Having a healthy immune system.
Here are a few practical steps we can all take to stay well during covid 19 and give our immune systems the best chance of fighting off this virus. I’ve described them below; you’ll notice they’re all connected to each other.
Although the notion that we can take a vitamin pill or eat some superfood to boost our immunity to Covid-19 seems a bit far fetched. Even if The Twitter did say vitamin C and a glass of hot water was all you needed. Immune function is a complex process, and still not fully understood.
Obviously, we must follow the government guidelines. So regular hand washing, social distancing, and self-isolation where necessary, is the first step.
Don’t do anything stupid that will compromise your immune system, like smoking, taking drugs or getting drunk. Don’t do any reckless activities and end up getting injured and putting more stress on the NHS.
A healthy diet is one that provides you with enough energy and is rich in vitamins and minerals and high in fiber.
Diet and Nutrition
A healthy diet would most likely be top of most people’s list to stay well during covid 19, and they wouldn’t be wrong. But just what is a healthy diet? A healthy diet is one that provides you with enough energy and is rich in vitamins and minerals and high in fiber. Wholefoods such as veg, fruit, grains, beans, seeds, and nuts are what we need.
That’s energy to use, not energy to store, so carbs and not fat.
Wholefoods as opposed to processed foods or parts of foods. Wholefoods are natural and won’t stress your digestion.
Processed foods that’s white flour, sugar, etc. etc. You know all the others. Along with extracted foods like vegetable oils are not good. Prepare and cook your own food wherever possible.
I mentioned energy above, and while having a healthy weight would always be beneficial. It’s probably not the best idea to go on a calorie-restricted diet while you’re on lockdown, the lack of energy may leave your defenses a bit low.
Favor frequency over duration or intensity, when you finish you should feel energized not depleted.
There have been many studies showing that regular (daily) exercise is associated with elevated immune response. If you’re already a regular exerciser, find a way to keep it up while the gyms are closed (Pols Yoga, weekdays am. and pm.).
If you’ve not been exercising regularly, now’s the time to start, go gently. Favor frequency over duration or intensity, when you finish you should feel energized not depleted.
We all know that mental stress can put a major toll on our health and well-being, and the present situation won’t be helping. We all get stressed by different things and to different degrees and have different things that relieve our stress. Now might be a good time to explore what works for you.
You could try; meditation, exercise, yoga, singing, walking, getting out in nature or many other things, but not chocolate and alcohol, they won’t work long term.
Wherever possible choose a low-stress environment, get outside daily even if it’s just sitting on the back step. Avoid stressful and negative people. Don’t watch the news if it distresses you.
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