Under­stand­ably, there has been a recent surge in hand wash­ing mes­sag­ing and activ­ity.

Indi­vid­u­als are empow­ered to resist the spread of virus and infec­tion by this proper, fre­quent and soapy sim­ple act.

The advent of Spring lends itself nicely to revisit the power of a healthy lifestyle and other sim­ple acts to fight off sick­ness.

The media reminds us daily that peo­ple with com­pro­mised res­pi­ra­tory and pul­monary con­di­tions are most at risk from COVID-​19 and other viruses. Dia­betes also puts one in a “high risk” cat­e­gory.

Spring is the per­fect time to reboot healthy habits. Every part of the body, includ­ing the immune sys­tem, func­tions bet­ter when pro­tected from envi­ron­men­tal assaults. Healthy liv­ing strate­gies bol­sters not only the immune sys­tem, but the abil­ity to cope with ill­ness or injury.

Top­ping the list is the inclu­sion of plenty of fruits and veg­eta­bles in daily menus. This helps main­tain a healthy weight, con­tribut­ing to over­all good health.

Unlim­ited choices in the pro­duce aisle give con­sumers end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties to build a healthy plate. Cit­rus fruits are still going strong in March. Papaya, kiwi, berries and apples can all be included this month for break­fast or lunch, sal­ads and guilt-​free snack­ing. Intro­duce a new vari­ety or untried recipe to wake up the sea­son.

Spring veg­eta­bles high­light the color green. Aspara­gus, arti­chokes and peas are bright and lively. Avo­ca­dos are always wel­come.

Broc­coli, spinach and cab­bages, like leafy greens, are loaded with essen­tial vit­a­mins and antiox­i­dants.– Known to boost immune sys­tem func­tion­ing.

A bal­anced diet doesn’t need to be com­pli­cated. Choose whole, unprocessed foods. Reduce added sug­ars and watch por­tion sizes to improve nutri­tion.

Reg­u­lar exer­cise is one of the pil­lars of healthy liv­ing. It improves car­dio­vas­cu­lar health, low­ers blood pres­sure, helps con­trol body weight, and pro­tects against a vari­ety of dis­eases.

Just like a healthy diet, exer­cise can con­tribute to gen­eral good health and there­fore to a healthy immune sys­tem. Even more, exer­cise pro­motes good cir­cu­la­tion, allow­ing the cells and sub­stances of the immune sys­tem to move through the body freely and effi­ciently.

More Spring tips: Get enough sleep. Reset night­time sleep hygiene habits (elim­i­nate dig­i­tal dis­trac­tions). Stay hydrated. Reduce alco­holic bev­er­ages. Make time for per­sonal endeav­ors (yoga, jour­nal­ing, read­ing, gar­den­ing, more time with friends, ser­vice to oth­ers, etc.)

Spring is a new begin­ning and a fresh start. Let the regen­er­a­tive pow­ers of sun­shine, warm weather and more sun­light restore and inspire.

To read the full Mar­ket Report, includ­ing this week’s mar­ket update, see below or click here.