The basics go a long way. A long long way.
It’s kinda like weight loss. Health and your immune system aren’t built by some kind of secret formula or recipe, it’s not something you do for a week and you’re done with, it’s a consistency thing. Your health is predicated on the things you do on a daily basis.
1) Including more minimally processed nutrient-rich whole foods in your diet. It doesn’t mean you have to eat 100% “clean foods”, but it does mean eating more of it. A lot more of it. This is where your body gets most of its essential vitamins & minerals. A ratio of around 70-80% nutrient-rich foods and 20-30% of whatever you want is quite ideal.
2) Sleep more. Ideally 7-8hrs of sleep daily. I think a lot of times we’re looking for this special supplement that helps us recover better, build more muscle, lose more fat, feel more energy when it’s right there in front of us: Sleep. This is the one I’m guilty of missing the mark the most, cos it feels like it’s the easiest to sacrifice & overlook.
3) Exercise on a regular basis. It doesn’t have to be an all-out your heart is about to jump out of your chest type of exercise, or one that completely drenches your shirt. It’s one simple method to open a plethora of health benefits for your body.
4) These three basics, when kept up with consistently, will boost your immune system as compared to a lack of any of the 3. No, I’m not saying doing these 3 things “perfectly” means you’ll be immune from disease. Far from it. But I do believe that it can help in decreasing your chances of catching it, and increases your chances of recovery if you do catch it.
5) The news feels scary lately, a lot of it out of our control. But there’s also a lot of things that we can control too. Like our diet, sleep, and exercise. Listen to the scientific medical community for advice on how to proceed, take the proper precautions, and don’t panic.