In the picture of current pandemic, we are all doing our best to remain healthy and contain the spread if this contagious virus.
As your body’s first line of defense, your immune system plays a crucial role in protecting your health by fighting against foreign viruses and bacteria. In this blog, we’ve outlined five simple ways you can strengthen your immune response today,
- Healthy Diet
Eating a diet filled with colourful fruits and vegetables is a proven way to bolster the immune system.
Try avoiding refined sugar (in sweets or junk food). There has been experimental evidence that found these to decrease immunity and increase susceptibility to infection.
Avoid alcohol (especially binges), as increased intake can weaken your immune system too.
- Regular Moderate Exercise
Physical activity has been found to help boost immunity too. In fact, regular and moderate exercise helps to improve all areas of your health.
- Reduce Stress
Recent research has shown that psychological stress can unbalance the immune system, making it less efficient at dealing with viral illnesses.
While it’s essential to stay informed about contagious viruses and take proactive measures, it’s even more necessary to breathe, meditate, and release fear.
- Getting Enough Sleep
Getting adequate sleep will help your immunity in more ways than one. It can help reduce stress, and it gives your body the physical rest it needs to stay healthy.
Sleep deprivation has a negative effect on immune system function.
- Good Personal Hygiene
One of the most effective ways to prevent illness is to maintain good personal hygiene. Viruses and bacteria can easily enter the body through your eyes, mouth and nose. Especially after touching public installations or equipment, which can quickly gather germs from many people using it. So remember to wash your hands FREQUENTLY.
No matter how severe the pandemic could become, together we will conquer it. Let us love our neighbours, especially those most vulnerable in our community, by checking in and offering support.
The best thing we can do to support our immune systems is listen to our bodies (and the experts), take precautionary health measures, and lean into the love and peace that exists around us.