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We are living in the unprecedented times, however we need to stay calm and collected to come out stronger on the other side

Looking after your  immune system is one of the things you can do right now which will give you true benefits. Obviously it is not guaranteed, but can increase your chances to have milder symptoms as your immune system fights back.

It is also the time to build mental resilience. If you like me are a small business owner , these are though times but they shall pass. Even big businesses suffer  in a bear market. There is a lot of fear in times of uncertainty  and this is normal.

However, we are thinking human beings means that we can make reasonable choices based not only on now but in the longer term.Your feelings will create the actions. It is time to grow and dig in deeper into your feelings and who you are and then take appropriate actions. Netflix is fine for a moment but I suggest catching up with books, educational programs or even sign up for coaching to help you out. There is plenty for free at the moment and I do offer free sessions as well and paid Programs. We need to help economy and spend some money on lower end offerings and not on stocks and stocks of loo rolls. Money has to move! Consider also food delivery and take away service  to support local restaurants.

Managing our feelings and emotions is important so that we calm down and make good decisions which will have long term impact. We can’t control the situation but take China, they had to have strict measures in February and now they do not have many new cases means that after 8 weeks of a massive outbreak and strict control measures they are going back to normal slowly.

The best thing you can do right now is to lower your stress levels and boosting your immune systems with these 7 steps: 

1 . Drink and keep hydrated with water and herbal teas; Echinacea, Elderberry are particularly beneficial, can be also taken in the form of tincture or syrup (Pukka brand)– try local health shops, or Helios Homeopathy.

I also use Doterra On Guard oils blend which I put few drops to warm water and make a tea with some honey/maple syrup; it is the strong blend but by far the most effective for us – we use it all the time in cold and flu season;

Try fermented drinks Kombucha and Water Kefir to boost your gut health as over 70% immunity is created in your gut.

2. Consider taking Supplements – Vitamin C high dose is recommended 500 mg daily (not yet proven in studies on humans). Vitamin D3 – Better you is a great brand and they do have sprays; you can also take Probiotics (BioKult or OpticBac are great brands) if you are not keen on fermented food– it is recommended to do a gentle cleanse before populating your gut with good bacteria. Add also Zinc supplement. Consult with you healthcare specialist if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

3. Garlic – I would juice it with lemons, orange, turmeric and ginger and put into 40 ml shots and drink one daily during this season; you can also take garlic supplements but raw is the best;

Try this recipe : Few garlic cloves (you can use even 2 bulbs if you want to), 2 oranges (skin off), 4 lemons (skin off), 1 turmeric root or 1tsp powder, pinch of cayenne pepper and good amount of ginger (how much you can bear?); you can freeze in ice cube trays and drink 40 ml each day. If you do not have  a juicer, blend in nutribullet in batches with some filtered water and sieve thru e.g. thru nut milk bag or sieve. It is better to have some of this goodness than none if you do not have a juicer.

4. Eat nutritious food such as papaya, broccoli and spinach; I add spinach to morning smoothies and make raw broccoli salad. Add some fermented food – try my recipe for Kimchi here.

5. Cook delicious food and make soups in particular – vegetable  broths/stocks – check my gut healing broth on my website, make sure you add shitake mushrooms as they seem to be beneficial for the immune system as well!

gut healing broth

6. Sleep well – don’t bombard yourself with news; there is plenty around so spend some time in the morning for meditation and good thoughts and gratitude! Have a good night routine! Sleep gives you the rest you need, improves your immunity, allows proper detoxification and improves your cognitive function. Well rested mind and body will make good decisions also about food as stress may cause cravings and binging on unhealthy food.

7. Exercise – it is not time for stopping exercise. Exercise, walks  boost your immunity and helps your body moving; try home workouts – plenty on You Tube – my favourite yoga with Adrienne, however do support people who run their classes online (eg. on Facebook) as they can’t get to the gyms and classes; if you have kids at home engage them as well. If we stay at home and do not move, eating all pastas and baked potatoes, we will put on weight. Do not stop your healthy habits, in contrary try to build them as you may have a little bit more time than ever.

Follow only official advice on COVID-19 from Public Health England and WHO to ensure legitimate information and instructions. Join my Facebook page WellbeingSeekers for live cooking demos and natural curated health advice.

Stay Healthy and Calm

Monika