The best way to deal with any medical condition — even COVID-19, the disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus — is by using prevention. It’s important that we do whatever we can to avoid getting sick, and that includes washing your hands thoroughly, regularly and effectively. Many viruses are transmitted by your own hands.
Strengthen Your System
Here are 4 ways to fight off possible infections by boosting your immune system:
Establish (or continue) an exercise routine. Regular exercise has been shown to keep your immune system functioning at top levels. When you’re physically active, you can keep pathogens out of your lungs and airways, minimizing illness. If you have a current routine you’re following, don’t let up on it. If you don’t, it might be a good time to begin.
Minimize stress. When you experience stress, it can release the hormone cortisol, boosting inflammation and actually suppressing your immune system, making it less effective. Many studies have shown those reporting the least amount of stress were also the least likely to get infections.
Maintain an adequate amount of sleep. This doesn’t only mean getting the right number of hours of shuteye, but also doing what you can do to ensure quality sleep as well. One reason for this: Sleep-deprived patients are more likely to develop an illness after exposure to a virus. Aim for 6-7 hours of quality sleep per night.
Support a healthy immune system. Eating healthy is important. A healthy gut will allow you to fight infections more effectively. Support your immune system by adding foods rich in vitamins A, C and D as well as zinc into your dietary regimen. Consume them often — at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily.