There may be some things we cannot control when it comes to the coronavirus, but one thing for sure we can take control of is making sure we stay as healthy as we can to protect ourselves from the virus.
Getting good quality sleep is essential for proper immune functioning and recovery. Quality is just as important as quantity here so try to avoid caffeine in the evening as well as going on your devices before bed.
Stress management 🧘🏻♂️
Research shows that long term stress reduces immune system function. Yoga, mindfulness and meditation have all been found to help with this.
This is probably the number one thing you can do to help keep your immune system functioning the way it should. Exercise helps to flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways.
Fruit and veg offer a lot of vitamins and antioxidants that help our body absorb nutrients and function properly.
Vitamin C & Antioxidants 🍊
Vitamin C and antioxidants support various functions of the cells involved in our immune response. However, some people may suffer stomach issues with too much vitamin c, so if you are getting enough from your diet there is no need to supplement.
Omega 3 is something we generally lack, especially in western society. Getting adequate amounts enhances the activity of immune cells known as white blood cells. Oily fish such as salmon are a great source of omega 3.
Limit processed foods🌰🍩
We have trillions of tiny bacterial cells in our gut which actually help us to break down food, absorb nutrients and keep toxins out. So when we feed them processed food with large amounts of salt, sugar and trans fat, the wrong type of bacteria and yeast starts to grow, impairing our immune system.
Limit alcohol & smoking 🥃🚬
Alcohol and smoking affect the respiratory system. Excessive drinking and smoking impair the function of immune cells in the lungs and upper respiratory system, leading to increased risk for pneumonia.
Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as increased susceptibility to infection.