As coronavirus spreads around the world, and we continue to find our movements restricted for an uncertain period of time, it’s crucial for our mental and physical health that we keep our bodies fortified and strong. The good news is, there are plenty of things we can use around the house to stay healthy during isolation.
Take Cold Baths or Showers
A great tool for keeping your body healthy during isolation sits very unassumingly in your bathroom. Most people take showers or baths to get clean, but they can also be used for cold therapy. It might seem bizarre to subject your body to cold water for any period of time, but the potential benefits of cold are well documented. According to Wim Hof, the father of cold therapy, here are a few of them:
- Reduced stress levels. Regularly taking cold showers imposes a small amount of stress on your body, which leads to a process called hardening. This means that your nervous system gradually gets used to handling moderate levels of stress, which helps you to keep a cool head the next time you find yourself in a stressful situation.
- More robust immune response. Scientific studies have found that taking a cold shower increases the amount of white blood cells in your body. These blood cells protect your body against diseases. Researchers believe that this process is related to an increased metabolic rate, which stimulates the immune response.
- Weight loss. That’s right, you can lose weight by laying still! Research has shown exposure to cold stimulates the generation of brown fat, which is a specific type of fat tissue that generates energy by burning calories.
Before you take the plunge, there’s a few things you should know about how to do it properly. Firstly, the temperature needs to be approximately 10–15° Celsius or 50–59° Fahrenheit and in order to reach that, you may need to add warm water or ice. Try and take a bath rather than a shower so you can submerge your whole body, and if you take a shower, make sure you stay fully under the shower head for as long as you can, but limit your overall time to 5 minutes.
Move Your Body
Although our movements have been restricted outside the home, there are still plenty of movements we can do inside the home. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day. If you want to aim higher, you can achieve more health benefits if you ramp up your exercise to 300 minutes or more a week. For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends these exercise guidelines:
- Aerobic activity. Get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of both.
- Body Weight Exercise. Do these at least two body weight workout sessions a week. Youtube is saturated with free, at-home body weight workouts for all the major muscle groups.
- Reduce sitting time: Even if you get the recommended amount of daily physical activity, sitting too much can negatively impact your health and longevity. Try and reduce your sitting time as much as possible, even try breaking up your day into brief bouts of exercise.
Above all, what’s most important is finding ways to integrate movement into your daily life. Remember: any activity is better than none at all! Do your best to build some momentum and carry it forwards from there. Check out our blog on How to Reach Your Health Goals for more tips on setting yourself up for success.
Eat Nutritious Food
With more time available to us, there is no better way to spend it than getting savvy about basic nutrition and food. What we put inside our bodies is one of the biggest levers we can pull to increase our overall health. It’s not about a new fad diet, it’s about making nutritional guidelines part of your everyday life. Start by learning the recommended daily calorie intake for your age, weight, height, activity level, and gender. Check out our blog Health Hacks: Good Health is About More Than CBD to dive deeper, otherwise, here’s some tips to get you started:
- Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables
- Pay attention to your portion sizes
- Drink plenty of water
- Choose whole grains rather than refined grains
- Choose lean proteins
- Avoid sugar as much as possible
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The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex, regulatory system inside the human body which experts think may control homeostasis; that is, the stability of our inner environment. The ECS was identified in the early 1990s by researchers and they’re still attempting to fully understand it. Evidence suggests it may play a role in regulating a range of bodily functions and processes, including appetite and digestion, reproduction and fertility, muscle and bone formation, metabolism, chronic pain, inflammation, immune system responses, mood, learning and memory, motor control, sleep, cardiovascular system function, stress and skin and nerve function. The ECS is impacted by cannabinoids like CBD, although researchers still aren’t completely sure how. While the details are still under debate, research suggests that CBD can help with pain, nausea, and other symptoms associated with multiple conditions.
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