Tips To Boost Immune System During Lockdown Due To COVID-19
Published On Apr 06, 2020 5:30 AM By Sakshi Aggarwal
As the novel coronavirus spreads across the globe, misinformation related to ways to prevent yourself against it is spreading too. You may find a good number of people spreading rumors across various social media platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook on how you can save yourselves from catching the infection. Some say drinking boiled garlic water is a good preventive measure, while others claim drinking hot water and exposure to the sun will kill the virus.
Also, read Social Distancing Guidelines to Fight Coronavirus in India
But, none of these holds true. Scientists are working hard to develop a cure, and soon they might come up with a vaccine that proves to be a game-changer for all. But currently, there is nothing you can completely rely on, except for two things - taking adequate precautions and building your immune system to fight against the virus.
Here are top essential ways that help you boost your immunity and stay strong even in tough times like these:
Is stress bad for you? Yes. Chronic stress depresses the immune system and increases the risk of several infections catching your body. It raises the level of hormones called catecholamines in your body.
To reduce stress, you must ensure work-life balance if working from home. Take short breaks whenever required, and engage yourself in various calming or relaxing techniques used to reduce stress.
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If you are not working from home, you can manage stress by indulging in various other activities like cooking, playing board games with family, doing yoga, cleaning and decluttering the house, and so on.
Don’t Skimp on Sleep:
We get stressed out and hurt our immunity at the same time if we don’t sleep for around 8-10 hours. So, whether there is an outbreak or not, getting enough sleep is the best way to stay healthy. Because sleeping helps in rebuilding a struggling immune system.
Take Immunity-boosting Vitamins:
To be able to fight back efficiently, add foods like garlic, spinach, broccoli, citrus fruits, etc. If you already have a weak immune system, that is, if you fall sick frequently, then you can also add key Vitamins and Minerals like Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin B, and Zinc. IV (Intravenously) is the best way to get high doses of these.
Remember, no matter how many oranges you eat, you may still catch the virus. But why is it recommended is so that you don’t fall weak even if, god forbid, you do.
Exercise, But Not Too Much:
Mild exercise regularly is the best way to boost immunity. But be careful while doing a heavy workout at home during the lockdown as too much exercise can also make the body stressed out. So, keep stress slow, work out moderately and take rest if you are feeling weary.
Minimise Exposure to Toxins:
Toxins, for instance, mycotoxins can be destructive for the immune system. Other toxins also seem to be devastating for the immune system.
So, it is recommended to stay away from pesticides, chlorinated water, air pollution, food additives, aromatic hydrocarbons, etc. Liver detoxification is advised to reduce toxins in the body.
Smoking tobacco has several adverse effects on your health. It causes more severe and longer-lasting illnesses’ increases susceptibility to infections like pneumonia, influenza, etc.; and lower levels of protective antioxidants like Vitamin C in the blood.
The reason why coronavirus is spreading so quickly and leaving a significant impact on people across the globe is that we lack immunity to fight against it. Our immune system has never come across anything like this before. So, the more actions we take to keep ourselves healthy, the better it is!
The above-mentioned ways will not only help you fight coronavirus, but also other infections. We all are strong enough to ride out these tough times? We need to boost our immune system apart from maintaining social distancing and staying at home. Remember, the way you live your life can decide whether you will get infected or not.
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