Our lives have changed drastically in the past couple of months. People are staying at homes to help flatten the curve while frontliners are helping the sick recover and operating basic services such as grocery stores and banks.

The preventive measures are clear to help stop the spread of coronavirus: practice social distancing, wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your face, and disinfect surfaces as much as possible. Aside from this, staying healthy has become more important than ever as well. By having a healthy body, your immune system can fight off illnesses and infections. Here are four ways to keep your health in check.

1. Watch what you eat

Having a healthy and balanced diet nourishes the body so it can function properly. A nutritious diet consists of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins. Knowing what vitamins and supplements to take can help as well. Aside from healthy eating, practicing portion control and switching to healthy alternatives are also steps to better eating habits.

OUR RECOS:

1. Buko Foods Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (500ml), P350
Coconut oil works as a heart-healthy alternative to other cooking oils. It contains lauric acid, a substance that has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties.

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2. Buko Foods Buko Food Organic Coconut Sugar (500g), P375
Coconut sugar is a low-glycemic sweetener, which means that it won’t cause a spike in your blood sugar levels. Unlike refined white sugar, it doesn’t undergo a lot of processing.

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HOW TO TRACK: Download a calorie counter like MyFitnessPal. Not only does it count calories, but it can also help you track what you eat easily. With your weight goals and body type as a basis, it gives you a personalized analysis on the calories you’re taking in versus what you’re actually burning off.

Alternatively, you could also opt to catalog your eating through a food diary. By regularly writing down what you’ve had for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all the snacking you’ve been trying to hide, you’ll be more conscious of what you eat and help make better food choices.

2. Sleep well

Sleep is the body’s natural process of recharging, which strengthens your immune system. Not getting enough the ideal 7-8 hours of sleep can affect your mood, focus, and energy levels if you make it a habit.

OUR RECOS:

1. DreamWell No-melatonin, Spine Date Seed Extract (500mg, 60 caps), P1,200
This natural sleep aid promotes relaxation and sleep without the use of melatonin. It is made up of traditional oriental herbal ingredients and GABA, an amino acid that is produced by your brain to help calm down the mind and achieve better quality sleep.

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2. Zero Basics Deep Sleep Aromatherapy Rollerball, P250
This aromatherapy roll-on is blended with organic grapeseed oil, cedarwood, lavender, and bergamot essential oils. The blend has a relaxing effect on your body, which can help you fall asleep faster.

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HOW TO TRACK: Download a free sleep tracker like Sleep Cycle. It’ll analyze your sleep patterns through a nifty little feature that picks up whether you’re in a light sleep or deep sleep. You can even choose what time you’d like the app to gently wake you up, just like an alarm clock.

3. Get physical

The effects of exercise go beyond maintaining a healthy weight. It can make you de-stress, increase your energy levels, and decrease the risk of developing certain diseases such as obesity and high blood pressure.

OUR RECOS:

1. Manly Jumping Rope, P181
Jump rope is an effective cardio workout. Over time, it can improve your coordination, agility, speed, strength, and balance. Here’s a 10-minute workout that burns more calories than running.

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2. Manly Womanly Glute Bands, P600
These portable loop bands are extremely convenient when you have limited space to work out. They come in a variety of resistance levels, from highly stretchable to heavy-duty strength. You can do a lot of full-body resistance workouts that target different muscle groups.

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HOW TO TRACK: Android and iPhone devices each come with their own health-tracking app. You can check if you’re getting the recommended daily number of steps with its built-in pedometer, or even your nutritional intake based on the food you eat, sleep patterns, and even how activities affect you. They provide data and detailed analysis.

4. Take a blood test

A blood test can help you stay up-to-date about your body’s vital stats. Your blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels are important to your general health. This can be the first step in determining what you should start (or stop) doing.

Editor’s Note: While it may not be the right time now to leave your home for this, consider this as a helpful measure to keep your health in check in the future.

HOW TO TRACK: Keep your medical results on file. This will allow you to compare your past results with present ones. You can then spot patterns based on data, which will help you assess if any lifestyle changes, medicine, or supplements are effective.

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