You’ve likely hibernated the winter of our discontent in sweatpants based on banana bread and quarantines while impatiently waiting for Pfizer or Moderna to call your number.
Wouldn’t this be a great time to safely and unconsciously disconnect Namaste from some bad habits? Whether your pandemic diet is vegan, pegan, or gin free, we have some science-based tips to help boost your immunity.
SPICE GIRLS STILL ROCK
Tell me what you want, what you really, really want If you want to be healthy, welcome back to Spice World and try to rock these 5 spices with girl power every day.
In ancient times, cinnamon was so chic that it was a gift to monarchs and gods. Today we use cinnamon to sprinkle yogurt, fruit, and oatmeal to lower blood sugar.
Cayenne helps improve post-workout training by relieving muscle pain and having a lively taste that will give your immunity a kick. So lean on the hottest, sportiest spice and feel the burn.
Ginger is the classic immunity booster that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and has warded off nausea and stomach ailments for thousands of years. Oh snap, ginger, you go girl.
Garlic baby A small lightbulb a day can help keep inflammation and heart disease at bay. Maybe vampires were on to something that doesn’t really suck.
Don’t be afraid of neon yellow turmeric and its curcumin power source. Sure, turmeric can stain your hands, teeth, and Tupperware yellow, but all of these health benefits like fighting inflammation and reducing oxidative stress are so worth the poor coloring job.
THE FAD FOUR
Confused by all of the internet wellness waifs selling endless mason jar smoothie cures like a subculture of homesteading hotties? We also. So let’s separate scientific facts from insta gratification to find out what makes you really good and what just, well.
This bright green elixir was anointed manna from heaven to heal anything that makes you sick. But is the internet’s trendiest tonic really all of that? Yes, celery can help reduce inflammation and promote heart health. But no, it’s not the magical bullet train to detox nirvana you’ve been waiting for.
Zinc is one of the most popular panacea that every Whole Foods shopper stocks up on at the first sign of a cold. But do you think we really need all that zinc? Zinc definitely helps with immunity, but if you eat a healthy diet and choose whole grains, organic meats (if you partake in them), nuts, beans, and seafood, you don’t have to miss out on OD with this wellness classic. Too much zinc can be harmful and affect your immunity. Sometimes enough is enough.
MATCHA GREEN TEA
Matcha is like green tea on steroids. This emerald green whole leaf tea powder is said to contain ten times more antioxidants than regular green tea, six times more than the goji berry and sixty times more than spinach. It also contains L-theanine, a natural mood enhancer and relaxant. For an antioxidant charge that is haunted with a mild vibe, you’ve gotten to know your matcha.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Can you call something a fad that has been around for centuries? Apple cider vinegar has been the It Girl of wellness booster since ancient Greece. Like the coolest cool girls, she even has her own acronym, ACV. Think of ACV as the AOC of wellbeing. With its antiviral, antifungal, and antiseptic benefits that can help regulate blood sugar, allergies, diet, and detox, it’s a progressive kick-ass in the pro-wellness and antioxidant movement. Editor’s Evidence Alert:
While ACV supposedly offers a seemingly endless array of benefits, scientific support for apple cider vinegar is scant in many cases, including weight loss. We view vinegar as the store of “probably helps, definitely won’t hurt,” and we welcome community contributions, especially if you’ve seen serious research that we haven’t seen.
HERBS YOUR ENTHUSIASM
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Not only lyrics to a popular song by Simon and Garfunkel from back then, but also a hymn for modern wellness. Parsley is filled with vitamin K, which can improve bone health.
Sage is a powerful medicinal herb that is antimicrobial and antifungal.
Rosemary supports your immune and circulatory systems and thyme has been celebrated for its antibacterial properties since Roman times.
And you don’t have to go to the Scarborough Fair dripping in crystals to reap the immunity benefits of all of this herbal essence. You can create your own wellness garden.
Use the fresh herbs to make a pot of healing tea filled with all of those powerful herbal antioxidants and yada … yada … yada … Feel better.
THE INCREDIBLE EDIBLE
If you prefer your herbs with an edge, or better yet, herbs that remove the edge, CBD can help with the trifecta of modern day malaise: anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. Are You Relieving Your Immune System With Diet Supplements That Bring You Bliss? I take the same as her.
And when your mood gets bad you can go high. Because CBD packaged with THC is now readily available in many states and some pharmacies even supply it. Whether you are a sativa sister or identify yourself as an indica girl, prefer a yummy gum or cannabis chocolate, there is an app for that, and as a bonus, you can play your groove without leaving your couch.
We swear by it
Polite language? F * ck that sh * t. Swearing is the wellness tip that you never knew you needed. Just ask the swear word connoisseur Nic Cage, who hosts a Netflix show devoted to the art of four-letter words. Did you know that swearing means intelligence and profanity to improve pain tolerance? Truth. So damn it, yeah, get creative with your F-bombs and let them fly.
FIND YOUR FOODIE BFF
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of dietary goals and just want a good meal for healthy adults, why not create a nutrient-rich salad with flavor, color, and crispness? Pick your favorite green, add a citrus note, go a little nutty with walnuts or almonds, and finish with a dash of avocado. Toast optional.
TAKE A HYDRATION STAY
Water and Vitamin C. Two vital wellness reps that your body needs at work every day to help fight off scurvy and stay alive. Why not combine both? Any day can be a spa day where you spice up your water with a touch of orange, lemon, or lime. You can even use frozen organic cherries, mango, or pineapples in place of ice cubes to flavor your water and quench your thirst for that tropical island vacation that’s just a herd immunity away.
IF IN DOUBT, PEACE OUT
Nothing depletes your life force faster than draining relationships. Time has run out for something or someone that is more annoying than joyful. If you’re the constant gardener of your significant other’s prickly pear, it’s time to throw the crap out and pull out roots. The same goes for vampire friends who suck all of their energy with their ego, me, me. We’ve all been through too much crap in the last year to spend another second with a boss in a bad mood, ungrateful relationship, or one-sided friendship. Reality check. If someone in your life is making you feel bitter and not better, there should be no doubt about it. Get lost.
So what to expect when you expect the vaccine to be on everyone’s 2021 bucket list?
Keep your immunity going and ready to go when it’s your turn. Mask on, arms out, eyes wide open. Badass women are never afraid to do their best. And this is the must-have of the 21st century unless you’re a science denier, a vaccine defier. If you are, please return to Fox News. You took a wrong turn somewhere. (This is OA, not QA.) The rest of you stay tough.
The V day is coming.