boost your immunity in the age of coronavirus

How to boost your immunity in the age of coronavirus

Infectious Disease,

People around the world want to know how to avoid coronavirus. The first way is to block the virus from entering your body.v But if, despite these measures, coronavirus does enter your body, you want a strong immune system so your body can defeat it.

It is like preparing for battle. If you knew your home might be invaded, you would take measures to prevent you and your family from injury. What measures can you take to make your immune system stronger so you can defeat this virus?

The immune system is complex—involving multiple organs and cells—and there is no one magic pill or measure you can take that will fortify you. But there are many lifestyle changes that will help. Here are some important ones.

Seven hours of sleep (or more)

This is one of the most important measures you can take. During sleep your immune cells are replenished, and research supports this. In one study, 164 volunteers were intentionally exposed to a cold virus. Some people got sick and others did not. The people who slept less than 6 hours per night were 4.2 times more likely to catch the cold than people who slept 7 or more hours per night.

Good hydration

If you are well-hydrated, your body is better able to flush out  toxins Another benefit of hydration is that the mucous membranes in your eyes, mouth, and nose (where coronavirus enters) are more robust. If these areas are dried-out, they are more susceptible to being invaded and violated by the viruses. Your mucous membranes are full of immune cells, but if dried-out, they do not work as well.

Adequate vitamin D

Many supplements are sold that supposedly “support your immune system”, but these claims are usually not supported with good research. And, while the results have been mixed, several reliable Vitamin D studies have shown that a deficiency of this vitamin makes you more prone to infection. Vitamin D is especially important for the production of antibacterial proteins active in the respiratory system. A good way to get adequate Vitamin D is sunlight, and other measures are detailed in this article.

Avoid excess alcohol

Many studies have shown that overuse of alcohol—either on a daily basis or binge drinking—makes you more susceptible to infection. Interestingly, considering coronavirus, excess alcohol especially weakens the immune system of the mucous membranes in our lungs. Also, too much alcohol alters our gut microbiome in a way that damages immune cell formation. Limit your alcohol use to one (for women) to two drinks per day (for men).

Avoid excess stress

Many of us are worried about various things (health, economy, politics, etc.) but it is best for your immune function to worry less, to minimize the toll on your body. Do what works for you—exercise, satisfying food, hobbies, sports, satisfying sex, meditation, psychological help, or a combination of activities that make you feel better.

Boost circulation with exercise

It is best not to overdo it, as extreme exercise can weaken your immunity. But daily mild to moderate exercise boosts your immune system. One reason is  that it improves your circulation, moving the blood and lymph filled with immune cells around your body to where it is needed. Exercise (can be just 30 minutes of moderately paced walking per day) is also a great stress reliever.

Balanced diet

While there is no proof that this or that food will improve your immune system, there is encouraging research suggesting that certain foods might help, such as:

Turmeric (eaten with black pepper)

Citrus fruits

Broccoli

Chicken soup

Yogurt (with active cultures)

Green tea

Spices such as garlic, ginger, and hot peppers

So remember, even if coronavirus enters your body, your immune system can defeat it. Support your immune system so it works well for you

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