COLUMBUS, Ohio — It seems we can't say enough that fighting COVID -19 starts with three strategies: social/physical distancing, thorough hand washing, and wearing a mask.
Another means of protection to keep you healthy in the pandemic is a strong immunity... and the biggest boost to the system can happen when we sleep.
Dr. Anup Kanodia, who is a medical doctor who also specializes in functional medicine shared some additional strategies for boosting your immunity.
When you eat is important to your immunity. Dr. Kanodia cited studies that show if you can allow your body one hour to wake up and get your GI tract warmed up before eating. You want to work with your body. The doctor said 20% of your energy goes toward running your GI tract which is why he advises putting three to four hours in between meals to make sure your food is properly digested before eating again. If you’re constantly snacking or have food in your stomach, your GI tract is always working and not using that energy toward fighting off bugs like COVID, flu, and colds.
We are in the middle of a pandemic and it can be an emotional roller coaster. Dr. Kanodia said stress reduction is important, starting by remembering we are most peaceful in the morning. He recommended tackling stress first thing in the morning by simply taking a moment while still in bed to concentrate on what that peace feels like from head to toe. He then suggested that we anchor that feeling by putting our hand over our heart or in the prayer position. One other note from Dr. Kanodia is to stop multitasking as a means stress reduction. He said multitasking causes stress in our brain. The doctor “orders” that we concentrate on completing one task at a time.