Building Resiliency In A New Norm

On April 27th, Governor Greg Abbott announced a plan to gradually begin reopening certain businesses in the state of Texas, relieving some of the strict social distancing practices that have been put into place within the past two months. Whether or not you are in agreement with the stay-at home order being lifted, the economy, along with life as it is known, is slowly being put back into place.

For many people, this means returning to work, making trips to the grocery store or maybe even sitting on an open patio at a restaurant. And while these things are deemed appropriate by law, it is still ideal to air on the side of caution as businesses continue to navigate a new, safe normal.

So what can you do to put your best foot forward as we explore this new reality? Dr. Catherine suggests starting with a basic concept- continuing to build and keep your immune system strong. Becoming integrated with the common public again, regardless of how slowly it is done is still going to leave you exposed to many different contaminants. Prepare yourself with these five simple steps so you can enjoy a strong, healthy summer. 

FEED MY BODY– Start with something you do every single day- feeding yourself. Consider the quality of foods that you consume. A large part of keeping your immune system in good condition is eating whole, nutritious foods such as vegetables and fruits that contain antioxidants and Vitamin C. Make sure to drink at least 64 ounces of water daily to stay hydrated.

MOVE MY BODY– Many people are not aware that exercise is also an essential piece of the immunity puzzle. Implementing a variety of exercises such as cardio and strength exercises can help not only build your cardiovascular and muscular strength, but support your immune strength as well. Try going outside and exercising. Fresh air and an outdoor perspective is a great way to soak up Vitamin D and connect with nature.

SUPPLEMENT MY BODY– Sometimes we want an extra form of protection as well. Taking supplements such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc and probiotics can give us a boost to prevent illness. Using pharmaceutical grade supplements from reputable companies absorb more effectively than others found online and in stores. 

PROTECT MY BODY– Just because the social distancing laws have been loosened does not mean we have to stop practicing good hygiene. In fact, this pandemic was a great reminder to continue to practice good handwashing, avoid touching our faces when it is unnecessary and making sure our homes are clean and disinfected.

DESTRESS MY BODY– Something that many people tend to overlook when it comes boosting their immunity is tackling their peace of mind. A stressed person is not always a healthy person. Implement activities that you enjoy into your daily routine. Practice mindfulness and limit your social media use. Find stress-reducing activities that will help you keep your body strong and peaceful. 

If you found any of these tips helpful, consider registering for Dr. Catherine Oseni’s FREE webinar Thursday, May 7th at 7 pm to learn more about an in-depth, evidence-based functional medicine and holistic approach to balancing the immune system and addressing inflammation. The webinar is free but registration is required so a link can be sent to you directly. Register at https://alphacarewebinar.eventbrite.com.

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