9 Ways to Boost Your Immune System During a Pandemic
There has been a lot of conflicting news going around about COVID-19. However, the general understanding is that this respiratory illness tends to cause deaths in people with a weaker immune system or in those who have other pre-existing illnesses.
So, it’s no wonder that millions of people have suddenly taken an interest in their health and wish to boost their body’s immune systems. The good news is that you can shore up your body’s defences in a relatively short time if you adopt the necessary measures.
Here are 9 that will give you an edge during this pandemic.
We all know that this is the most commonly recommended vitamin for fighting colds and preventing the flu. Unfortunately, the body does not have the ability to store vitamin C.
So, you’ll need to consume a vitamin C supplement daily. It could be a chewable or in effervescent form that dissolves in water.
During these dangerous times, you’re better off getting your daily dosage through a supplement, rather than trying to meet your daily needs by guzzling orange juice or gnawing on broccoli.
An often neglected mineral, zinc has a multitude of benefits. Your body cannot produce it. So, you’ll need to proactively consume it.
You can easily purchase zinc supplements from a health store online or offline. Only a small amount daily is required to help promote optimal health.
Zinc will help to boost your immune system, decrease inflammation, accelerate healing and reduce the risks of age-related disease. This is especially important now because older people are more susceptible to COVID-19.
Probiotics will improve your gut health and as a result, your immunity will get stronger. It aids in the production of antibodies and also mitigates most respiratory illnesses. You definitely want to be consuming probiotics.
Yoghurt, miso, tempeh, kimchi and kombucha are excellent probiotics to include in your diet.
Garlic oil supplements
Garlic is an immunity booster, and the allicin it contains has medicinal properties. This is one of nature’s most powerful foods and it works wonders at preventing diseases and improving general health.
You can get some from a health store and consume a capsule or two daily. While eating garlic is good, a supplement is easier and better because you’ll need to consume a lot of garlic to get the same amount of allicin that you get from a capsule.
You’re trying to ward off COVID-19, not Dracula. So, an easy to swallow capsule will do.
Self-isolation does not mean hibernation. Exercise will boost your immunity by getting your blood circulation going and improving your strength and stamina.
Even if you’re stuck at home, there are tons of home workouts that you can do to get your daily exercise. Go ahead and try home workout programs like P90X or Insanity Max. You’ll be amazed at how challenging these workouts are.
Starting yoga in the comfort of your home is also an option.
Do note that excessive exercise can lower your immunity. So, exercise daily but don’t overdo it. With the coronavirus going around, you do not want a weaker immune system.
Exercise to break a sweat and get your heart pumping, but don’t work yourself daily to a point of exhaustion and tax your central nervous system unnecessarily.
Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily. A well-rested body is a healthier and stronger body.
Your health will improve when you shed your excess pounds. With all the food shortages in the supermarkets, there's never been a better time to change your regular eating/drinking habits, for example, have you tried making smoothies?
If the rest of the family are stuck at home with you too, this is a fun activity to get everyone involved in. Not only is it a great way to get everyone off the couch, but your immune system will get a boost and your health will improve tremendously as you make your way towards your ideal weight!
Quit smoking. Reduce your consumption of alcohol. Cut down your sugar intake and strive to give up any unhealthy habits you may have.
It’ll be tough… but that’s to be expected. Embrace the challenge and overcome it. Once these detrimental habits are eliminated, you will look and feel like a brand new you.
Basic hygiene such as washing your hands regularly, not touching your face when you’re outside and showering the moment you get home are all simple but crucial habits that will boost your immune system.
DO NOT sit on the couch or bed when you get home from outside. You don’t know what bacteria are on your clothes… and you don’t want them transferred on to the items in your house.
Put your clothes for washing immediately and wear new ones after your shower.
By adopting these 9 measures, you’ll boost your body’s immunity and give yourself a fighting chance against COVID-19 or any other disease that tries to take root in your body. Get started today.