March 23 — To the Editor:
Empower yourself in these trying times. Take matters into your own hands and be proactive in your behavior. There are many things you can do to minimize your chances of contracting the virus, and passing it on to others.
A good place to start is with quality nutrition. Eating properly is key. Food is medicine, depending on what you ingest. Continue by building your natural immunity with nutritional supplements. Even if you have never taken them, this is an opportune time to start. A few ideas here covering my concept of the basics. Research and learn more about these areas outlined. Quality fish oil, probiotics, turmeric,… garlic in your dinners.
Avoid sugar, salt, fat. Feeling better about what you put in your mouth will help you to obtain peace of mind. Equally important as your nutritional considerations is the value of regular exercise while being confined to the home. If there is a silver lining now, it is that we are coming into spring and warmer weather. Sunshine and fresh air will help to combat cabin fever, and offer a productive way to help dissipate emotional stress. Walking vigorously daily for exercise works for me. I sleep better and have better quality energy during the day. For those who wish to stay inside to avoid contact, going up and down stairs for 20 minutes is a great workout. Additionally, yoga is a marvelous way to stretch and strengthen the body in a comfortable setting. Meditation complements the physical activity well, allowing for a more comprehensive mind-body experience.
Lastly, laughter, an instant vacation, is the best medicine and I believe it bolsters our health. Anyone who has heard my corny jokes can attest to my affinity for laughter.
I recommend Charlie Chaplin movies, especially “The Kid “.
Perhaps my comments here will be helpful for some of you and making you aware of what is available to you during these difficult times.
Again, being proactive is key. Please feel free to share your own ideas with others that may be of help to enlighten and aid them in promoting and maintaining robust health.
Together, we will get through this.
Bill Kragen, Chiropractor