Ways to Boost your Immune System
With all that's going on right now in the world, people are being forced to evaluate their own health as concerns of contracting viral infections mount. Covid-19 has certainly turned the world upside down--the pandemic has produced lockdowns in countless of states and countries in efforts to reduce the transmission and "flatten the curve." Social distancing has become a new way of life as adults switch to telecommuting while their children adjust to virtual classrooms. This leaves many questioning their own immune systems and susceptibility to the novel coronavirus since we've learned that the vulnerable seem to be those of older ages and/or those with underlying medical conditions.
The big question then is how does one boost their immune system in order to prevent contracting a virus like covid-19? There is certainly no magic bullet to instantly improve your immune system (be cautious of claims!). However, there are several methods that may help and are just plain good for your overall well-being!
- Make sure you're getting enough sleep: sleep plays a vital role on your health. Try to get seven to eight hours a night if you're an adult. Read more at sleepfoundation.org.
- Try these foods: carrots, oranges, strawberries, eggs, mushrooms, cheese, broccoli, kale, beans, nuts, milk -- these foods each have unique nutrients, vitamins and minerals, that play a role in immunity. Check out what each of these foods do here. Don't forget to stay hydrated, too!
- Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight: exercise has been shown to have a bevy of positive effects on your physical and mental health. It's not exactly known how or if exercise increases immunity to certain illnesses but some theories say that exercise slows down release of stress hormones which may protect against illness; causes changes in antibodies; and may help remove bacteria from the lungs and airways. More about the theories here.
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol
In this time of the coronavirus pandemic, we hope you are also making sure to frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and are practicing social distancing! At Everett Spine and Rehab, we have taken all the necessary sanitation and health precautions to ensure safety for our patients. Come see if for your chiropractic, physical therapy and massage therapy needs. If you have any questions, please contact us at 425-347-8614