With over 4 million cases worldwide, it’s been impossible to avoid the impact of COVID-19, no matter where you are. While the pandemic is still a serious threat, some places across the globe are slowly starting to “reopen”.
As they do, we’ll undoubtedly see some spikes in Coronavirus again. No matter what your political stance might be on reopening, eventually life will get back to normal - even if it’s a new sort of normal.
There is some good news. There is still research being done for a vaccine. Labs are using deuterium isotopes for pharmaceutical research across the world. People are more aware of their own health than ever. Even something like hand sanitiser has become incredibly important.
So, how can those positive, healthy trends continue? By boosting your immune system naturally. Many studies have shown that COVID-19 (as well as other viruses) tends to be worse for those who have compromised immunity. Building up your body’s natural defenses can help you to fight back against a variety of illnesses.
How can you strengthen yourself from the inside out?
1. Get Plenty of Sleep
According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26-24 need 7-9 hours of sleep each day.
Unfortunately, not everyone gets that amount. You might think you can get by on five hours a night, but that can eventually take its toll. Not getting enough sleep means your body doesn’t fully have time to heal itself after each day. Getting enough sleep improves your reaction time, your ability to problem-solve and stay focused, and it repairs your body.
So, if you want to stay healthy, make sleep a priority. You might benefit from creating a nightly routine to help you get in the mindset of sleeping, eliminate distractions, and go to sleep earlier in the evening.
2. Enjoy Healthy Fats
When most people hear about “fats,” they think they should stay away. But, there are plenty of healthy fats out there that are great for your immune system. The fats found in things like olive oil and salmon help to decrease inflammation, which naturally helps to boost your body’s immune system.
3. Exercise Every Day
Exercise has so many benefits, but when you’re specifically thinking about your immune system, it helps out in two ways.
First, moderate exercise can help to reduce inflammation. Inflammation tends to suppress the body’s immune system, so being able to keep it under control can make your immune system stronger.
Additionally, moderate exercise can help your immune cells to regularly regenerate.
There’s a difference between moderate exercise and “too much”. In fact, too much exercise can suppress your immune system. You don’t have to run a marathon every week or put in hours at the gym. Instead, try to get in a brisk, 30-minute walk each day.
While catching a virus or other illness may never be completely preventable without vaccines, building your immunity naturally can help you to fend off these illnesses as much as possible, while taking the best possible care of your body.