9 Ways to Boost Your Immune System During a Pandemic

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5 things to do for your protection
5 things to do for your protection

There has been a lot of conflicting news going around about COVID-19. However, the
general understanding is that this respiratory illness tends to cause deaths in
people with a weaker immune system or in those who have other existing

So, it’s no
wonder that millions of people have suddenly taken an interest in their health
and wish to boost their body’s immune systems. The good news is that you can
shore up your body’s defences in a relatively short time if you adopt the
necessary measures.

Here are 9
that will give you an edge during this pandemic.

  1. Vitamin C

We all know that this is the most, commonly recommended, vitamin for
fighting colds and preventing the flu. Unfortunately, the body does not have the
ability to store vitamin C.

So, you’ll need to consume a vitamin C supplement daily. It could be a
chewable or in effervescent form that dissolves in water.

During these dangerous times, you’re better off getting your daily
dosage through a supplement, rather than trying to meet your daily needs by guzzling
orange juice or gnawing on broccoli.

  1. Zinc

An often neglected mineral, zinc has a multitude of benefits. Your body
cannot produce it. So, you’ll need to proactively consume it.

You can easily purchase zinc supplements from a health store online or
offline. Only a small amount daily is required to help promote optimal health.

Zinc will help to boost your immune system, decrease inflammation, accelerate
healing and reduce the risks of age-related disease. This is especially important
now because older people are more susceptible to COVID-19.

  1. Probiotics

Probiotics will improve your gut health and as a result, your immunity
will get stronger. It aids in the production of antibodies and also mitigates most
respiratory illnesses. You definitely want and need to be consuming probiotics.

Yoghurt, miso, tempeh, kimchi and kombucha are excellent probiotics to
include in your diet.

  1. Garlic oil supplements

Garlic is an immunity booster, and the allicin it contains has medicinal
properties. This is one of nature’s most powerful foods and it works wonders at
preventing diseases and improving general health.

You can get some from a health store and consume a capsule or two daily.
While eating garlic is good, a supplement is easier and better because you’ll
need to consume a lot of garlic to get the same amount of allicin that you get
from a capsule.

You’re trying to ward off COVID-19, not Dracula. So, an easy to swallow
capsule will do.

  1. Exercise

Self-isolation does not mean hibernation. Exercise will boost your
immunity by getting your blood circulation going and improving your strength
and stamina.

Even if you’re stuck at home, there are tons of home workouts that you
can do to get your daily exercise. Go ahead and try home workout programs like
P90X or Insanity Max. You’ll be amazed at how challenging these workouts are.

Do note that excessive exercise can lower your immunity. So, exercise daily
but don’t overdo it. With the coronavirus going around, you do not want a
weaker immune system.

Exercise to break a sweat and get your heart pumping, but don’t work
yourself daily to a point of exhaustion and tax your central nervous system unnecessarily.

  1. Sleep

Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily. A well-rested body is a healthier and
stronger body.

  1. Weight loss

Your health will improve when you shed your excess pounds. With all the
food shortages in the supermarkets, now is as good a time as any to adopt an
intermittent fasting protocol and lose weight.

Your immune system will get a boost and your health will improve tremendously
as you make your way towards your ideal weight.

  1. Breaking addictions

Quit smoking. Reduce your consumption of alcohol. ( VERY IMPORTANT) Cut
down your sugar intake and strive to give up any unhealthy habits you may have.

It’ll be tough… but that’s to be expected. Embrace the challenge and
overcome it. Once these detrimental habits are eliminated, you will look and
feel like a brand new you.

  1. Personal hygiene

Basic hygiene such as washing your hands regularly at least a total of
20 seconds each time, not touching your face when you’re outside and showering
the moment you get home are all simple but crucial habits that will boost your
immune system.

DO NOT sit on the couch or bed when you get home from outside. You don’t
know what bacteria are on your clothes… and you don’t want them transferred on
to the items in your house.

Put your clothes in the washing machine immediately, and wear new ones
after your shower.

By adopting these 9 measures, you’ll boost your body’s immunity and give
yourself a fighting chance against COVID-19 or any other disease that tries to
take root in your body. Get started today.

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