Staying Strong: 5 Tips to Build Your Immunity

We are in a very interesting time where we are more connected than ever as a people — we are all going through this pandemic together.

I want all of you to stay safe and (most importantly) healthy. The time to take care of yourself is more important than ever. For those that are not doing so well right now, I hope that there are systems and support in place to help you heal and recover. We will all get through this together.

Disclaimer: I do not have the cure all be all. You cannot change your immune system overnight. Healthy habits are just that…habits! You have to take time to build and practice strengthening/maintaining your immune system on a regular basis. The tips here are a suggestion from an educational standpoint.

Here are the 5 tips to build your immunity:

Consume a whole food, plant-based diet.

Many feel that eating a more plant-based diet is trendy, but in reality, these foods are the healthiest we can consume. Do you like fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and whole grains? Then you’re on the right track. They are the building blocks for a STRONG immune system. Here’s a pro tip: Eat your dark leafy greens. Dark leafy greens like kale, collards, spinach Swiss Chard, Bok Choy, mustard greens, turnip greens (Oh my Goodness 🤤). All of these greens (there are so many more) are nutrient dense and have an abundance of health benefits. Make sure you’re also drinking 6-8 cups of water every single day (for all of you gallon drinkers, way to go)!

Get Moving.

I understand that we have been told to “stay inside,” but that doesn’t mean you can exercise/be active at home. Now is the time to be super creative. There are many apps and videos online that will help you stay (or get) on track with your fitness journey. Some of our favorites are yoga, dancing, body-weight exercises, and strength training (if you have weights or canned goods then you can do some strengthening exercises…stay tuned for another post on in-home workouts).

Sunshine = Vitamin D.

Social distancing is a must just as much as washing your hands; however, try to make it a point of going outside for at least 15/20 minutes a day. You can step out on your porch, balcony, rooftop, out in your yard to do some grounding! Fresh air and the warm sunlight on your face (arms, hands, legs) can work wonders on your immune system. You can also download the D Minder app to find ideal times to bask in the sunlight.

Laugh a little… or a lot.

One thing we always make sure we do in our home is laugh… I mean we laugh A LOT! Laughter and a positive mindset has a powerful effect on your immune system (just as negative thoughts and stress have on breaking down your immune system). Don’t worry…Be happy! Engage in activities or hobbies that you enjoy (let’s face it, now is the time to maybe pick up that book you’ve been wanting to read or take on a new hobby). Live and laugh with loved ones. Your immune system will thank you.

Find some quiet time…Try meditation.

We have literally gone from zero to one hundred in a matter of weeks when it comes to stress, anxiety, and flat out worry. This much emotional/physical “trauma” takes a major toll on your immune system and its defenses. Now is the best time to make a conscious decision to just…Breathe and relax. You can start by doing guided meditations for at least 10 minutes a day. Calm, Headspace, and Insight Timer are great apps I have used and recommend ( I rotate through these regularly). Be sure to also get enough sleep… A well-rested body helps keep the immune system healthy.

If you’re already doing some of these tips, you are on top of it. Way to go and keep doing what you are doing. You’re facing this pandemic with an already strong immune system. For those that are just seeing this for the first time, it’s ok, now is the BEST time to start some of these practices to promote long-term health. Remember, this is a first for many of us. We are all taken aback and have had to make some heavy changes, but we are all in this together.

I love each and every one of you. We here at Plant-Based Eatz want all of you to live your best life and stay healthy. -Kay🥰