In this scary and terrible time, we must look after our physical and mental health. Looking after your health at this time will not only make you feel better, but it will help greatly in the possible effects of Covid-19 and its outcomes, if you contract the disease.
So, what is the immune system?
The immune system protects your body from foreign substances, cells and tissues that could possibly endanger the body and cause infection. Your immune system is working constantly to prevent illness.
Like any other process in the body the immune system needs vitamins and minerals to function properly. An unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and even poor mental health will weaken the immune system and make it less productive when fighting against infection.
A healthy immune system will have a better chance of fighting against the coronavirus and or diminishing its symptoms. The elderly is most at risk of dying from this virus due to the biochemical changes that occur in old age. The immune system unfortunately slows down as you age and becomes less effective, making you more susceptible to disease. A healthy diet and exercise in old age and at any time in life will greatly help your body’s natural processes in fighting against disease.
How do I achieve a healthy immune system?
Of course, a life time of healthy eating and exercise will provide the healthiest immune system. A healthy body will not be achieved over night. However, there are things that can be done to boost your immune system.
- Smoking, drugs and alcohol all WEAKEN the immune system and cause great, unnecessary strain on the body. All of these things are addictive. Moderating or eradicating these substances during this time would release some of this strain on your body and allow your immune system and other systems to focus on fighting disease and other needed processes.
- Eat as many fruits and veg as possible. This is the most important thing. As I have mentioned before fruit and veg have high quantities of antioxidants. Antioxidants and phytochemicals fight against disease and infections by eradicating free radicals – that damage DNA. It is vital that you consume enough fruit and veg – 5 portions of 80g a day.
- Exercise regularly. In general, we have more time on our hands right now. Make use of your exercise, go out for a walk or run and try moving more in your home. Being sedentary is another HUGE health issue that is causing disease. Studies have shown that taking a break from sitting, every half hour greatly helps with this.
- Get enough sleep. Sleep is an essential time for your body and immune system. During our sleep our body restores and repairs its systems such as the immune system. Some immune cells function better with more sleep. Rest is necessary for a healthy mind and body.
- Of course, wash your hands, STAY AT HOME and stay SAFE.
Taking steps towards a healthy lifestyle is important no matter what is happening in this world. However, in this pandemic, making healthier choices and being more thoughtful about your health is vital.
Be aware of what unnecessary strain you are putting your body through.
- Are you drinking more than 14 units a week?
- Are you smoking? Taking drugs?
- Are you exercising?
- Are you sleeping enough?
- Are you dehydrated? We need roughly 2 litres of water a day.
- Do you eat 5 portions of fruit and veg?
Something you can all try!
Turmeric is one of the most anti-inflammatory substances known to man. Its properties can help fight against disease. Adding turmeric to your diet is a great idea. Turmeric cannot be absorbed without ginger or black pepper. Just add water and take like a shot. I take this every morning.
Ask yourself and be honest! You will be astonished at what a healthier life can do for you!
Ask yourself how you are feeling. Mental health is essential, and it will suffer at this time. Take it easy on yourself and practise self-love.
I wish everyone well at such a horrific time. Follow the guidance, stay at home, look after your health and save lives.
Thank you to all the nurses, doctors, GP’s, retired workers. Thank you, NHS!
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