How to boost your immunity that can help you to prevent or moderate infection?
With everything that’s happening about the Coronavirus, it might be very hard to make a decision of what to do today. Since there is currently no vaccine to boost our immune system and prevent COVID-19, we can try to keep our immune system and our body healthy to give it the best chance of fighting the infection.
Why it is important to immune your system to fight against corona?
Why do most people who catch the new virus have mild symptoms and some have none, mainly the old and sick develop fatal pneumonias? Because people differ in “immune competence”, i.e. because of their ability to prevent and overcome infection. There is lot of discussion about how quickly and strictly we must keep apart and stay home, but this powerful complement is largely ignored for the risk and treatment of infection. We’re trying to keep the virus away from people and cure them if they get sick, but by strengthening our natural defenses we defeat it also. This is a serious omission
Isolation, distancing, hand washing all the effective ways to avoid exposure to the virus be completely important to avoid outbreak of health related problems. But that exclusive focus obscures a second powerful tool: strengthening our immune and body-repair competences can slow contagion too.
Science-backed tips for strengthening your immune response quickly and effectively
Positive immune response is essential to staying healthy. The following suggestions are not ways to prevent you from contracting the virus, they are easy ways to keep yourself as healthy as possible.
As noted in a recent study from the Sleep Foundation without sufficient sleep, your body makes fewer cytokines, a type of protein that targets infection and inflammation, effectively creating an immune response. Cytokines are both produced and released during sleep, causing a double whammy if you skimp on shut-eye. Chronic sleep loss even makes the flu vaccine less effective by reducing your body’s ability to respond. Consequently, the study advises taking two 30-minute-or-less daily naps to help mitigate sleep deprivation's effects on the immune system.
Eighty percent of your immune system is in the gut, so when it's healthy, we tend to be able to fight off infections faster and better. We should follow a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats, found in foods such as fatty fish, nuts and olive oil. This eating pattern is high in nutrients such as vitamin C, zinc and other antioxidants shown to help reduce inflammation and fight infection. It's also important to limit meat, especially processed and fried foods, all of which are more inflammatory. These help build up the good bacteria in your gut, which, in turn, supports a healthy gut and immune system.
Mindfulness Meditation to Reduce Stress
There's a strong link between your immune health and your mental health. When you're under chronic stress or anxiety, your body produces stress hormones that suppress your immune system. Research found that people who are stressed are more susceptible to developing the common cold. Stress causes an inflammatory response within the body that can greatly affect your fight-or-flight response by releasing too much of the stress hormone cortisol. It also leaves us more vulnerable to infections and disease, both in and out of the office. That's why mindfully meditating has become a must for any bio hacking entrepreneurs. There are various forms of mindfulness practices, ranging from the slow-moving poses of yoga and tai chi to myriad breathing techniques.
Working out is a powerful way to boost your immune system. It causes your body's antibodies and white blood cells to circulate more rapidly, which means they may be able to detect and zero in on bugs more quickly. Being active this way also lowers stress hormones, which reduces your chances of getting sick.
Research suggests that exercise's effects may be directly relevant to virus fighting, too. According to a recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, of 1,002 people surveyed, those who exercised at least five days a week had almost half the risk of coming down with a cold as those who were more sedentary. If they did get one, they reported less severe symptoms. There also may be a protective benefit from the sweat in your sweat session: Research has shown that simply raising your body temperature may help kill germs in their tracks.
Although we are in uncertain times, we don’t have to wait to see if we are healthy enough to overcome any type of sickness or disease. By implementing some of these holistic steps to boost your immune system, it will inevitably be a win-win situation for not only your health and well-being, but for keeping your surrounding safe.