Your immune system requires a concerted effort on your part to support it in whatever ways you can so that you can fight off the many pathogens you are exposed to each day.
Here are 9 things you can do today for better immune system health!
Eat a healthy diet! This point cannot be overstated enough. Diets filled with whole real food, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains support the development of immune cells you need to fight off infection.
Diets high in saturated fat do just the opposite as they trigger inflammation inside the body that puts you at risk for many different types of chronic diseases.
Please quit smoking! Smoking wreaks havoc on your immune system by flooding the body with scores of toxins that keep your immune system busy—too busy to fight off infections. Smoking affects the cilia in your bronchial tree that are important in sweeping out pathogens that can cause various types of lung infections. Because Covid 19 – or commonly called The Coronavirus – attacks the lungs as a smoker you are immediately at a disadvantage. Do yourself a favor – quit now and give your immune system at least a fighting chance, when the virus attacks your lungs!
Maintain a healthy weight. People who are obese have a harder time fighting infection due to a weakened immune system.
Get regular exercise. Exercise helps you keep a healthy weight or achieve one if you are already overweight. Aerobic exercise is the best as it burns calories and is good for heart health. Start slowly if you haven’t exercised before but build up to about thirty minutes of moderate to strenuous activity at least four times a week. If you cannot exercise outside during lock down check our page on workout habits you can start today.
Drink in moderation. Alcohol can adversely affect your immune system, and those who drink in excess have an increased risk for many different infections as alcohol impedes immunity. In plain English – reduce or better completely stop drinking alcohol during lock down, because you want to have a strong immunity.
Keep your hands clean. Wash your hands before cooking, eating, and after going to the bathroom. You can also use antiseptic wipes on surfaces and hand sanitizers to eradicate germs.
Cook your food well. Well-cooked food kills pathogens found in meat and fish. Cooking your food completely will give your immune system a rest from having to fight off foodborne bacteria.
Get adequate sleep. Sleep is strongly linked to immune system health. When you don’t get enough you can suffer from decreased levels of vital T cells making you prone to colds and flu.
Sleep also affects your body’s ability to make antibodies against the antigens given to you when you are immunized. If you have trouble falling asleep because you are so super-stressed about Covid 19 then check out the excellent book “Unstressed in 10” which has some great easy exercises to do that help you fall asleep – guaranteed!
Get regular checkups. Find a doctor you trust, who supports you in your health efforts and can screen you for the various diseases that can affect your immune system.
With a little effort, your immunity will stay healthy and protect you into old age! GET STARTED TODAY!