STRESS SLEEP SUNSHINE
Stress will wreck your immune system’s ability to respond in a normal way.
The best way to reduce stress is to sleep more. AND the best way to sleep more is to get more sunshine.
- Do not watch the news on TV, the internet or social media. They are designed to shock and grab attention. At the end of the day they are a business all about ratings to raise advertising dollars, even the ABC gets government funding based on ratings.
- Stay away from people who are preoccupied with talking about the pandemic. They will infect your mind with fear. And trust me when I say, this is worse than the virus.
- Live frugally. Spending wisely takes the pressure off you financially.
- If you do get stressed, stand up, go for a walk, take a break, breathe deeply in for 4, hold for 5 and out for a 7 count.
- Don’t work too many hours. Stop work at your designated time. It’s not about hours worked, it’s about effectiveness.
- But stay productive. Work fulfills us. There is nothing better than the feeling that you have achieved something. It relaxes you and makes you feel worthy of your leisure time.
- Keep doing what you are doing, just do it differently. Don’t abandon your goals because of social distancing. Can’t work out in the gym? Go outside. Can’t go to the movies? Watch a movie at home or read a book. Commit to life education, not just entertainment.
- Live with gratitude. Feeling grateful throughout the day is the best antidote to stress.
Every expert has sleep at the top of their list to improve everything from beauty to brain power.
- Avoid any artificial light at night for at least 1 hour before bed. Dim the backlight on your TV and turn off all devices one hour before bed.
- Eat light meals at night and make it at least 2 hours before bedtime.
- Avoid alcohol at night
- Avoid caffeine after 2pm – You can have genetic tests to determine your ability to metabolize caffeine.
- Socialize in the evening before bedtime. Not by text. Face to face with Zoom or facetime.
We are solar-powered. The sun influences not just our immunity but our mood. When we expose our skin and our eyes to the sun a complex series of electrical and biological processes are triggered to boost good bacteria in our gut. These bacteria trigger the production of serotonin (feel good) and melatonin (energy and sleep). Together they will improve your ability to get to sleep and the quality of that sleep. And this will reduce your stress levels considerably. So it is the combination of all 3 S’s. that will make you stronger to resist any viral attack on your body.
Vitamin D is a hormone and super powerful to resist viral and bacterial disease but also long-term disease such as cancer.
Is there a link between Covid19 and Vitamin D?
The most severe impact of Covid has been in the northern hemisphere in winter when Vitamin D levels are lowest. There will be research showing the strong correlation between the severity of symptoms and vitamin D levels.
In fact, during the Spanish flu, they started healing patients by taking them outside of the hospitals and into the sun.
- Vitamin D only gets produced when the UVB levels are over a certain limit. Generally, it is when your shadow is shorter than your height.
- UVB cannot get through glass windows = no Vitamin D
- People with darker skin need more time in the sun. Need to know how much sun to get? Your body will send you signals that you have enough. If you start to sweat and your heart rate elevates then its time to get out of the sun.
- The sun needs to hit your skin otherwise Vitamin D cannot be produced. It cannot get through clothes or sunscreen.
SUPPLEMENTS – The 4th Optional S
There are so many supplements about boosting your immune system. But if I had to choose 3 of the most essential nutrients it would be the following:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D3