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Physical Exercise & Nutrition

Physical exercise
Exercise has been shown to boost your immune system and help alleviate depression. As always, consult your healthcare provider before starting a fitness program.

 To help protect yourself from COVID-19 infection, observe social distancing guidelines when leaving your home to exercise. Additionally, a wide variety of exercise classes stream online, from yoga to dance classes, martial arts to tai chi, and everything in between. While many of these fitness programs charge monthly subscription fees, many others are offering free programs during the crisis.

A diet rich in nutritious, anti-inflammatory foods such as those found in the Mediterranean diet is good for boosting overall health which is important during a pandemic. This type of diet consists primarily of whole, unprocessed, real foods; daily intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, lean proteins, and healthy fats. 

Highly processed foods, fast-food, and food with little to no nutritional value are to be avoided. These foods are a large part of the Standard American Diet (SAD). SAD is not recommended as it does not promote health.

If you are concerned about acquiring and consuming fresh produce during the pandemic, the CDC reports: “…because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging.”

To help ensure safety, consider delivery options under “Grocery Shopping, Deliveries & Restaurants.” Wash produce with running water only. Never use soap, sanitizers, or bleach solutions to wash produce. Fruits and vegetables are porous. Detergents and bleach that are not meant to be consumed can make you sick.

Vitamin D is being investigated for boosting the immune system in a way that may help the body defend itself against COVID-19.

 Sources: CNBC ; CDC ; FactCheck.org

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