Seattle has been interesting the last couple of weeks. This week in particular with the spread of COVID 19 in Kirkland. The retirement homes I work at have gone on quarantine so that means no fitness classes for residents and no work for me. Many clients have cancelled their training hoping to avoid any contact with possible germ-filled locations.
Many corporations have requested people to work from home as a preventative. Smart? Yes. But what many people do not realize that exercise and many natural foods are immune boosters.
Most people today misunderstand the human body. Thanks to the growth of the medical industry, people understand the human anatomy in separate pieces or from the lens of pharmaceuticals. Most people do not understand the human body is like a garden. It is its own vast and complex eco-system that has the ability to regenerate.
Many people do not live healthy lives. They have stressful jobs, don't exercise and eat out a lot. Some do smoke marijuana as well as consume alcohol on a frequent basis.
Working from home is great, but unless one secludes themselves to the four walls of their apartment it is impossible to avoid the public. During this time, it is important to boost immunity through moderate exercise as well as through whole / natural foods.
Recent research published from greenmedinfo.com states that Vitamin C is beneficial for COVID 19. It may not be a cure, but it can help boost immunity and those who had the virus in Asia have found positive effects on people who recovered from the virus. Vitamin C also aided other viruses like pneumonia and influenza.
Fresh Lemon Ginger tea boosts immunity, acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and relies nausea and digestion. Lemon is an ideal source of Vitamin C and ginger contains gingerol, a bioactive compound that exhibits strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticancer effects.
During this time, moderate exercise and consuming more whole foods prepared at home will maintain immunity.
Greenmedinfo.com also suggests, "start taking vitamin C right away; at least 3 grams a day, spread right across the day. That's a 1,000 milligram capsule every 8 hours, or a level teaspoon of powder dissolved in a pint or so of water, drank all through the day."
Lemon + Ginger Immune-boosting Tea
Cook Time 10 minutes
1/2 small lemon, juiced
1-2 inches of fresh ginger, cut in half
Honey for non-vegans
Cut ginger and boil in water in a pan for 5-7 minutes. While boiling, squeeze half a fresh lemon into a mug. Pour the boiled ginger water into the mug. Add honey to taste if desired. Drink while warm / hot.
For a weaker flavor, use only 1 inch of ginger or 1/4 of a large lemon.
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com