Your immune system is incredible. It literally saves your life on a daily basis. But in these times of crisis, with a global pandemic sweeping through our nations, we need our immune systems now more than ever.
A healthy immune system won’t prevent you from catching the coronavirus. However, it will go a long way towards mitigating its effects and preventing you from needing hospitalization or even suffering serious or fatal consequences. And don’t make the mistake of assuming that because you’re young and fit that you’ll be insulated from the virus’ dangerous effects. A very fit and healthy soccer coach was killed by the virus in Spain aged just 21. Still, no matter what your age, where you live or how fit and healthy you are, as well as self-isolating it’s essential to take steps to ensure that your immune system is in fighting shape.
Never mind panic buying pasta! Load up on fruit and veggies
Supermarkets and grocery stores around the world are chock full of people loading up on dried foods like rice and pasta to see themselves through long periods of self-isolation. But while these may provide your body with calories, carbohydrates, and a little fiber, they will do little to help your immune function. Load up instead of fresh fruits and veggies, even if you’re taking a multivitamin supplement. The plant world is rich in tasty goodies that are loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. Everything the body needs. Moreover, fresh fruits and veggies are packed with phytochemicals that stimulate the immune system.
As tempting as it may be to comfort eat in these uncertain times, a healthy diet with as much fresh goodness as possible and a reduction in sugary, salty processed foods is important in all circumstances… but especially important now.
Kick bad habits. And if you can’t, get help!
We benefit from getting rid of our bad habits at any time. When it comes to protecting your immune system, however, cleaning up can make all the difference. When we’re stressed, upset or undergoing personal difficulties it can be extremely tempting to self-medicate with alcohol and / or illicit substances. However, alcohol can seriously compromise the immune system, especially when alcohol intake is regular. If you’re worried that you may have an issue you can and should look into getting the help you need and deserve. No insurance? No problem! There are places where you can still get Rehab Without Insurance. Of course, abstinence is easier said than done. But you owe it to yourself to give your body a fighting chance.
Take steps to alleviate stress
Finally, stress can damage the immune system in a number of ways. It reduces your white cell count and makes it harder for your body to fight off infections. Not to mention increasing your risk of a range of other serious illnesses including hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes.
Take some steps to alleviate stress such as;
- A few minutes’ mindfulness meditations every day
- Going for a long walk, jog or run
- Eating these stress-busting foods
- Watching a funny movie or TV show every day
Stress can kill, or at the very least make you more vulnerable. Liberate yourself from its grip!