Understandably, personal health and wellness are probably at the forefront of your mind right now. In the midst of a global pandemic, most individuals — and parents, in particular — are taking every possible step to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. But while washing your hands, staying six feet apart, and wearing masks in public are all recommended to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, is there more you might be doing to boost the health of your family?

While this highly contagious virus is currently dominating the news cycle, it’s certainly not the only bacterial threat out there. And although drug discovery is a multi-billion dollar industry, we have yet to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. As such, you’ll want to be proactive about improving your immune system for the foreseeable future.

Of course, homeopathic remedies are not viable treatments for COVID-19. Any resource that specifically claims essential oils or herbal supplements will cure or fight off the novel coronavirus should not be taken as fact. However, there are some wholly natural ways that have been proven to strengthen the immune system overall — and that could potentially minimize the severity of an illness or increase your body’s ability to bounce back. To that end, here are a few tips your family can focus on in an effort to strengthen your immunity during this pandemic.

Maintain a Nutritious Diet

Quarantine life has made many of us turn to baked goods and comfort foods in order to cope. But if you find yourself gorging on candy or polishing off a bag of chips every night, you won’t be doing your body any favors. A little bit of self-isolation weight gain isn’t something to panic over, but keep in mind that you’ll be missing out on nutrients your body needs to stay healthy if you don’t make an effort to consume lots of fresh foods.

Gut health and immune system health are generally thought to be connected, so it makes sense that you might start to feel lousy (and might not be able to fight off infections as speedily) if your diet doesn’t support a healthy microbiome. Fresh fruits and veggies can supply a lot of the essential vitamins and minerals your body requires to fight off disease; try to “eat the rainbow” of different colors when planning your meals. Garlic, onions, beets, mushrooms, berries, cabbage, and many other types of produce have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties your family will enjoy. Bell peppers are rich in vitamin C, while zinc can be found in cashews and eggs. Magnesium-rich foods, like leafy greens and legumes, may also support immunity and you may also want to include foods rich in antioxidants like spinach, plums, artichokes, and tomatoes. In general, you should opt to eat the full fruit or vegetable, rather than load up on juices. You can also supplement with capsules like vitamin C and zinc or echinacea and olive leaf extract. Fermented foods (like kimchi and sauerkraut) or those with probiotics (like yogurt and kefir) can further improve gut health. Processed foods, fried foods, sugar, and meat products can actually inflame your gut, so you’ll want to limit your consumption of those when trying to boost your immunity.

This isn’t to say you or your kids have to cut out certain foods if you want to avoid contracting COVID-19. We’re all human, and sometimes those food-related pleasures can play a substantial role in our lives at home. But if you can get your kids involved in and excited about healthy eating, you’ll all be better off. Sign up for an “ugly” produce box (which will deliver fresh-yet-slightly-misshapen fruits and veggies to your home each week), start a backyard garden, or host your own cooking show” in your kitchen with your sous-chef children to pique their interest and encourage them to try new recipes.

Get Ample Sleep

The idea of feeling well-rested during a pandemic may sound ridiculous. Between stress dreams and disruption of regular routines, it’s no wonder that your family might be struggling to get a decent night’s sleep. However, sleep is one of your body’s top defenses against illness. If you don’t get enough sleep, your body will actually produce more cortisol and adrenaline; this will make your sleep cycle even more out of whack and will cause stress for both your mind and your immune system.

Adults typically need anywhere from seven to nine hours of sleep each night. One study found that getting at least seven hours of sleep every night can make you four times less likely to catch a cold, as compared to getting less than six hours of shut-eye each evening. Children tend to need even more sleep. Depending on their age, your kids might realistically need anywhere from eight to 12 hours each night to be at their best.

If your family is having trouble drifting off to dreamland, there are a few things you can do. First of all, you’ll want to limit phone usage in the evenings and keep screens out of bedrooms, as the light can stimulate the mind and make it harder to wind down. You’ll also want to maintain consistent bedtimes (even for the adults!), as disruptions to our circadian rhythms can be harmful to our immune systems. Try to keep a consistent meal schedule too, as eating too late at night can make it harder to sleep. Parents should also limit their caffeine and alcohol intake during this time — as difficult as that may be — in pursuit of a better sleep schedule.

Fit in Some Fitness

Although most doctors will understand the value of a second opinion, you’d be hard-pressed to find a physician who doesn’t support the idea of regular physical exercise. Not only can your workouts help you maintain a healthy weight and fight off any number of health conditions, but they’ll also reduce stress, increase energy, and allow you to sleep better at night. Data also shows that exercise can improve the metabolic and immune systems, as it increases the body’s production of antibodies and T-cells. Interestingly, working up a sweat can help your body kill pathogens, as raising your body temperature can somewhat mimic the conditions of a fever. Exercising at least five times per week can reduce the risk of contracting an upper respiratory infection by nearly 50%, according to a recent study, as opposed to staying sedentary.

Of course, with gyms shuttered and public parks facing either closure or overcrowding, it’s tough to figure out how you can safely exercise. If you have room in your house, you can easily roll out a few yoga mats for everyone and gather in front of the TV for a fun YouTube workout. You could also throw a dance party, have a house cleaning competition, or create an obstacle course in the backyard. Taking nightly walks or bike rides in the neighborhood can also be great, provided you’re able to stay at least six feet away from others. Hiking on a local nature trail or playing basketball in your own driveway can also be great options for the whole family.

Eating right, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly are pretty basic rules for overall health. But during the pandemic, you may have to get a little creative about how you present these concepts to your kids or change the way you approach overall wellness. There’s no magic cure for COVID-19 as of yet, but the best way to prevent the spread of any kind of illness is to take an active role in the health of your loved ones.