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Ways to Boost Your Immunity and Protect Others

With the COVID-19 outbreak, boosting our immunity is more important than ever. And not only for our own benefit, but for the health of others.
Coronavirus poses the greatest threat to the elderly and the immunocompromised.
Please remember that even if you are healthy and unafraid of contracting this virus, there are many people who face a greater risk should they become infected, including those with gut health issues.

At OWL Venice, many of our customers come to us because they are struggling with an unhealthy gut. It’s important to understand that our gut affects our entire bodies. Issues like IBS, leaky gut, SIBO, acid reflux, ulcers, irregular bowel movements, Colitis, etc. affect more than just our digestive system. They affect our moods, brain function, energy levels, allergies, skin, and immunity.

Symptoms of a compromised immune system include:

  • Frequent colds
  • High stress-level
  • Poor digestion
  • Low energy
  • Frequent infections
  • Anemia
  • Auto-immune disorders

Whether or not you believe you have an unhealthy gut or compromised immune system, it’s important we take precautions to protect ourselves. This is the best way we can prevent the virus from spreading and infecting others!

5 Key Ways to Boost Immunity 

1. Eat (and drink) a healthy diet.

When it comes to overall health and a strong immune system, a healthy diet is essential. In order for your body to fight off disease and infection, it needs the proper fuel! While there’s no one miracle food that will shield you from illness, a balanced diet infused with specific immune-boosting foods can make a world of a difference. 

Bone broth is a nutritional powerhouse that heals the gut and boosts immunity. In fact, a study published in 2000 showed that chicken soup reduces the symptoms of a respiratory tract infection. But before you run out to the store and fill your cart with cooking stock, remember that the quality of ingredients also plays a role in a broth’s effectiveness. 

OWL Venice Bone Broth Elixirs are made with the highest quality bones. The animals our bones come from are grass-fed and finished, fed an organic diet, and pasture-raised. This ensures our broths are free of toxic ingredients that can contribute to a weakened immune system. 

In addition, we simmer all of our bone broths and vegan broth with medicinal herbs and veggies that reduce inflammation, aid in digestion, and support immunity such as turmeric, ginger, lavender and mushroom. 

2. Reduce stress.

Not only is stress bad for your mental health, it can also negatively impact your physical health. Even though there may be a lot to worry about right now, do everything you can to lower your stress level. Practice controlled breathing, implement tools for constructive conflict resolution, and meditate regularly. 

3. Wash your hands.

Lather, rinse, repeat. Sometimes this simple action is easy to forget — We get it. In a time like this, do whatever you can to remember. Set a timer on your phone if you have to!

Used the bathroom? Wash your hands.
Left the house? Wash your hands.
Preparing food?
Wash your hands.
About to eat?
Wash your hands.
Treating a wound? Wash your hands.
Just blew your nose?
Wash your hands.
Don’t know how?
Click here.

4. Move your body.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to care for your body by getting daily exercise. Moving your body will actually increase white blood count and help flush bacteria out of your lungs and airways.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to engage in strenuous exercise to reap these benefits. Do what feels best for your body! Go for a walk, practice yoga, do a workout YouTube video. If possible, avoid attending group workout sessions while social distancing is recommended… but if you must, remember to disinfect your area and equipment before and after class. 

5. Get plenty of rest.

Sleeping gives our bodies a chance to recharge. Make it a priority to get a full night’s rest, and you’ll be more likely to ward off illness. Aim to get at least 6-7 hours of sleep a night. When possible, squeeze in a 30 minute nap.

Practice good bedtime habits like avoiding screens and journaling (more on that here). Another good tip? Drink bone broth before going to sleep to promote a good night’s rest!

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of Coronavirus! Your efforts will not only protect your own health, but protect the health of other people who may be more at risk.

We’re proud of you for doing your part and thinking about the greater good!

In health,
The OWL Fam