With the recent onset of the Novel Corona virus outbreak, everyone is very wary of contracting this disease. Besides practicing good personal hygiene, having a strong immune system also goes a long way towards keeping the virus at bay.
Have you ever wondered why some people are very prone to sickness and flu? The answer lies within our body’s immune machine.
Just like an army or police force in our country, the immune system is the first line of defence in the battle against these foreign virus and bacteria. The stronger your immune system, the lesser chance of you falling sick. However, having a strong immune system doesn’t make you invincible.
From changing your diet to having quality sleep, here are a few steps that you can take to ensure that your body is strong enough to defend you against these bacteria and virus outbreak.
Reducing Stress Levels
Chronic stress is extremely bad for the body. As written in our previous article “Pain & Stress Are Related”, stress causes the body to produce a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol disrupts our T-cells (a type of white blood cell), which makes it weaker in response to a bacteria or virus outbreak.
Cortisol also reduces IgA in the body. This IgA, is a type of antibody that takes care of our gut and breathing tract and protect us against these harmful bacteria and viruses. Therefore, keep your cool during work, do frequent exercise, yoga and meditation or start practicing deep breathing exercises.
Control Your Alcohol Consumption
Research have shown that extra consumption of alcohol can tamper with the immune machine and its pathway in many ways. However, moderate alcohol consumption can be useful to body.
Get Your Vitamins
There is this saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor at bay”. No doubt, apple has vitamins that can enhance your immune system. Apart from apple, taking other fruits and vegetables that contain Vitamin A, B6, C, D and E can help increase the strength of the immune system. Vitamin C is the biggest immune booster of all and absence of it could cause several illnesses, which include scurvy. You could get Vitamin C from various citrus fruits like orange, grapefruit, spinach and strawberries.
Consume More Vegetables
Leafy greens, fruits, seeds and nuts are loaded with plenty of nutrients, which are important to our immune system. Consuming them daily boosts your immune system. For a healthy liver, cruciferous greens like kale, broccoli and cabbage must be included in your daily healthy diet. This guarantees the body’s natural cleansing system.
Herbs & Dietary Supplements
Herbs like echinacea, elderberry, andrographis and astragalus can help lessen the severity of the virus attack on the body. Beyond that, consuming certain types mineral dietary supplements might provide important nutrients for a strong immune system. Do consult a professional nutritionist for more appropriate information on taking these supplements.
Get Some Exercise
Brisk walking or light jogging regularly is scientifically proven to reinforce the immune system. This mobilises the white blood cells, specifically the T-cells, which guard your body from bacteria and virus attack. However, intensive exercises weaken the immune system, leaving you prone to flu and other bacteria or virus attack.
Get Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep can trigger inflammation in the body. This will weaken your immune system and the body’s response to vaccines. Regularly sleep for 7–8 hours and avoid the “all-night long” lifestyle.
Reduce Smoking Habits
Smoking does not only make you prone to bacteria and virus attack, it also increases the danger of getting cancer. This habit impairs the immune system. Smoking is said to have a negative effect on both adaptive and innate immunity. However, in case it is difficult to reduce such a habit, there are options like nicotine patches or gums that can manage and reduce your smoking habits.
Our Approach Towards This Novel Corona Virus Outbreak
Ultimately, as wellness professionals, we also emphasize on holistic approaches to enhancing your physical well-being. Apart from the above dietary and lifestyle tips, we also recommend acoustic meridian therapy.
Anything that blocks or disturbs our meridian system will compromise our immune system, allowing bacteria and virus to invade our body easily.
Taking good care of our health is a long-term commitment and social responsibility. By doing so, your body will serve you optimally for more years to come. Take charge of your health now and register with us via the form below. Our friendly representative will get back to you shortly.