In this new reality of global pandemics and specifically the current Covid-19 outbreak, people are understandably concerned about the state of their immune systems and ways to bolster themselves just in case. There are so many ways to boost your immune system! From eating clean and natural herbal medicine to yoga and fresh air. There’s a lot we can do to help ourselves. Here are a few really basic ways to start now!
Eat Well, Eat Clean
By now, we all know what we put into our bodies has a huge impact on how it functions. A healthy, wholesome, clean diet is essential to good health for a number of reasons.
If you are concerned about your immune system, your diet is probably the best place to start. For most people, altering their diet is going to be one of the easiest lifestyle changes they can make to improve their overall health.
There’s no need to become obsessed and change everything immediately, but adding in as much fresh fruits and vegetables and whole foods, while minimizing complex carby, sugary stuff like prepared foods and soda is a great start.
More fresh, clean water and less soda and caffeinated drinks and alcohol is also a big help.
Keep Moving! Get fit, stay fit
It is well established that regular exercise helps the immune system. If you want to make sure that your immune system is operating at its optimal level, keep moving! You don’t have to run a marathon, but simply walking or doing gentle yoga can help!
Get Enough Sleep
Many people underestimate the role that sleep plays in their overall health and well-being, but sleep is a vital ingredient to help maintain the body’s resilience — physically, mentally, emotionally.
If getting a good night’s sleep is a struggle, now is the time to find some great natural remedies. Creating the optimal sleep environment will go a long way to ensuring that you are able to get enough sleep every single night.
Make sure that your sleeping environment is free of any audio or visual distractions (yes, light is an issue!), and make sure that you have somewhere comfortable to sleep. Yes, your mattress matters! This article about the best mattress in 2020 is a great place to start with improving your sleeping environment.
For Everyone’s Sake, WASH YOUR HANDS!
Washing your hands frequently has always been a good idea, but it is flown under the radar as a key to good immunity. Washing your hands regularly will minimize the number of contaminants, viruses, and diseases that your body is exposed to, and with the current Coronavirus pandemic, it’s more important than ever.
Lots of people know that the human body is able to produce its own antibodies against viruses and other infections, but it is a fallacy to think that exposing yourself to these (especially now) will lead to a stronger immune system.
Most doctors and nurses say the primary way they avoid getting ill beyond using protective gear, is to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently and NOT TOUCH THEIR FACES! Ugh. This is hard for most of us, but not time like the present to pretend we’re in a huge dog cone and stop touching our faces, especially when we are out.
While, there is no guarantee who will have immunity against this crazy virus we are currently battling, it doesn’t hurt to put yourself in the best possible condition in case your body is called upon to fend off this or any other illnesses. No downside, really!