Staying Healthy at Home with Immune Boosting & Sanity Saving Strategies
As folks here and around the world are now strongly urged to keep social distance and not engage in any unnecessary trips out and about, know that while our office is open, we are focused only on high priority treatment and dental emergencies, such as infections or damaged teeth.
Should this change, we’ll keep you updated.
We’ve also drastically modified our schedule to ensure that only one patient is in the office at a time. Meanwhile, our team maintains the same high level of infection control we always practice at Fremont Natural Dentistry. Beyond thorough sterilization and disinfection procedures for all equipment and operatories, we run powerful air purifiers throughout our office and use ozone not just in dental treatments but also to keep our water lines clean.
But most of you are likely at home right now, just looking for reassurance as you shelter in place, especially if you’re trying to make sense of the ever-changing news and information landscape online.
One thing that doesn’t change a lot is information on best practices for oral and systemic health. You know about excellent oral hygiene and a healthy diet, but it’s good to look at additional ways to boost your immune system during this uncertain season.
For starters, there’s a reason vitamin C is often touted for its power against colds and flu, as well as helping control oxidative stress (stress that can worsen respiratory infections). Controlled studies even suggest vitamin C also may lessen or prevent pneumonia.
Like zinc, vitamin C is also known for reducing the duration of colds. Both zinc and vitamin C are in a surprising number of healthy foods you probably already have in your fridge and pantry. However your body doesn’t store zinc or vitamin C, so you may want to supplement to make sure you’re getting enough.
Vitamin D has also been shown to boost your immune system in addition to having anti-inflammatory effects. Of course, it’s great for your oral health, too. Depending on your skin tone and sensitivities, one way to get a dose of D is with 10 to 30 minutes of midday sunlight several times per week.
If it’s too populated for you to maintain social distancing for a walk, just open a window on a sunny day. Close your eyes and raise your face to the sun for several minutes. You’ll probably still need to get vitamin D from other sources, especially if the weather doesn’t cooperate, but getting some D the natural way can probably boost your sense of well-being, too.
Getting exercise, inside or out, is also important for your physical, mental, and oral health alike, especially during stressful times. There are so many helpful videos online for all abilities and energy levels – from beginner to expert. Gentle yoga videos can also be a great way to stretch and relax, especially when the instructor teaches from the beach!
Finally, remember that social distancing isn’t the same as being antisocial. Stay connected even when you’re staying home. Find out which friends have e-readers and begin a virtual book club. Put your phone on speaker and talk with your dad while you make dinner. Skype with loved ones near and far.
Sure, you probably communicate a lot through texting or Facebook, but you might be surprised at how much comfort you’ll get from hearing a loved one’s voice or seeing the grandkids laughing together via video. Try it today.