19 Mar Staying healthy while practicing social distancing
How to stay healthy while staying in
We realize these are challenging and confusing times for many people. As an evidence-based organization, we’d like to encourage everyone to follow the existing public health advice around #covid19: wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water, practice social distancing, and stay home if you are sick.
Fact vs. Fiction
You may have seen social media posts touting the health benefits of supplements, herbal remedies or diets. There is no scientific evidence for many of these claims. However, there are many things you can do to keep up a healthy lifestyle while self-isolating. Our team of experts have put together some tips on staying healthy while doing your part to prevent the spread of this virus.
Fire up your muscles
Regular moderate exercise reduces stress and improves immune function (PMIDs: 29713319, 26477922, 28088704). Try one of the many home workout apps available.
Fresh or frozen > canned vegetables
Try not to eat too many canned or processed foods. These are high in salt and saturated fat and can exacerbate existing health problems such as cardiovascular disease (PMIDs: 26746178, 16484595, 21735439)
Choose roots, shoots & tubers
Going to the supermarket? Choose veggies that last! Cabbage, potatoes, squash, beets, carrots, onions and cauliflower will last a long time in the fridge or pantry, and are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and fibre.
Not enough sunshine? Supplement!
If you’re not going outside as often, try taking a vitamin D supplement. Vitamin D is important for proper immune function, cognitive health and bone density.
Unwind and de-stress
Mindfulness exercises have been shown to reduce stress (PMID: 25053754). Take a break from social media and focus on your mental well-being!
The bottom line:Above all make sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, practice social distancing, and stay home if you’re sick!
Over the next few days we’ll be posting more tips on how to stay healthy and active during this time. Watch this space!