Boosting Your Immune System While Social Distancing
There is no magic pill guaranteed to boost your immune system and protect you from Covid-19, but there are real ways you can take care of yourself and give your immune system the best chance to do its job against respiratory illness.
Lower Your Stress
Your body does a better job fighting off illness and healing wounds when it’s not under stress. Learning techniques for managing stress, like meditation, controlled breathing or talking to a therapist are all ways to help your immune system stay strong.
Improve Your Sleep Hygiene
A healthy immune system can fight off infection. A sleep-deprived immune system doesn’t work as well. The sweet spot for sleep is six to seven hours a night. Stick to a regular bedtime and wake-up schedule. Avoid screens, night-eating and exercise right before bedtime.
Check Your Vitamin D Level
While more study is needed on the link between vitamin D and immune health, some promising research suggests that checking your vitamin D level, and taking a vitamin D supplement, could help your body fight off respiratory illness. If you are concerned about immune health, you may consider having your vitamin D level checked and talking to your doctor about whether to take a supplement.
Avoid Excessive Alcohol Consumption
A cocktail or glass of wine while you are sheltering at home is fine, but avoid drinking to excess. Numerous studies have found a link between excessive alcohol consumption and immune function. Research shows people who drink in excess are more susceptible to respiratory illness and pneumonia and recover from infection and wounds more slowly.
Eat a Well Balanced Diet, Exercise Regularly and Avoid Unproven Supplements
A well-balanced diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables, and nutrient-rich pantry staples, as well as daily movement and exercise are important to maintaining a strong immune system. However, no single food or natural remedy has been proven to bolster a person’s immune system or ward off disease. If you enjoy foods touted as immune boosters, there is no harm in eating them as part of a balanced diet. Just be sure that you don’t neglect proven health advice when it comes to protecting yourself from viral illness.
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