The New Year has not brought about the dissolution of Covid-19 or its restrictions like we had hoped, on the contrary, many countries have amped up lockdown measures in order to stop the spread of the virus. And, so far, it appears the introduction of a vaccine has not been the cure-all to our current situation.
Now more than ever we need to take our health into our own hands and build up our immune systems. Some places are easier than others for living a healthy lifestyle and Costa Rica is one of those rare places where good health is more accessible.
Although the country of Costa Rica is only about 51,000 square kilometres, over one quarter of that area is either a national park or protected area. All that nature acts like a natural air filter, with clean air being vital to the function of our immune systems.
The warmer climate means more time spent outdoors. More time outdoors means more time in the sun and absorption of vitamin d. One report showed that 80 percent of Covid-19 patients had a vitamin d deficiency so making sure we are getting enough, whether from Mother Nature or supplementation, is critically vital in the fight against the virus.
Soaking in the sea is not only relaxing, it is found to be highly beneficial to our health. Sea water contains high levels of absorbable magnesium which, among other health benefits, is connected to reducing anxiety. Stress is extremely hard on our immune system and there is nothing quite as relaxing as a day at the beach, especially while taking in one of Costa Rica’s infamous sunsets.
Another important component in the health of our immune system is, of course, exercise. Due to the year-long warm temperatures, people in Costa Rica are more likely to get outside and go for a walk on a regular basis.
Last, but not least, is our diet. What we put in is what we get out, right? Access to fresh and often organic fruits and vegetables is one of the many benefits of being in Costa Rica, where you can visit a local fruit stand often within walking distance from where you are staying. You can get two bags of fruit and vegetables for under $8 USD, full of vitamin d-rich foods like pineapple, mango, and tomatoes. So, whether you are looking for a place to relax or give your immune system a boost, Costa Rica is the place to be!
Blog by: Jennifer LaCharite – Costa Consultants, International