First things first, staying home and social distancing is crucial right now in order to reduce the spread of this virus. That said, many of us are still likely to come into contact with this virus. So what do we do?
Earlier this week one of my favorite authors and herbalists, Kami McBride shared a video with some great information about how to create an undesirable environment for the coronavirus. I wanted to share with you some of her insights, as well as some of my own.
long story short, this is a cold, damp-loving pathogen, and one of the best ways we can be an undesirable host for it is to stay warm - inside and out.
1. Eat warm foods
As I mentioned above, this is a cold-loving pathogen so the more we can keep our bodies warm, the less desirable we'll be as a host. As herbalist Kami McBride says, "this is not a time for salads!" Rodger that! :)
The temperature of your food is just as important as the food itself. If you're eating a sandwich, grill it. If you're eating left overs, heat them up. Soups are especially ideal right now as you can serve them hot and include lots of immune boosting herbs (see tip #3).
2. Drink warm drinks
Staying hydrated is important to strengthen the immune system, so drinking plenty of water is especially important. Additionally, warm beverages will help keep your body warm, and promote the flow of lymph in your system.
Our tea pot has become our best friend. Herbal teas (see the next tips for tea specifics), and even just pure warm water, or warm water with lemon are ways to stay hydrated and consume other immune supporting ingredients as well.