leave home.

Next, a shout-out to the immune-boosting vitamin we all know of: Vitamin C. But, upping Zinc and the aforementioned Vitamin D are great, too. Other tactics: staying hydrated (a big glass of water first thing in the morning!), getting adequate sleep, and moderate exercise. Look, we are all hopeful the vaccine will bring us some respite soon, but even with the vaccine in play, never has there been a more important time to look at one’s health routine and make changes to how they live daily. Here are some of my favorite ways to stay healthy & boost my immune system:

JOYÀ: Functional superfoods by JOYÀ taste delicious and help power through stress & fatigue. The ingredients help brighten my mood while also maintaining good health and mental clarity. Here’s what to expect from their nourishing wellness elixirs: stress support (adaptogens to increase resistance to stress), bulletproofing (mushrooms to support digestion & immune function), and deep nourishment (antioxidants to promote inside-out radiance). Right now, I’m alternating between the Glow elixir, a Golden Milk powder with turmeric & astragalus, and the Bliss elixir, an an adaptogen hot cacao mix with Reishi mushrooms.

Euka: Two renowned Harvard/Mayo Clinic trained doctors have launched Euka, a wellness brand that has already become part of the daily routines of celebs like Justin & Hailey Bieber, Halsey, Sarah Silverman, and Seth Macfarlane. The system they created proactively guards & optimizes well-being by repelling harmful pathogens and strengthening immunity. They offer a thoughtfully-packaged bento box which includes: Wellness Saline Spray (maintains a healthy nasal biome), Molecular Helmet Wellness Roller (creates a barrier to pathogens with organic natural extracts & essential oils), Wellness Shower Bombs (for respiratory wellness), and more.

Three Hermits: This health drink company believes that food is medicine, and relies on the simple principles of all-natural, plant-based ingredients along with the practice of Ayurveda to create immunity-boosting drinks that are not only healing, but also taste delicious. Plus, these shots contain an array of vitamins, including 95% of your daily Vitamin D requirement. Right now, I’m finding their Moringa + Ashwagandha drink particularly helpful. Ashwagandha is traditionally used to strengthen the immune system, increase stamina, and help decrease stress levels.

The information and other content provided in this blog, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment.

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