With the coronavirus pandemic on everyone's mind, you may be wondering
if there are things you can do to avoid getting sick. Although there is
nothing that will guarantee you won't catch COVID-19, there are steps
you can take to make it less likely you will.
The most important things you can do are to stay home, wash your hands
often and avoid touching your face. Those are the keys to slowing the
spread of the virus, according to public health officials. Keeping your
immune system strong may not stop you from getting COVID-19 but it may
help your body fight off viruses, bacteria or other disease-causing pathogens
it encounters. You don't need to take a bunch of supplements to strengthen
your immune system. These 5 tips will help to naturally boost your immune
system so it functions optimally.
1. Reduce Stress: Stress releases the hormone cortisol, which can negatively
affect your immune system. Find ways to relax, such as meditation, yoga,
journaling and other activities you enjoy.
2. Eat Healthy: A balanced diet filled with lots of colorful fruits and
vegetables supplies you with vitamins and minerals that help support immune
health. Also include whole grains, nuts, seeds, lean protein and foods
with healthy fats such as olive oil and salmon.
3. Exercise: Low to moderate intensity exercise lowers cortisol levels
and can boost immune function. Aim for 30-60 minutes of physical activity
a day, but don't go overboard. Too much exercise can weaken your immune system.
4. Sleep: Your body needs adequate sleep each night to keep your immune
system functioning optimally. Adulst should get 7-9 hours of sleep per
night. Children and teens need more.
5. Stay Hydrated: Drinking water is the best way to keep you body well
hydrated and your immune system going strong. Avoid too much alcohol,
caffeine or sugary drinks.