Looking for ways to boost your Immune system? read through and thank me later. With the increasing number of COVID-19 cases all over the world, it is only natural for us as humans to be worried, anxious, or scared.
Although there is no cure at the moment, which is alarming, there are measures we can take to keep us away from coronavirus.
Those measures have been repeated over and over again. But I think we are forgetting our immune system because, in the real sense, it’s our immune system against COVID-19 or COVID-19 against our immune system (whichever way you see it).
There are a few tips we can use to boost our immune system:
An average human being needs between 6-8 hours of sleep a day. Do you know what sleep does to your immune system? In the body, there are some proteins called cytokines, and when there is an inflammation, infection or stress, these cytokines come into play (in large quantity) and help the body to fight. During sleep, our immunity releases these cytokines, and if we are sleep deprived the production of these protective cytokines is reduced.
Water! Water is almost as important as air. Water acts as a means of transportation, water carries oxygen to the cells in the body, and oxygen helps the cells function properly. Water also helps to remove toxins from our body. Drinking water regularly keeps the cells hydrated, and prevents the build-up of toxins (these toxins could have negative effects on the immune system).
Exercise is one of the most effective ways of boosting our immune system. Although exercise should be mild and less strenuous to avoid impaired immune resistance. Mild exercise helps to flush microorganisms out of the lungs and our airways and as we all know coronavirus is a respiratory virus i.e. it attacks the respiratory system. Hence exercise reduces the risk of getting cold, flu, or and another respiratory disease.
Learn to Manage Stress
Stress and anxiety weaken our immunity. Prolonged stress can cause inflammation and also make the function of the immune cells unstable. Psychological stress suppresses our immune response, using measures like exercise, mediation, and mind relaxations help to reduce stress.
Use of Supplements
Supplements are good but it’s important we take them with care and precaution. There are some supplements that can improve our immune response, they include;
Vitamin C is a very strong antioxidant that can strengthen our body defense. Antioxidants boost our immune system by protecting cells from free radicals. Vitamin C reduces our chances of coming down with a cold. Citrus fruits are rich sources of Vitamin C, they include; grapefruit, orange, lime, lemon, tangerine, and pawpaw, just to mention but a few.
Women need about 75mg of Vitamin C daily
Men need about 90mg of Vitamin C daily
- Zinc– Zinc supplements can help reduce the risk of cold up to 25% – 30%. Zinc also helps to control infections and helps in wound healing. Sources of Zinc include; oyster, crab, lobster, mussels, cashew nuts, just to mention but a few.
- Vitamin D– Research has shown that vitamin D can help protect against respiratory diseases. Vitamin D improves the function of immune cells including T-cells.
- Garlic– Garlic contains allin (a compound), which helps the immune system to fight microbes. Garlic is known to contain antioxidants and has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Garlic works better when chewed or crushed.
- Ginger – also have antimicrobial properties and can help against cold and flu and also works better when chewed or crushed.
6. Eating Healthy
This is a very important, healthy meal, a healthy diet is a perfect immune booster. Eating fresh food, fruits, and well-prepared food can help with our immune system. Diet should be properly balanced and should be rich in protein vitamins and minerals to help cell repairs and improve body defense.
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7. Maintain a Good Lifestyle
Staying away from alcohol and smoking helps to boost your immune system especially in this period of widespread coronavirus. Alcohol weakens the immune system and makes our body prone to infection. Smoking, on the other hand, causes damage to our airways and lungs. Smoking makes us more prone to Covid-19 and another respiratory disease.
Like I said earlier, it’s our immune system against Covid-19, but do not forget that there is no known cure for Covid-19 and patients are being managed according to symptoms. The above information doesn’t guarantee prevention from Covid-19 but can help reduce the risk or chances of coming down with most respiratory diseases including Covid-19.
Wash your hands, eat healthily, hand sanitizer, use nose mask, and avoid the crowd.
STAY SAFE! STAY HEALTHY!