As time passes, we are seeing more reinforcement of some of our regular immune supportive and antiviral protocols, plus a few new additions specific to C-19. While I cannot claim to prevent or treat it, we can always support your body in the best way for you or your child's unique needs. A healthier, optimized system will serve you well in many ways. There is some great research on: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Melatonin, Glutathione (or NAC), Zinc, and Quercetin.
Things you can do right now:
- Take time every day to de-stress
- This looks different for everyone, and can change from day to day. Listen to what your body needs whether it's rest, exercise, reading, singing, hugging, staying away from the news or electronics, decluttering, breathing....
- Resume a regular schedule - your body loves routine
- Try to go to bed and wake up close to the same times every day, and eat around the times you expect to eat in September. This is especially true for kids (and the rest of us) who might be used to sleeping in and snacking.
- Go to bed 15 minutes sooner each night to slowly work back towards an earlier bedtime.
- Enjoy fresh and local produce
- There's so much in season right now, and it's the best time to enjoy it. Food that travels the shortest distance and is harvested close to being consumed has greater nutrient content and tastes amazing.
- Think about your priorities
- As things get busier, what do you want to ensure you still have time for? Put it in your schedule now. Are you feeling called to do something or be involved in something you are passionate about? Interestingly, a sense of purpose is a huge indicator for longevity and health.
- Book a Check-in
- We can chat about the best protocol to support your unique needs with herbs and vitamins and acupuncture - and it's not just about immune function, even though that's important. I'm also finding that stress responses are high and can benefit from nourishing as well.
- Test your Vitamin D
- It will likely be at it's highest point for the year right now if you've been outside this summer. We know that Vitamin D status is a huge predictor of health outcomes, especially risk of respiratory infections.
- Find a few recipes
- Being prepared is the best way to stay on track. If you can find a few great go-to quick dinner recipes, batch cooking lunches or things you can make now and put in the freezer you'll be ready to go for the fall. Some examples are: energy bites, chia seed pudding, soups (or just freeze leftover fresh veggies now for later), mason jar salads, egg muffins, and quinoa salad.
- Get a handle on your health concerns or susceptibilities
- If your blood sugar is slightly high, liver enzymes are elevated, blood pressure is creeping up, digestion is off, or your symptoms are changing in any way, it's time to work on it now. Each one of these signals is a message to bring you to action, and restore balance.
I'm still noticing the energy of our community to be pretty heavy. Find breaks when you can and ask for help or support. Many reports are saying that mental and emotional health concerns are rampant at the moment, with overdoses and suicide rates climbing dramatically. If you notice that someone (or yourself) is exhibiting loss of interest, changes in mood, sleep disruptions, moodiness, or any other symptoms, please don't ignore it. Family Transition Place, Children's Mental Health Ontario, and Crisis Service Canada (with option for texting which makes it accessible for teens), are all good resources.
Please let me know if you need anything, and if you're not sure if I can help - just ask.
P.S. Here are a few immune support posts from the Vault
- Top 5 Remedies for Flu Prevention
- 7 Ways to Keep Your Immune System Strong
- Take Care of Yourself With These 3 Easy Steps
- How to Support Stronger Immune Function