Check out these great tips from guest writer, Jimmy Maysa, discussing some important considerations to take in helping boost your immune system. During the current crazy times of COVID-19, it is important to take precautions of staying home if possible or social distancing and wearing masks if going out. In addition to these precautions, in order to help your chances of fighting the virus if you do get sick, ensuring you are utilizing the tips discussed below to help boost your immune system can be advantageous in staying well or minimizing severity of infection. Check out the guest post below for these great immunity boosting tips!
*Please note that while these tips are beneficial in strengthening the immune system, COVID-19 is still a relatively new virus filled with many unknowns, you can still get sick even if you are a healthy individual, so even if you are doing everything to be healthy and boost your immune system, still ensure you are taking additional base line precautions.*
When it comes to boosting your immune system during the COVID-19 pandemic, you need to consider many factors. In addition to washing your hands, using wipes, masks, and sanitizers, check out these factors, which contribute to healthy living.
** Update: Author bio: Jimmy Maysa is a proud daddy with 3 kids: 1- month- old boy, two girls 2 and 5 years old, respectively. Prior to the birth of his first kid, he acquired the knowledge himself about every product category that suits little children and even his pregnant wife. Now with his life experience, he can suggest the perfect things to be bought for your new bundle of joy.**
Boosting Immunity to Fight the Coronavirus
The start of 2020 has hit the world hard with the pandemic effect of the COVID-19 virus. The Coronavirus has hit almost every nation, and everyone is trying their best to avoid the virus’s effects. Some might have resorted to social distancing, while some countries have made public gathering punishable. Washing your hands at regular intervals and wearing a face mask has become art-and-parcel of life.
Since no immunization is available against the Coronavirus, boosting your immune system can potentially help evade the viral attack. Apart from sanitizers and hand washes, baby wipes can also be used. An excellent addition to frequent handwashing, baby wipes can be used even for faces.
Apart from personal hygiene, another way to fight the Coronavirus is by boosting immunity through food and exercise.
How Does the Immune System Fight a Virus?
A sound immune system can help fight the Coronavirus more successfully. The virus infects a person and invades the cell of the host to replicate and survive. Once a virus invades the cell, the immune system cannot stop the culture of the virus inside the body. The antibodies fight against the virus by producing histocompatibility complexes and prevent entering the body cells.
Boosting the Immune System
A healthy immune system can help evade viral attacks, and you can try different methods to boost your immunity.
#1: A Healthy Mind
Your mental health is closely connected with your immune health. Chronic stress and anxiety can lower your immunity by altering your mental health. Anxiety might lead to sleeplessness, which can cause the secretion of the stress hormone, cortisol, that keeps you awake, suppressing your immunity.
According to clinical research, if you sleep well, you tend to have more numbers of T cells and a higher level of immunity. Stress can also trigger the production of cytokines that trigger inflammation. When you are already ill, the chances of the Coronavirus infection increase manifold.
#2: Regular Exercises
Even if you are in isolation and do not have access to gyms, exercises can still keep you healthy and boost immunity. Clinical research reveals exercise boosts the immune system. Exercise is a natural antidote to anxiety. Regular exercise can increase both your immunity and mental health by the release of endorphins. Additionally, exercise boosts the immune system.
Regular exercise, but of moderate-intensity like aerobics, cycling, or walking, can help keep you active and rejuvenated, even outside the gym. Exercise can increase blood flow in your body and can help cause white blood cells and antibodies to be circulated rapidly. This, in turn, boosts immunity.
#3: The Diet
A balanced diet is essential to boost and maintain your immunity. The COVID-19 is a virus that attacks the immune system and renders it weak. A diet rich in fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, and vegetables is recommended. You can consume fatty fishes, olive oil, and green leafy vegetables rich in Vitamin C.
To boost the immune system, a healthy eating plan needs to be maintained. Vitamin D should also be incorporated into your regular diet. Berries like grapes, strawberries, cocoa, and dark chocolates can also boost immunity.
Improved personal hygiene and better diet plans can boost your immunity. Proper sleep and regular exercise can be incorporated in routine to keep the Coronavirus at bay.
I hope you enjoyed this guest post and would love to hear if you have any questions or comments.
Wishing you the best in health and wellness,
–Ricci-Lee Hotz, MS, RDN
Denver’s Dancing Dietitian
A Taste of Health, LLC
“Improving Quality of life one bite at a time”