Wellness Digest #2: How to Support Your Immune System

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PC: Shelley Huber

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Welcome to this week’s digest. This is week two (or perhaps more!) of lockdown for many of us. I hope everyone is doing okay adjusting to new routines, staying healthy, and keeping positive. Here’s this week’s list:

HEALTH: Immune Support

There’s so much information out there about how to stay healthy, but I wanted to add this from Dr. Mark Hyman, Founder and Director of The UltraWellness Center, and Head of Strategy and Innovation of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine. I always love his straight-talk about food and disease, and this is a great primer on supporting your immune system.

I’m obsessed with tea, especially matcha and peppermint. The taste is great and, health-wise, tea really loves you back. Here’s a deep dive from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) into how tea catechins support our immune system. Sorry, it’s a little bit of a dry read but hang in for some solid information and tips – like the potential benefits of gargling with green tea.

FOOD/NUTRITION

Getting creative with three meals a day can be a stretch. For lunch, try this easy Crispy Rice and Egg Bowl with Ginger Scallion Vinaigrette. Then try some variations with this as your base. Change up the dressing, use different vegetables. Explore!

Feel like you’re living in a big snack-fest with all this time at home? Here’s a simple (and healthy) French fry option to try out: Oil-Free Vegan Rosemary French Fries.

STRESS MANAGEMENT

Dan Harris’s 10 Percent Happier site is offering a free Coronavirus Sanity Guide. Every day at 3pm EST there will be a free live meditation with top mindfulness experts (Tara Brach, Sharon Salzberg, etc.) and then a Q&A with listeners. If you can’t make it, you can access it on the 10 Percent Happier app.

Here’s another free live stream brought to you by Wisdom 2.0 featuring Jon Kabat-Zinn on Friday, April 3rd.

And to get your body moving, Tracy Anderson, celebrity workout goddess extraordinaire, is offering a free 15-minute workout.  http://tinyurl.com/uywfo5j

SELF-CARE

After reading about the benefits of weighted blankets for the zillionth time, I broke down and bought one. Whoa. I’m hooked. My family is hooked. Weighted blankets are promoted as being soothing and helping to calm anxiety, but the sensation for me is extreme cocooning. I chose a 15-pound blanket, but other weights are available. I went with one from Baloo (after the team at NY Mag’s Strategist raved about them — and they’re 20% off) but there are lots of options out there.

One of my favorite style + substance icons is designer Norma Kamali. Her clothes (remember the sleeping bag coat from the 80’s??), her energy, and the way she continues to stay relevant and cool into her 70’s, are a huge inspiration to me. Her beauty products launched last year and I’m a big fan of her simple approach. I tried the tester kit to sample the line, and really love her facial/body scrub, made from ground olive pits, charcoal, and rice extract.

PERSONAL/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Are some of you feeling a lot of pressure to “get things done” during this period? If you’re feeling this energy, here a list of eight tech projects you might want to tackle. Pace yourself…

And here’s a hilarious pro-tip tweet for those of you who might find your home office a bit more crowded with loved ones these days. (Make sure you read the comments below the tweet!)

JOIE DE VIVRE!

Dance: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is offering all-access viewing of previous performances, workshops and other learning guides. Pure gold.

Watch: For your viewing pleasure, here’s a list of 25 family-friendly documentaries. If you haven’t seen 20 Feet From Stardom, definitely put this on your list. So good.

Thanks so much for reading!

xos