20 Mar 5 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Immunity
Everyone is talking about it… novel coronavirus or COVID-19. You’ll have seen a plethora of information on how to avoid catching the virus and spreading it to others, but there are many ways you can naturally boost your immune response that will help to keep you healthy over the coming weeks and all year long.
Our immune system is our bodies’ internal military. It’s constantly changing and adapting to new situations, and without it, we wouldn’t be able to ward off any disease, recover from illness, or even heal wounds. Immune systems vary drastically from one person to another, which can explain why some people seem to never fall ill, while others seem to be constantly sick. The function of our immune system is affected by our health habits, our health history, and other factors such as age. When illness is all around us, we should do everything we can to stay healthy; This includes boosting your immune system with the right routine.
Below are 5 tips on how to naturally boost your immune system.
- Adequate Sleep – Sleep is our bodies’ time for rest and recovery. Sleep-deprived individuals often see a decrease in their brain function. The brain is our powerhouse organ that controls and coordinates all other systems and functions within our body. This includes our immune systems. Our bodies’ also need sleep time to restock, building up stores of energy that fuels our metabolism and bodily functions. 7-9 hours per night is ideal, no less, no more.
- Eat Healthy Foods – We’ve all heard the adage “you are what you eat”. Without healthy foods that are packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins, and energy, our bodies are not able to function at their best. This means our body is unable to create antibodies, white blood cells, mucous membranes, etc. therefore making it difficult to fight off infection. You can’t fight a war without an army! So be sure you still eat fruits and veggies and try not to overeat. We don’t want to bog down our metabolism trying to digest a large, greasy meal.
- Don’t Smoke or Drink – We must remember nicotine and alcohol, while legal, are still drugs our bodies have to process and filter. These drugs alter the functionality of our bodies and take vital resources to clear them from our systems, which could be spent otherwise on our immune function. Everyone is aware of the negative health effects of smoking, but when we consider that we have to fight off a new infection with a body that already isn’t at its healthiest, it’s like going into battle with rusty armour.
- Exercise – Keeping active can greatly increase your chances of fighting off infections and illnesses. Exercise helps boost your cardiovascular system, increasing blood, oxygen, and nutrient flow throughout the body. This means that we have more essential resources available for our bodies to use.
- Prevention – How do we make sure our bodies can fend off illness and disease? Well… by not having to fight in the first place. Prevention is the number one way we can assure we don’t get sick. Wash your hands thoroughly – this means warm water, soap, and turn off the tap with your towel (just for those of us who have forgotten). Clean surfaces that are commonly touched, especially if they come into contact with your face… When was the last time you wiped down your mobile phone? The Age recommends reducing stress and also maintaining adequate levels of Vitamin D, but that shouldn’t be a problem for us here in sunny Queensland!
If you would rather be the person who seems to never get sick rather than the one who seems to always be sick, then be sure to follow these simple lifestyle tips. Keep your immune system, and your whole body for that matter, running at its prime.
And it bears reminding, but if you believe you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or call the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.
The symptoms of coronavirus include:
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath; and
- Breathing difficulties
Otherwise, for information on how to keep your body functioning optimally, call Wellspring Chiropractic at 3482 2637.
Dr. Scott Walton (BSc, DC)