While cases of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) continue to arise, and death increases globally, what else can we do to improve our health and give our immune systems a fighting chance of beating the virus?
Aside from frequent hand washing, keeping yourself hydrated, avoiding crowded places, and not touching your face, boosting your immune system is still the best way to fend off viruses and to stay healthy in this current situation. In this article, we are going to discuss ways on how you can boost your immune system and prevent the virus from spreading. It’s always better to be prepared!
Get Active or Play Sport Outdoors
If you’re not ill, there is no excuse to stop working out or playing a sport with your mates during this time. As a matter of fact, according to research published in the Environmental Science & Technology journal that exercising outdoors has been linked to improved mental health, like the reduction in stress levels, improve self-esteem levels, and intensify mental well-being. However, if there’s a lockdown in your place, you may play your sports in your backyard instead. If this is not possible, you may watch youtube videos about home exercises so you can still get moving.
Getting sun exposure also gives you a healthy dose of vitamin D, which is necessary for strong bones, a healthy immune system and enhance metabolic function. Moreover, exposure to sunlight can improve sleep quality, elevate immunity and push endorphin production to lift your spirits.
Alleviate Stress to Avoid the Weakening of the Immune System
Stress can debilitate our immune system. In simpler words, higher levels of cortisol and adrenaline can suppress our immune system and we will discover ourselves getting sick more frequently. To prevent this, you may go for a run, have your body moving with simple exercise or do some yoga to relieve all that repressed stress from work or school.
It’s great to keep yourself updated on the condition of the coronavirus situation but don’t stress yourself too much over fake news that may be communicated to infuse fear and disturbance.
Get Adequate Sleep
Our immune system is like a computer, it needs time to rest so it doesn’t become overheated. Like our system that needs to reboot when we sleep. If you are sleep-deprived, your body releases stress hormones such as cortisol to keep you awake and alert, which can suppress your immune system. People who are able to complete a full eight hours of shut-eye had higher levels of T cells than those who slept less. According to a 2015 study published in the journal Sleep, you need to get at least seven hours of sleep at night. The study found out that people who followed were four times less likely to come down with a cold than those who clocked less than six.
Eat HEALTHY Food
When we talk about good nutrition, let’s emphasize the word HEALTHY. Our immune system necessitates vitamins and minerals to function at an optimum level. When you consume a wholesome and varied diet ensures that our immune system operates at peak performance and aids us to prevent illnesses and immunodeficiency problems.
Foods including citrus fruits, broccoli, spinach, red bell peppers, and garlic are just some examples of immune boosters that you can consume to help you stay fit and increase immunity. You also need to watch your diet. It’s important that you limit meat, particularly processed and fried foods, which easily causes more inflammation. We highly recommend a whole food diet, lean more on natural products and organic food. You may focus on a Mediterranean style of eating, it comes with a diet rich in fruits, whole grains, vegetables, and healthy fats, found in foods like fatty fish, olive oil, and nuts. Having this eating pattern will give you high nutrients like vitamin C, zinc and other antioxidants shown to help lessen inflammation and fight infection.
Plan Your Supplements
Although there’s no magic herb or vitamin you can take to automatically prevent a cold, flu or other viruses, according to the British Medical Journal, taking a moderate daily dose of Vitamin D may provide protection if you’re getting low in the sunshine vitamin. If you’re not sure of getting enough vitamin D is to get your blood levels tested.
We recommend cooking with herbs like garlic, ginger, rosemary, oregano, and turmeric. All of these have proven to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Author Bio: Andrea Ollero is a writer for Healthy Being- Online Health Food Store, that caters to a wide range of health products, natural foods, and organic supplements. She is also a content crafter who researches and writes custom content about travel, fashion, finance, business, home improvements, health, and beauty, in order to provide helpful information and tips for her readers. Andrea graduated from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016.