Covid-19

Effective Ways To Boost Your Immune System Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

With all the tips being thrown at us on how to prevent exposure from coronavirus (and viruses in general) this season, it is easy to feel confused as to what should we be following religiously. However, many of these fail to take into account the immune system, which helps our bodies effectively fight back against the virus in the event that we do get exposed to it. 

The immune system is more important than ever, especially now that the coronavirus outbreak is continuing to spread globally. You can help boost its effectiveness against this deadly virus through the following ways:

Reduce stress 

Stress causes your body to produce stress hormones (cortisol), which take a toll on your immune system, so it is important that you reduce stress in order to keep your immune system strong and kicking. 

To do this, ensure that you have at least a decent work-life balance and take breaks when needed ("water cooler" breaks and long vacations count.). You can also employ calming or relaxing stress reduction techniques such as practicing mindfulness. If you are really feeling burned out, you can sometimes take adrenal support supplements such as Ashwagandha.

Sleep whenever you are tired 

Many of us walk around always feeling exhausted. Unfortunately, every time we stay awake when our bodies want us to get sleep, we get stressed out, affecting our immunity and leaving us prone to all kinds of sicknesses. Drinking caffeinated drinks all the time (e.g. coffee, black tea, soda/soft drinks) only masks just how tired we actually are.

So if you want to repair your immune system faster, get as much sleep as you needed.

Vitamins 

Immunity-boosting food such as citrus fruits (e.g. oranges, lemons), garlic, spinach and broccoli keeps your immune system up and running. If your immune system is already weak, it helps that you supplement with key vitamins and minerals that may have been depleted, including vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin D and zinc.

Reduce inflammation 

Sugar, processed meat, vegetable oils and alcohol are inflammatory foods that keep the immune system busy, leaving other problems in your body unaddressed. That is why it helps to remove these from your diet if you want your immune system to remain healthy and functioning.

Moderate exercise 

Physical exercise and a healthy, active lifestyle go hand in hand in boosting your immune system. However, too much exercise can stress you out and severely affect your immune system, so it is best to take things slowly on your next workout session and keep the other tips in mind: Keep your stress level low and take some rest if you are tired.

Avoid exposure to toxins 

Many types of toxins can devastate your immune system. Mycotoxins, in particular, are notorious for destroying the immune system. 

To avoid these harmful substances, try to minimize exposure to chlorinated drinking water, pesticides, air fresheners, heavy metals, polluted air and food additives.

Exercise Regular exercise offers a number of benefits, from better health, bonding to better understanding your body. Pixabay

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