How To Strengthen Your Immune System
Here's what you can do to increase your immunity.
Today, the whole world is dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, and countless messages carrying health advice have been shared around the internet. However, not all the advice you're going to read on the internet will actually help, and taking large quantities of vitamins might, in fact, do you harm. Please note that none of the advice written below won't keep you from taking the virus, but to increase your immunity. A strong immune system helps the body fight viruses and infections.
What can you do to strengthen your immune system naturally?
1. Eat a variety of healthy foods!
Eating loads of oranges and lemons won't do you any good. Instead, it is important you eat a variety of fruits, veggies, protein, nuts, and seeds. We recommend you cook your meals instead of eating out, avoid processed foods, and other unhealthy foods or drinks, like soda or junk food.
Don't take any supplements unless recommended by your doctor. If you want to increase your vitamin intake, do it by eating healthy foods, fresh veggies and fruits, nuts and seeds, and so on.
2. Get enough sleep and manage your stress.
We're living through a difficult period, but it's important to manage our stress and rest. Many of us aren't sure if we're still going to have a job in the close future, many have already lost their job, and most of us have family members we're trying to protect from the disease. Everyone's under a lot of stress, but we all need to manage our emotions so we can stay safe. Shut down your TV, because it's all bad news for now, and if you're going to spend a lot of time on the internet, focus on positive news and messages. Spend your day doing relaxing activities, like reading books, yoga, painting, watching movies, whatever it is that you like. It is very important you get plenty of sleep at night because stress and exhaustion can affect your immune system.
3. Spend time under the sun.
Getting enough Vitamin D is good, and sunshine is a great natural source. You can take supplements if the sun isn't shining in your area this time of the year, but in moderate doses, and make sure you ask your doctor about it first. However, if the weather outside allows you to stay in the sun, do it! We're not recommending you go out in crowded areas, as this virus spreads quickly, but if you have a balcony or a small terrace where you can spend an hour a day, let the sun see you. Also, Vitamin D can be found in some foods like salmon, tuna, mackerel, and in small amounts in beef liver, eggs, cheese, and mushrooms.
4. Exercising helps a lot!
Not only it helps you deal with the stress, but it also helps strengthen your immune system. We're not recommending you go to the gym, because you may be exposed to the virus, but you can easily work out at home. Start your day with some burpees, lunges, push-ups, and some other bodyweight movements you can do at home.
5. If you're going to drink, do it moderately.
If you're working from home, it's not like you have to be somewhere tomorrow morning, so you may be tempted to have a glass or two. Which is great, but make sure you don't drink too much. It can make you more vulnerable to illness, and if you have too many glasses, it can increase the stress and nervosity. So, have a glass of wine to relax, but leave some in the bottle for tomorrow, too.
What to avoid.
There is a general estate of panic, and people send around all kinds of messages 'recommending' all kinds of 'remedies'. Don't take any medicine without the doctor's prescription, as you can do more harm, than good. If you're thinking about getting some vitamin supplements, ask your doctor first. Don't go out in crowded areas, and postpone going to events where there could be a lot of people. Stay home as much as possible, it's the only way you can be safe from the virus. There are plenty of stores who deliver products, so order online what you need and avoid going shopping. Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds, and clean your home every day (wash the floor, the doors, and any objects you touch often). Don't treat this as a joke, because it isn't, but don't panic, either. This is serious, but it will pass. Stay safe!