The current pandemic continues to be a concern for everyone. It is important to know how to keep safe and healthy, as well as how to support your immune system, and to help with your natural defence mechanism.
So, we’ve put together our best advice and information to help you in the continuing pandemic.
Immune Boosting Food
The immune system protects the body from harmful germs that can cause illness. It is vital to understand how to boost your immune system to not only help to improve your overall health, but it can also protect yourself from catching the virus.
A healthy diet is essential as our gut is the foundation of the immune system. Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables to increase Vitamin C and Zinc levels can help boost your immune system.
Also looks for ways to increase your Selenium – found in Brazilian nuts, tuna, oysters, pork, beef, chicken, tofu, whole-wheat pasta, shrimp, and mushrooms.
Eating sources of Vitamin D is also important, especially in the winter when there is less exposure to the sun. This can be found in fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon. You can also find it in beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks, as well as foods fortified with vitamin D, such as some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals.
Healthy Lifestyle for Boosting the Immune System
There are some things you can change in your lifestyle that could greatly decrease your risk of infection, as well as support your body’s natural defence and immune system.
- Stress Levels
Try to reduce your stress levels, as these effects your energy and likeliness to become ill. Exercise, meditation, and other wellness practices help to reduce and manage stress.
It’s important to get enough sleep, as sleep deprivation disrupts the normal production of white blood cells, which is a central part of the body’s immune system.
Regular exercise strengthens the body and aids the release of endorphins that reduce stress levels – both of which helps improve the immune system.
The virus, including the new strain, is characterised by obstructing the airways and lungs. You can help medicine to be more effective and prevent catching the virus with some simple tips:
- Drink hot or warm liquids regularly to keep the mouth moist – for example tea, coffee, or hot water with lemon. This washes the virus from the mouth to the stomach, where the gastric juices can neutralise it before the virus can reach the lungs.
- Gargle with antiseptic mouth wash, vinegar, salt, or lemon in warm water. This lowers the risk of the virus moving into the body and attacking the lungs.
- If you have a sore throat or feel one coming, attack it immediately with these measures. This is how the virus enters the body and remains for 3 to 4 days before passing into the lungs.
- You must keep washing your hands regularly, and for 20 seconds at a time.
See our previous blog post to discover more on how you can help support your immune system.
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