With many returning to work in-office and kids heading back to school soon, I wanted to have an immunity check-in with you all. Are you getting outside for 20 minutes a day? Are you moving your body each day with some kind of exercise? Are you sleeping well enough and long enough? How much sugar are you eating? Which immune-boosting supplements are you taking? Remember, each of these and more are critical components of a strong immune system. Here is my quick cheat sheet for immunity:
20+ minutes of sunshine every day (I love doing my workouts outside to hit two birds with one stone).
30+ minutes of exercise each day (walking, jogging, yoga, barre, etc).
Focus on building a strong gut (cutting out foods you are sensitive or allergic to, taking healing supplements like 4-Gut, and following the other diet steps below)
Consume little or no sugar (remember, sugar reduces the immune system response by 60% for up to 6 hours after consumption).
Consume little or no processed foods (these are usually filled with harmful chemicals, preservatives, dyes, etc that destroy gut health and the immune system).
Consume organic foods (non-organic foods can be laden with harmful pesticides, herbicides, and dyes and do not contain as many nutrients as organic foods).
Get 6-8 hours of good quality sleep each night (remember, when we sleep our immune system is working at its peak to fight pathogens). This can include eliminating blue light exposure after sunset, not eating 3-hours before bed, maintain consistent sleep and wake schedule, consider a supplement like 4-Sleep).
Take your immune-supportive supplements: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Master Immune, etc).
Now is a great time to check-in with your overall health as well as the health of your kids should you have any who will be returning to school. While we are committed to providing a safe environment for our patients to interact with, we realize that some might not be comfortable coming to the office at this time. We offer Tele-Health consultations to accommodate your needs. Please call (949) 680-1880 to book your Tele-Health or in-person appointment. Learn more about the extra precautions we are taking among staff and throughout our facilities during this time by clicking here. For those seeking even more tools for supporting the immune system, we also offer:
Infrared sauna therapy
Vitamin C IV
Lymphatic drainage massage
Vitamin & mineral blood panels to check for deficiencies
As always, we are committed to partnering with you to educate, empower, and enable you to live your healthiest life possible. Your Partner in Health, Dr. Connealy