Story by Shana Daniel, R.H.N.

If the title peaked your interest, chances are you’ve hunkered down at some point to reassess the current situation and pondered over your lifestyle.

The rituals of greeting friends and loved ones (outside your bubble), personal hygiene and a heightened awareness of germ warfare has us in a whirlwind of thoughts of how we can do better.

There’s never a better place to practice than at home.

Here are a few pointers that can go a long way in ensuring your space is optimized for health and continued safety during this time.

  1. Eat breakfast. For many breakfast skippers, little do people realize that balanced blood sugar and satiety result in a more rested nervous system. This sets the stage for more productivity, less anxiety towards the current social news blitzes and alleviates the need to snack on sugar laden foods compromising your immunity
  2. Include many fruits and vegetables at every meal or snack time. As simple as it sounds, Vitamin C is a powerhouse antioxidant, contributing to fighting many free radicals which are associated with low immunity conditions and additionally contribute to slower visible aging. Antioxidants are molecules that neutralize free radicals, unstable molecules that can harm your cells.
  3. Oregano and ginger are whammies of immune builders to include in your fall/winter kitchen repertoire. Oregano is known for its powerful antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Ginger is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.
  4. Wash your hands often. With the endless supply of hand sanitizer we see everywhere we go, it’s still no match for the benefit which washing your hands confers. No need for anti-bacterial potions when soap and water are an option. More frequent hand washing practices (and not touching your face) are two of your heaviest hitters in your clean living protocol which is a challenging new habit for some. Take stock of your habits, reevaluate and adopt new ones moving forward
  5. Keep a clean home. Without obsession, there’s something to be said about a cleaning schedule which includes properly washed cutlery and dishes, fresh linens, a vacuumed space and treating your home like a sanctuary. Don’t forget to wash your reusable masks often as well as this overlooked routine can also contribute to a build up of unwanted bacteria which can proliferate to unnecessary germs.
  6. Remove your shoes. Trekking outside germs on shoes or boots can spread a cluster of bacteria within your living space.
  7. Humidity. Take note of your home’s indoor climate and humidity since viruses love to reside within dry spaces.
  8. Home cooking. With the closure of many restaurants and social distancing guidelines impacting social gatherings in public places, home cooking has become the new trend. Rotate your meals around different foods and flavours which have many health advantages. Spices, whether mild or spicy have many anti-inflammatory effects in the body and impart delicious flavours towards your culinary masterpiece. Consider trying something new during your next grocery run.
  9. Sleep. Believe it or not, a bedtime regimen away from lit devices and loud sound can contribute to a more restful sleep and in turn benefit your body’s overall immunity. Explore scents like lavender which can enhance relaxation. Candles, oils or lotions are all great ways to integrate beneficial scents to your evening pre-sleep routine.
  10. Gardening. Even now, with some mild weather to take advantage of, we know that getting your hands dirty in the soil, enriches us with enhanced probiotics contributing to better resistance at fighting infections. Probiotics residing in fermented foods are also great ways of benefiting your health. Sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, pickled vegetables are just some of the foods in which these can be found.

Feel good about these positive changes you can make to do better for yourself and loved ones. Let’s all do our part. Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in.

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