How can we boost our immune system against the Coronavirus?

Improve Your Diet

The food you eat plays a key aspect in determining your overall health and immunity. Eat low carb diets, as this will help control high blood sugar and pressure. A low carb diet will help slow down diabetes and focus on a protein-rich diet to keep you in good shape. And regularly consume vegetables and fruits rich in Beta carotene, Ascorbic acid & other essential vitamins. Certain foods like mushrooms, tomato, bell pepper, and green vegetables like broccoli, spinach are also good options to build resilience in the body against infections.

You can also eat supplements rich in omega 3 & 6 fatty acids for your daily dose if stepping out to buy groceries is not an option during social distancing. Some natural immunity supplements include ginger, gooseberries (amla), and turmeric. Some of these superfoods are common ingredients in Indian dishes and snacks. There are several herbs that help in boosting immunity like garlic, Basel leaves, and Black cumin. Certain seeds and nuts like sunflower seeds, Flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, and melon seeds are excellent sources of protein and vitamin E.

Don’t Compromise on Sleep

Good snooze time for 7-8 hours is the best way to help your body build immunity; lesser sleep will leave you tired and impair your brain activity. The lack of sleep will prevent the body from resting and this will impair other bodily functions that will have a direct impact on your immunity. Lack of sleep adversely affects the action of the flu vaccine.

Stay Hydrated

Drink up to 8-10 glasses of water every day, to stay hydrated. Hydration will help flush out the toxins from the body and lower the chances of flu. Other alternatives include juices made of citrus fruits and coconut water, to beat the heat.

Don’t Skip on Exercise

A good diet should be followed by an exercise routine. Remember to exercise regularly; even light exercise will go a long way in releasing the toxins from your body. It is recommended to exercise for 30 to 45 minutes, depending on your stamina. If you have not started exercising yet, then it is a good time to start. There are several Youtube channels and apps to help you exercise at home. Regular exercise improves metabolism, which has a direct correlation with body immunity.

Destress Yourself

These are testing times, and a prolonged period of staying indoors has its implications on your mental wellbeing. The growing anxiety around the pandemic is another concern that is affecting millions across the globe. While the uncertainty might be overwhelming, there are few steps we can follow regularly to help relieve our stress, stress is known to have an adverse effect on immunity.

Avoid Smoking, alcohol and other addictive substances

Certain habits like smoking, vaping, alcohol consumption, and substance abuse have a direct correlation between weakened body defenses and respiratory illnesses. Engaging in smoking and vaping is proven to weaken your lung capacity and destroy the cells lining your respiratory tracts, these cells are crucial to fight viruses that enter through your nasal orifices. There is new research claiming that individuals who engage in heavy alcohol consumption tend to suffer from ARDS (Acute Respiratory distress syndrome) which is one of the conditions caused by Covid 19 infection. Practice moderation, if you are dependent on any of these, as sudden withdrawal can also prove to be risky.

Traveling

Avoid all kinds of non-essential travels. Most Covid 19 positive cases are imported cases, which later spread to the communities. Avoid being exposed to the public transport system and public places to avoid any likelihood of exposure. In case you have to travel, make sure to cover your nose and mouth with a mask and carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, at all times. Remember to sanitize each time you touch a surface, as Covid 19 strain can stay on surfaces for a few hours to days. Use your non-dominant hand while accessing the doorknobs and handles, as these are frequently touched by many people.

While the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic is fought by our health care workers, we can do our bit by limiting our exposure to the virus by staying indoors, social distancing, eating healthy, hydrating, and following basic hygiene protocol.

Exercise Consistently:

• Moderate exercise keeps blood and energy flowing, which increases circulation and function. “Don’t be sedentary during the week and then exercise hard on the weekends,” says Dr. Van Fleet. “This can damage your immune system and make you more susceptible to getting a respiratory infection.” Miller recommends trying tai chi or qi gong, which are gentle yet effective exercises.

Eat Well:

• “Excellent nutrition is the backbone of maintaining good health and a strong immune response throughout the year,” says Demeter. “During cold and flu season, you should increase your consumption of warming foods, such as soups and teas, and decrease your consumption of cold and raw foods.”

• Get an adequate amount of Vitamins. More specifically, Dr. Van Fleet recommends:

Vitamin C: Found in fruits, broccoli, and brusselssprouts.

Vitamin A: Found in orange and red veggies such as carrots and greens such as kale. Also found in meat, fish, eggs, milk and other dairy products.

Vitamin D: Found in egg yolk, cod liver oil and other sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Milk and other dairy products are often fortified with it. Small amounts of vitamin D are produced when you are exposed to the sun (although exposure to the sun should be in moderation). This may help explain why people tend to get sick more often during the winter (when there is less daylight and people are less likely to be outside).

Reduce/Manage Stress:

• “Both Eastern and Western traditions recognize unresolved stress as a factor that weakens the body,” says Demeter. “Stress can be brought on by emotionalupset, poor diet, lack of sleep and other environmental stressors.” Stress can be debilitating, using energy that should be directed to maintain and repair the immune system. When you are stressed, your body doesn’t have enough energy to maintain and repair your immune system.

Dress Appropriately:

• “Be sure to keep your neck and throat warm and out of the wind,” says Miller. “In Chinese medicine, certain pathogens are thought to enter the body through the back of the neck and throat – so it’s especially important to wear a scarf when you’re outside.”

Gradually Expose Yourself to Pathogens:

• If you live in an environment that’s too clean, your immune system will become idle. Not being exposed to viruses on a regular basis, may subject your body to conditions like asthma or allergies,” says Dr. Van Fleet. “Your body will channel function towards things that aren’t pathogens (such as allergies) that normally wouldn’t make you sick. Having a cold or flu keeps your immune system alert.”

Live a Moderate Life:

• Don’t drink too much [alcohol] or eattoo many sweets – it can have a major effect on your immune function. Try not to do anything in excess.

Hydration is Key:

• Dehydration affects your skin and mucus membranes which are the first line of defense in preventing pathogens from entering your body. If your mucus membranes are dried out, it can create a problem. They are responsible for flushing out your system. Pathogens can easily attach to cells and get into your body. This is especially important during exercise.

Wash Your Hands:

• Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly can help prevent you from getting sick and also keep you from spreading your germs to others when you are sick. You should always wash your hands before you eat.

Here are 6 essential ways to boost your immunity in preparation for coronavirus:

1. Reduce Stress

When we’re stressed out our body produces stress hormones which tax the immune system. So one of the most important ways to boost immunity is to reduce stress. To reduce stress, it’s key to ensure you have work life balance, take breaks when you need them (both short “water-cooler” breaks and longer vacations), and to employ some calming or relaxing stress-reduction techniques.And if you’re already feeling really stressed out taking adrenal support supplements can be helpful.

2. Sleep whenever you’re tired

By not sleeping enough, we increase stress and hurt our immunity. If we’re drinking caffeinated drinks all the time we may not even realize just how tired we really are. Because sleeping is important to rebuilding a struggling immune system, we need to let ourselves sleep as much as we need.

3. Consume immunity-boosting vitamins

To support your immune system, you can eat immunity supporting foods like citrus fruits, garlic, broccoli, and spinach. If your immune system is already weak, it can also be helpful to supplement with key vitamins and minerals that may have become depleted like Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Vitamin D, and Zinc. Most effective way to get high doses of Vitain C, Vitamin B and Zinc is intravenously (IV).

4. Reduce Inflammation

Sugar, processed meat, vegetable oils, and alcohol tend to be inflammatory foods so they busy the immune system, leaving other problems in your body unaddressed. That’s why it can be really helpful to remove these inflammatory foods if we want a healthy immune system.

5. Exercise, but not too much

Exercise can be one of the best things to do to boost immunity. But we have to be careful because too much excercise is stressful on the body and can be tough on our immune system. So just keep the other tips in mind: Keep stress low, and if you’re tired, then rest.

6. Stay away from toxins

Toxins can be devastating for the immune system. For example, mycotoxins from mold are notorious for destroying immuninity. Many other toxins seem to have deterimental impact on immunity as well. So try to minimize exposure to chlorinated drinking water, pesticides, aromatic hydrocarbons heavy metals, air pollution, and food additives. Liver detoxification is essential to reduce toxins burden on our body.

By taking these actions, we can help prevent ourselves and our loved ones from suffering significantly from the coronavirus.

The immune system doesn’t recognize the coronavirus.

Visualize this. Predator the movie #1? Remember? The guys being hunted were strong, skilled, experienced commandos. The predator munched right through them. They did eventually kill it but they first had to be able to see it, to recognize it was there. The body is in the same boat, it maybe strong, it may be healthy but it can’t friggin’ see the virus. It’s never met it before in any form. So no matter how much you strengthen or try to strengthen your immune system you will still get the virus.

Now if you are a strong, healthy, young adult you may not get as sick, maybe… odds are that you have a much better chance as a strong healthy adult who doesn’t smoke and keeps good eating and living habits. But, you’ll still get it and you will, worst of all, still pass it on.

That’s why self quarantine is so important and social distancing and GOOD hygiene. The best way to strengthen your immune system? Wash your hands.

Every creature – microbes and all other multi-celled living beings – require a suitable environmental condition for sprouting and for continued sustainable total quality healthy life from birth to till death at a mature age. The most important conditions include (i) air, (ii) water, (iii) nutritious food (eaten through mouth and also inputs through other sensory organs) and (iv) sunshine (sunlight and open direct contact ob body with the environment). The creature must do (v) locomotion (structured exercises, body movement, etc.), take (vi) adequate rest/sleep (vii) maintain mental equilibrium and also (viii) keep away from devitalizing agents like stimulation, poisoning, accident-prone activities/ work, etc. This should be ensured on routine basis.

Despite this, one may fall sick (especially on season changes, after feasting & festivities/merry-making, etc.). In that case, when acute symptoms like vomiting, loose-motion, catarrh (running nose, leaking wounds, etc.), fever (increased body temperature) and/ or pain experienced, he/she should take complete rest – physical, psychological & mental. At this stage, fasting on water only for few days (3 to 5 days or till the acute symptoms are almost normalized), followed 2–3 days juice diet and then 2–3 days fruits & salad diet should be taken, before reaching ‘normal diet’ stage.

It may be appreciated that living body does repair & maintenance work itself during rest/ sleep only, including bringing immunity level to the maximum possible and eliminating toxic materials, including unwanted microbes & germs of any type.

Remedies – medicines &/or drugless applications – of treatment systems/ streams cannot do this for human beings, or for any other creature, as body ‘REJECTS remedies.

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