Brain Health Kitchen founder Annie Fenn, M.D. knows good health-and great food. With wellness in mind, she’s shared a few easy ways to boost your immune system that you can implement at home. Catch her this summer from July 16th – 19th at The Caldera House, where she’ll be teaching cooking classes and planning a delicious plant-based menu for attendees of our Wellness Weekend.
01. Eat Smart – Feed Your Gut
Immunity relies on a healthy and diverse gut microbiome. Feed your gut the right foods: Think PREbiotics-foods rich in the types of fyber good bugs need to thrive, like this cinnamon-spiced farro breakfast bowl with hazelnuts, honey, and berries and cacao nibs.
02. Keep Calm – Less Screen Time, More Movement
Say YES to all the ways our screens connect us now in positive ways. Say NO to mindless scrolling and endless clicks on news articles. Instead, boost mood and immunity by staying active: 20 minutes aerobic exercise a day, plus two to three sessions of strength training each week.
03. Vitamin C, D & Zinc – Better Boosts
Vitamin C is best absorbed through food, so cook liberally with lemons and limes. For Vitamin D, get at least 20 minutes of sun per day, take a supplement, and eat foods like mushrooms, egg yolks, and fatty fish. And be sure to get enough zinc, which protect against viral infections.
04. Drink Up – Hydrate
It’s fine to start a day with a coffee and end with something more festive, but water is what you should be drinking throughout the day. Staying hydrated makes you better equipped to fight off viral infections, and gives you energy to get exercise each day.
05. Catch Some Z’s – Get Enough Sleep
The number one rule for cultivating a strong, resilient immune system: get enough sleep. While you sleep, your brain flushes out toxins, sorts short-term memories into long-term storage, and performs restorative and reparative immune functions.
Article and photos by The Caldera House, Jackson Hole