Originating in Wuhan, China and now expanding globally from airborne transmission during international travel, coronavirus is not to be taken lightly. Coronaviruses are a large and common family of viruses with illnesses that range from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. From coughing and shortness of breath to nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, the symptoms are widespread. With a rapidly increasing number of deaths and no approved treatment, it’s crucial that you take ALL measures possible to boost your immune system and prevent catching this virus, especially if travel is in your near future.
- Coronaviruses are a large and common family of viruses with illnesses that range from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.
- Prevention is key – keep the immune system strong by eating foods rich in vitamin C, beta carotene and vitamin D, drinking daily bone broth, staying hydrated and getting adequate rest.
- Arm yourself for travel with rest, frequent hand washing and the Nourished® Germ Buster Sanitizing Spray.
- Already sick or looking to bring in the big guns? Stop in Nourished® to pick up a package of Flu Bombs – with ingredients such as lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper, this zippy new addition to our Kitchen Market contains an array of natural antibiotics that encourage a quick, natural recovery.
Prevention via a strong immune system is truly the key to avoiding colds, flu, infection and illness. Keep your fighting soldiers at the ready on a daily basis by giving them the fuel that they need. From vegetables and fruit to nuts and seeds, the more plants you eat, the more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants you provide to the team. Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, lemons, grapefruit and parsley are superstars during this time of the year due to their high concentration of vitamin C. Orange-colored vegetables such as sweet potatoes, squash and carrots are great additions as well – they provide an abundance of anti-inflammatory, and cold- and flu-fighting beta carotene. Another crucial nutrient is vitamin D. Although the sun is your best source, in the winter months, we recommend bolstering your diet with pasture-raised egg yolks, wild-Alaskan salmon and cremini mushrooms.
In addition to eating foods rich in immune-boosting nutrients, the power of seasonality when it comes to your selections shouldn’t be undermined. During the winter months, your body does better with warm, cooked meals than raw. Instead of juicing, salads and crudité platters, eat soups, sautés and roasts. At Nourished®, we sell a variety of veggie-heavy, family-friendly and bone-broth based soups with easily-absorbable nutrients, immune-boosting spices and gut healing collagen, gelatin and amino acids. In fact, our homemade 100% pastured chicken bone broth that’s infused with ginger and garlic is one of the best foods to incorporate into your daily regime. Whether you’re fighting a bug or trying to stay ahead of the game, 1-2 cups of bone broth a day is a great everyday wellness practice.
If you have upcoming travel plans, we encourage you to do everything in your power to strengthen your immune system before stepping onto that germ-infested airplane, bus, taxi or train. In the days leading up to your travels, get as many veggies into your diet as possible with adequate hydration to ensure that your mucus membranes are lubricated and ready to fight for you. Sleep is also crucial. Rest up with at least 8 hours of sleep in the days prior—and remember the hours before midnight are the most repairing. While en route, be sure to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, nose, eyes or mouth, and wipe down the surfaces that you come in greatest contact with. At Nourished®, we sell an antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral Germ Buster Sanitizing Spray that can be used on everything from your hands to tray tables, door knobs, arm rests and countertops – a travel pack must-have!
Regardless of your prevention strategies, illness can still happen. It’s actually a good sign and indicator that your immune system is working properly. When this happens, first and foremost we encourage you to rest. Rest is when your body goes into repair mode. Also, be sure to pump the fluids. From water and broth to hot tea and warm lemon water, fluids help flush pathogens out of the body. Can’t afford to be sick? Try the Nourished® Flu Bombs! With ingredients such as lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper, this zippy new addition to our Kitchen Market contains an array of natural antibiotics that encourage a quick, natural recovery.
Although the coronavirus is the latest health scare, the recommendations are similar to that of influenza. When your immune system is strong, you’ll be able to fight any virus, bacteria or pathogen that you come into contact with. With adequate rest, hydration, a colorful diet, daily bone broth and an inclusion of immune-boosting superstars such as garlic and ginger, you form an inner environment that is inhospitable to infection. From soups and bone broth to Flu Bombs, herbal tea, raw Manuka honey, colloidal silver and our signature Germ Buster Sanitizing Spray, Nourished® has everything you need to venture through coronavirus-infested waters unscathed. Stop in Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm to explore our options!