The latest information on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) can be found on the Ministry of Health website.
What is Coronavirus?
- The latest information on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) can be found on the Ministry of Health website.
- If you suspect you have Coronavirus, please phone Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or contact your GP, including phoning ahead of your visit.
Nurturing Health in the Midst of Winter Wellness?
When it comes to widespread disease, there are three key ways in which we need to support wellness—nurturing the wellness of our own body, collective care to help reduce the spread and nurturing the wellness of the community.
Self-Care to Support Immunity
While at home, there are a number of things we can do to support our immune function.
1. Eat A Whole Food Nutrient-Rich Diet:
We know that processed, refined foods are inflammatory and damaging to the gut lining, and 75% of your immune system is housed in your gut. Supporting your gut health is, therefore, an important part of supporting your immune system. Opting for fresh, whole foods that support the health of our gut, and in turn, boosts our immune system. You can click here to read more about why eating whole foods is so important for your health.
2. Increase Your Intake Of Immune Supporting Nutrients:
Every single process and function in the body is powered by nutrients, this includes the workings of our immune system. So, having adequate nutrient levels is essential for a strong immune system. Think of nutrients as your army. You need to have ample soldiers for your first line of immunity defence and nutrients play that role.
When it comes to supporting immunity, we recommend keeping on top of your baseline essential nutrients by taking BePure One and Three as a daily foundation level of nutrients.
If you're already taking some of our products, we recommend taking extra of these key immune-supporting nutrients on top of your baseline:
3. Ensure You Are Getting 8-hours Of Sleep:
Sleep is essential for our wellbeing, both mental and physical. Sleep is an important time where our body undergoes repair processes and is an essential ingredient for a healthy immune system. Getting 8-10 hours of sleep is beneficial as a preventative measure, as well as when recovering from illness. It also puts you in a better position to undertake other wellness creating habits like eating well, exercising, and practicing kindness.
You can click here to read more about the Importance of Sleep. If you are looking for support with sleep you might like to try BePure Deep Sleep which is a blend of natural herbs designed to help you fall asleep and improve sleep quality, or BePure Magnesium Restore and magnesium is supportive of sleep.
4. Reduce Stress and Look After Yourself - Both Physically And Mentally:
Stress is a factor that can hugely compromise and add load to our immune system. You can click here to read more about how stress impacts our health and what we can do. Make sure that you are still taking time for yourself and supporting your mental wellbeing through restorative and mindfulness-based practices such as meditation, legs up the wall and breathing exercises.
These help to let your nervous system calm down and relax, helping your body to feel safe. This is important not only for your immune system but also for your mental health. If you are finding the current situation stressful or worrying remember it’s more valuable to put your focus on what you can control, rather than what’s beyond you. Take time to look after yourself and implement some of these simple nourishing practices.
The benefits of regular exercise are significant, supporting all areas of our wellness from mental health, to supporting better sleep, and our immune system too.
Both high-intensity exercise and restorative movement have their place in a wellness-supporting lifestyle. Depending on a number of factors, one can be more useful than the other.
Learn more about how to exercise in a way that best supports your body.
As we've seen, coronavirus is highly infectious and very easy to spread. As explained by the Ministry of Health, we know that reducing exposure is the best way to keep ourselves and our community safe. So, this is a time to join forces to reduce the spread of infection, in doing so we protect those who are most at risk.
6. Reducing the risk of spreading illness - Social distancing:
Social distancing is the most valuable course of action for reducing the rapid spread of disease. That might look like:
- Following the Government's lockdown regulations and staying home.
- Covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Choosing to work from home if that’s an option for you.
- Stay home if you feel unwell and resting if you need to. If you are sick, rest is essential for recovering as fast as possible.
- If possible, avoid travelling to places—especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.
- Following government recommendations for self-isolation for two weeks following overseas travel (until further notice).
For more information on social distancing see the latest updates from the Ministry of Health. For additional reading, Vox has put together responses to some FAQs and the Washington Post has a great article to explain why social distancing is effective in reducing the spread of infection.
7. Stay Vigilant With Hygiene Practices:
Standard recommendations from the Ministry of Health to prevent infection spread include:
- Regular hand washing.
- Covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing preferably with your elbow rather than hands.
- Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
Supporting the wellness of your community
8. Avoid large gatherings to reduce the spread of disease.
Many large events are being cancelled anyway. Accept these changes with grace, understanding, and compassion.
9. Support the elderly and immunocompromised
For some people, self-isolation isn’t so much of an option, but a necessity.
If you know anyone who is elderly, or immunocompromised offer support that provides them with some comfort in self-isolation. Can you offer to get groceries or run errands for a friend, relative or neighbour—someone you know who could use a hand? Or you can provide company through a phone call, text, or visit if you’re well and don’t risk spreading infection.
10. Support contractors and freelancers
If you had booked someone to do work for you which didn’t end up happening at the expense of coronavirus—and which you had budgeted for—consider paying them some or all of their fee anyway if you’re in a position to do so. This episode is affecting people not just physically, but also financially.