Hope you’re holding up in self-isolation! Has anyone picked up any new hobbies, read any new books, tried any new recipes?
Let’s talk superfoods today. As you can see from the graphic, well, they don’t exist. “Superfood” is a term used to refer to foods that contain high amounts of certain nutrients, such as fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Unfortunately though, this term does not define anything specific, and it is completely unregulated. It is more a marketing strategy than anything. Seeing so many people with influence marketing “superfoods” and products to “boost” your immune system and to cure or prevent illness is a little… unethical.
With all that being said, you can’t really “boost” your immune system. You can’t selectively build up immune function against a specific agent, such as the flu or COVID-19, and not against other things, such as pollen or peanuts.
What you can do is support healthy immune function by taking good care of yourself.
💤 Get enough sleep. Even if you’re not going in to work, try to adhere to a consistent sleep/wake schedule, minimize screen time, and save the bed for sleeping- not scrolling on your phone or watching TV.
🥦Eat a balanced diet (as much as you can right now). You don’t need daily mega-doses of vitamin C, or even supplementation, so long as you’re getting enough from your diet, which isn’t tough to do as long as you’re eating at least some fruits and veggies!
🏃🏻♀️Move around, get some fresh air, exercise in any way you can.
❤️Cling to community by calling or facetiming friends and family, writing letters, ordering gifts for loved ones, supporting local businesses etc.
We can do this, you guys. There have been countless displays of goodness and love through people taking care of each other despite being unable to congregate and touch. And please please please continue to follow recommendations from public health authorities in this time to keep yourself and others safe and healthy.