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 more commonly in people with a weaker immune system or in those who have a pre-existing illness.
It’s not surprising, therefore, 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 strengthen your body’s defences in a relatively short time if you adopt the necessary measures.
Here are 9 ways to give yourself 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 an effervescent form that dissolves in water. I recommend PuraThrive’s Liposomal Vitamin C because it’s 20 times more absorbable than other formulations.
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 can 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 can support a healthy gut and as a result, your immunity can become stronger. It can aid in the production of antibodies and can help mitigate most respiratory illnesses. You definitely don’t want to leave out 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 keeping disease at bay and improving general health. You can get some from a health store and consume a capsule or two daily.
While eating garlic is good, taking a supplement is convenient and advantageous; you’ll need to consume a lot of garlic to get the same amount of allicin that you would 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 can 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.
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 compromised immune system. Exercise to break a sweat and get your heart pumping but don’t work yourself to a point of exhaustion and tax your central nervous system unnecessarily.
Go for 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily. A well-rested body can mean a healthier and stronger body.
Your health can improve when you shed unwanted pounds. With all the food shortages in the supermarkets, now is as good a time as any to adopt an intermittent fasting protocol and lose that excess weight. Your immune system can get a boost and your health can 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 should 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 can 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 to the items in your house. Put your clothes out for washing and don fresh ones after your shower.
By adopting these 9 measures you can help to 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!