Your Health & COVID-19
As COVID-19 has spread and has now been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), we wanted to touch on the best ways you can stay healthy through this period
Steps to keeping healthy
Reduce Stress Levels
There is a lot happening around the world today and in our lives which can trigger our stress levels, However it is important to understand how this stress response can not only impact your health but also your immunity, which is why it is important to work on reducing your stress
Stress increases the release of cortisol as the body enters ‘fight or flight’ mode, which suppresses your immune response, and slows digestion (where most of your bodies immune capacity lies)
In addition, stress decreases the body’s lymphocytes — the white blood cells that help fight off infection. The lower your lymphocyte level, the more at risk you are for viruses, especially COVID-19
We have a blog by Ultra Lite Practitioner, Naturopath and expert in stress management, Lynn Riedel which you might find helpful in reducing stress.
Eat a Ketogenic Diet
Keto is a diet that focuses on removing processed foods and sugar from our diet and replacing with moderate proteins and complex carbs. Sugar and processed foods are hard for the body to digest, resulting in weight gain, health problems and more.
Eating good quality foods on a ketogenic diet, and removing processed foods and sugar, will allow you to have more energy, better sleep, boost your immune system and stabilize your mood. All of these are essential to providing you with good health.
Click here to try our 7 Day Meal Plan to see if a Keto Diet is for you.
Wash Your Hands
Washing hands regularly using soap and water, or alcohol-based hand sanitiser, will keep your hands clean and clear of germs.
WHO recommends that people clean hands regularly with soap and water, and dry hands thoroughly. When washing hands, you should wash for 20 seconds to ensure hands are clean.
For directions on how to clean your hands properly, click here to see a step by step picture guide to washing your hands.
Social Distancing doesn’t mean locking yourself and family away until the COVID-19 pandemic passes over, however it does mean some practical suggestions to help distance yourself from others to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 and reducing the spread.
- Avoid large gatherings.
- Stay 1.5m apart from people.
- Avoid touching surfaces in public.
- Work from home where possible.
- Limit activities that involve close contact.
Additional Idea’s to help you during COVID-19
Many people are looking for ways to keep themselves safe through the pandemic. The following are additional suggestions and idea’s to help you.
- Try a Ketogenic Diet
Check out our 7 Day Meal Plan and try Keto. A Ketogenic diet does not include products like pasta, bread, rice and potatoes, all the foods currently hard to find or sold out at supermarkets.
- Stay Positive
While this situation is scary and involves a lot of unknown, staying calm positive through these times will help to keep your stress levels down, and increase your immunity, while in turn keeping you healthy. Check out our blog on Stress if you need help.
- Reach out and Help Others
Helping others during difficult times helps to boost Dopamine levels. Helping others can help you to feel good and boost your health. So try reaching out to your neighbours and vulnerable people in your area to provide them with support.
- Get Active
While you may not be able to go to the gym, or play a group sport, you can still be active and getting outside in the sun will help boost your immune system. Try going for a run/ walk, or getting active in the garden.
- Sleep Well
A good night’s sleep will help to keep your stress levels low, your mood high and repair your immune system, keeping you in good health.
- Find something to Focus on
One of our Ultra Lite Practitioners was saying that her client was glad she’s currently doing Ultra Lite, as it is giving her something to focus all her energy on. Why not check if you have an Ultra Lite Practitioner nearby who can support you either in person or remotely.
Other ideas are: a home project, work from home, buy some books to read, take up a hobby you’ve been thinking about for a while.