The COVID-19 pandemic is on everyone’s minds as we all practice social isolation. The spread of this virus has been unprecedented, and many people are at risk for developing complications.
But when your immune system is strong, chances are good that you’ll experience mild symptoms if you do get the Coronavirus.
We’re all following CDC guidelines, but there are also a few things you can do to build up your immune system during this outbreak.
1. Eat whole foods
There’s never been a better time to eat balanced meals than now. It makes a difference. Eating whole foods means avoiding processed foods that increase your risk of developing or worsening a number of metabolic diseases. And although the research on the Coronavirus is very new, researchers are now finding that people who are suffering from metabolic syndrome are more susceptible to complications from the Coronavirus.
There aren’t really any quick fixes to health, but the good news is that you can start seeing the impact of dietary changes on tests like blood pressure and blood sugar within a few short weeks.
2. Take your vitamins
In most cases, healthy adults can get away with eating a balanced diet without worrying about supplementation. But in times like these, you may want to consider upping your intake of immune-boosting vitamins like vitamin D3, vitamin C and zinc. There’s no need to overdo it, but having these covered should at least give you some peace of mind.
We’ve all heard the doctors’ warnings about heart disease, cardiovascular health and COVID-19. But whether you have risk factors of heart disease or not, it certainly won’t hurt to do a little cardio. Again, don’t overdo it. But it’s a good idea to add a brisk walk or light jog to your day. Don’t forget as well, if you are out and about, try to wear a mask as often as you can – you’ll see in stores and premises that businesses are starting to use facemask signs to remind everyone to wear them – make sure you adhere to this because in a confined area like a small shop, the mask will become more important. It’ll be nice for most of us to get out into the sunshine anyway.
4. Quit smoking
If you’re a smoker, consider this your wake-up call. It’s time for a change. At the very least, cut back on your tobacco habit. CoVid-19 is a virus that affects the lungs, and this really isn’t the time to be inhaling toxins if you can help it. Quitting smoking is definitely easier said than done, but now is the ideal time to try a few things and see what works for you.
5. Limit alcohol and other addictive substances
There are a lot of posts circulating around social media about alcohol during quarantine. People are sharing drink recipes and jokes about how much wine they’ll drink. But in all seriousness, if you want to fortify your immune system, alcohol isn’t going to help. Alcohol depletes the body of many nutrients and suppresses your central nervous system, especially in excess.
And if you have any other addictions, consider addressing them now. Something like a harmful cocaine addiction can really detract from your health at a time when good health is essential.
6. Get adequate sleep
There are many studies that connect sleep and immunity, but here’s the bottom line. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, your immune function will suffer. Try to set an early bedtime to ensure you’re getting at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
Although there’s a lot of scary stuff in the news, we do have some control over our own health. We can all do what we can to fortify our immune systems during this worsening pandemic.